I am the road runner who said I was never going to run trails. 

As the one who was just happy to be putting one foot in front of the other I didn’t see any reason to throw unnecessary obstacles in my way like steep hills, rocks and roots. Why run dirty, dusty and challenging trails when I could run my smooth, rhythmic and calming roads?

But then I met Solana and she made me do it anyway despite my protest. Turns out even this road runner loves trail running. It’s dirty, dusty and challenging yes, but also scenic, calming and one of the best workouts out there!

There are tons of reasons to love trail running and here are 8 reasons why you should get off the road and try trails this summer too…

1. The scenery is amazing

trail running pin

Check out this beautiful view from Diez Vistas!

2. You get to wear cool shoes

My personal favourites, the Mizuno Wave Ascends

My personal favourites, the Mizuno Wave Ascends

3. Aid stations look like this!

We’re talking candy, chips, cookies, fruit, pop...

We’re talking candy, chips, cookies, fruit, pop…

4. You get to run on cool boardwalks

Seriously, who wouldn’t want to try their feet on this!

Seriously, who wouldn’t want to try their feet on this!

4. And jump in lots of puddles


Sorry, couldn’t capture a clear shot of me actually jumping!

Sorry, couldn’t capture a clear shot of me actually jumping!

5. The people are fantastic!


6. There are little surprises hidden everywhere

I’ve seen many strange things out on the trails but Barbie here takes the cake!

I’ve seen many strange things out on the trails but Barbie here takes the cake!

7. If you fall, it just makes you seem tougher

Even a fall can turn into a cool story!

Even a fall can turn into a cool story!

8. It’s always okay to walk up the hills!

And to stop along the way for selfies!

And to stop along the way for selfies!

So whether you’re itching to try trails for the first time or are already a seasoned bush whacker,I am very excited to offer you the chance to go run some trails with 5 Peaks! They are super excited to have brand new courses for their Cypress Mountain event on July 26 and have given me a free entry to give away to one of my readers!

Who wouldn’t want to run Cypress with views likes this?

Who wouldn’t want to run Cypress with views likes this?

Here’s how to enter:

  • All you have to do is leave us a comment below and let us know via the Rafflecopter
  • You can earn extra entries by choosing as many of the other Rafflecopter options as you like
  • Don’t forget you can tweet about the giveaway every day for multiple entries!
  • There’s an option for everyone so tell all your friends!
  • Winner will be chosen randomly and notified on Thursday, July 17

I’m pretty excited to go bust a gut on the challenging new Enduro course and I’m excited to see who wins the chance to come out and do it too! I wish you the best of luck! 

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  1. Jamie Douglas    

    Great blog and inspiration.

    Nice meeting you at Alice Lake and see you again soon enough.


  2. Jillian Walker    

    Great blog post Nikki!

    I need to get out there and run on the trails one of these days!
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  3. Cory Crawford    

    wooden bridges are pretty cool too:)

  4. Wendy    

    Hi Nikki,
    I finally own some trail shoes! I have always wanted to try trail running. At first I did not own the correct shoes and then did not know anyone to take me out to a trail. This year I decided I would not wait I would just do it! By the way I really enjoy your blog and hope to meet up with you again sometime out on course.

  5. David    

    Love the article, and love trail running, especially up from Cypress to the Two Lions.

  6. Solana    

    What a great post to help spread the word – thank you!

  7. Melissa    

    Love the photos…I kinda wanna try your mizuno shoes! 😀
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  8. Heike Kilian    

    Another great reason to run on trails these days – it so nice to run on the shadier trails than on the roads baking in the heat!

  9. Lilian    

    Nothing beats my love for running and nature. Trail running combines both! Plus the trail community is excellent.

  10. Nicole E    

    Cypress will be my first trail race! I’m a road runner too, and am going to give trail running a shot :)

  11. Christie D    

    Great blog! I am new to trail running and love your passion and all the details and pics. I have never been a runner but I Love trail running … the scenery for sure! and the people are great. I love the push of going uphill and the fun of running down.

  12. Brittant    

    I did the 5 Peaks Golden Ears trail race and that was a lot of run! I’m looking forward to more trail runs, just need to get me a fancy pair of shoes! :)

  13. Brittany    

    I just noticed I spelled my name wrong.. Haha its Brittany, with a Y.. 😛

  14. Cathryn R    

    Heartbreakingly, I can’t enter the competition or run that race despite being a Californian runner up in Vancouver that very week – my husband’s doing the IronMan in Whistler the next day so I can’t really dash off and race although it looks AMAZING. But I wondered…where is that amazing boardwalk? Wondering if I can sneak a run in during the week!
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  15. Kristi@Blog for an Average Runner    

    Wish I lived out that way – I would be putting in an entry!
    Actually while I was in your end of the country I entered a giveaway on another blog and won a free entry into a midnight madness race in Philly this weekend, so the race bag is being packed again :)
    I finally wrote my review of the Vancouver race if you want to check it out. I realized as I posted that the only picture I had from the race was the one of you and I – I was too busy chasing that sub 2 hour half marathon to stop for pictures 😉
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  16. Karin Femi    

    Nice post, it summarizes well why most of us love our local trail events. For me, it is the only kind of off-track running worth getting my track coach mad! 😉 I just love being out in the woods and on the mountains. Also, I love the fact that I can do it as run/walk intervals, which is closer to what I would do at track practice.
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  17. Adam Lee    

    I’ve only really done running on roads, but I love mountain biking and being in the woods, so this seems like a great idea! I love the challenge of a good mountain climb, what a great way to get out there…

  18. Ro    

    This confirms to me that I should try trail running, looks amazing. I agree about the cool shoes too!
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