Ed’s Let­ter

Runner's World South Africa - - CONTENTS - Mike Finch Ed­i­tor-in-Chief @MikeFinchSA

Our read­ers aren’t just the peo­ple who buy our mag­a­zine. In many ways they are part­ners, con­stantly con­tribut­ing sto­ries, ideas and feed­back. While re­view­ing the Best of 2018 (p42), con­tribut­ing ed­i­tor Lisa Abdellah put to­gether her top picks from our reader in­ter­ac­tions: the best ad­vice, the run­ners who in­spired us, the most suc­cess­ful weight­loss sto­ries, and so on. 2018 has been an amaz­ing year, with so much of our mag­a­zine ded­i­cated to the sto­ries of peo­ple who have changed their lives through run­ning. Thank you for be­ing our in­spi­ra­tion!

So: what does the fu­ture of run­ning look like? In our fea­ture start­ing on p54, we stare into our crys­tal ball in an at­tempt to an­swer that ques­tion. While tech­nol­ogy has un­doubt­edly helped with the con­tin­ued growth of run­ning glob­ally, I must say it was RW US colum­nist Alex Hutchin­son’s thoughts in the fea­ture that in­spired me the most: “I pre­dict that a best­selling book 25 years from now (hope­fully mine!) will spark a mas­sive move­ment known as the New Min­i­mal­ism, in which run­ners around the world de­cide to shed their wear­able tech­nol­ogy, un­plug their im­planted mon­i­tor­ing and anal­y­sis chips, and go for a run, set­ting their pace based on noth­ing more than how they feel.”

The Ot­ter Trail , run in Novem­ber, flew un­der the radar of the main­stream me­dia. Few knew that it was the cul­mi­na­tion of the in­au­gu­ral Golden Trail Se­ries, and served as this year’s un­of­fi­cial world trail-run­ning cham­pi­onships. It was a huge hon­our to have the best trail ath­letes in the world com­pet­ing against our lo­cal stars, along a route known to be as se­vere a test as it is beau­ti­ful. South Africa con­tin­ues to main­tain its image as one of the top en­durance sports na­tions in the world. Turn to p74 for our wrap-up – and some great pics.

How about mak­ing next year the year of the 5K ? Take a break from the marathons and ul­tras and Iron­mans, and fo­cus on run­ning a fast five. Crazy talk? Not so much – turn to p22, and see why the 5K may be a big­ger chal­lenge than you might think. I dare you.

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