Despite most of us associating Salomon with the mountains and regularly releasing stunning videos, often shot by the African Attachment, of the likes of Kilian Jornet setting a new ascent/ descent record on The Matterhorn, or Ryan Sandes on the Drakensburg Traverse, Salomon recognise that most of their followers live in towns or cities.
However, city running doesn’t have to be dull running and so Salomon have launched CityTrail- some forthcoming group runs led by Salomon athletes in cities across the UK (and further afield) this spring and summer. The goal being to (obviously sell you shoes eventually…and) bring people together to share routes you may not have known and meet other local likeminded runners in a sport often associated with solitude.
To quote Salomon directly:
“Every city has paved trails populated by people following the same path, but within this network of paths there are cut throughs, steps, bridges and varying surfaces to be found. CityTrail is about incorporating these varied features into your daily routine, breaking away from the herd and injecting variety into your run.
To help you achieve this, the Salomon CityTrail team will be on hand in urban parks in 13 cities around the UK this summer, marking out 5km and 2km courses devised by insiders at local running shops . The routes will suit all level of runners and will take in as many hidden spots, great views and points of interest as possible. There’ll be a pool of over 500 pairs of Salomon trail shoes and a batch of Suunto GPS watches to try out, plus professional trail runners to chat to and get advice from.”
You can register here for free and when you get there, you’ll be given a free set of Superfeet insoles plus a 9bar. The runs are also completely free.
Whilst short distance, this is an excellent opportunity to try some new routes and meet other local runners. I will be attending the Bath event on May 11th and hope to see a few friends there. It might also be the perfect distance to get reluctant friend or partner to come and experience running and possibly start the journey into realising why we love what we do.