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.