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Re: running shoes/trailrunning/thru-run
At 04:27 PM 3/29/96 -0600, you wrote:
>Questions for you all: What do you feel in general about trail runners?
> Is a well-behaved and polite runner fully accepted on the trail? Or
> does that rushing pace or light load somehow set them apart? Are
> day-hikers/runners and overnighters equal in your eyes?
>And one more time, how about the thru-run attempt at 52 days? What
> issues about trail usage does this bring up?
> I may have some answers and alternate points of view. At the same
>time, I recognize that a traditional thru-hiker might look with
>distain at some guy blasting thru who isn't even going to sleep on
> I hope this generates some interesting discussion.
I guess if the Trail get too crowded, I'd rather it were with backpackers.
Why not run some other trails? Is the fame of breaking mileage records what
your after? I think this is a poor reason to get on the AT. I don't denige
anyone the right to be there but I have the same repore with them as runners
passing me on the street, that is none. Backpackers have a comraderie makes
fast friends of strangers in a few days. I've heard of many reasons why
people hike the AT and I think nearly all of them are more noble than those
of a runner.