International Trail Running and Ultrarunning Resources

Trail running and ultrarunning have exploded around the globe over the past decade. With that, a multitude of great magazines, websites, and forums have sprung up worldwide to meet local runners’ call for information. However, at the same time, both sports have become much more international with the most curious of us looking beyond national and linguistic boundaries to read the magazines, websites, and forums of other nations.

With that in mind, I’m hoping all of your will suggest the best trail running and ultrarunning resources in countries other than the US. (We’ve previously discussed American trail and ultrarunning resources.) We’ll be adding some of your suggestions to the below lists.

Even if you don’t have any suggestions for resources, we’d love to hear from our international readers, so please say “hi” and where you’re from in a comment.

Magazines (Each magazine has a complimentary website)

News Sites

Forums/Bulletin Boards

Last Updated: March 3, 2018

Bryon Powell: is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of iRunFar.com. Having spent nearly 20 years as an ultrarunner and three decades as a trail runner, he's also written Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons and co-wrote Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running. He calls Silverton, Colorado and Moab, Utah home.

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    • Thanks, Oliver. I'd seen forum.index.hu... but didn't know which sub-forum was for trail running. :-)

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  • Hi Bryon,

    I'm a keen reader from Israel - where there is a young but fast growing

    ultra community. We have a website - http://www.distance.co.il - but it's mostly

    in Hebrew...

    Over the last 5 years we've progressed from an introductory 50k trail run

    up to 100 miles and beyond on some challenging trails. We've had a couple

    of runners at Badwater and WS and 1 runner at the Spartathlon this year.

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  • Hi from Finland. Your guide book R.F.P. has been really useful to me. The section about descending alone has helped me to "keep the shiny side up" on technical Alpine trails. Thanks!

    Nordic Ultra is a new e-magazine in English about ultra running in Scandinavia and Northern Europe.

    You can read the first two issues at http://issuu.com/nordicultra

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  • Three international resources that helped me find trail running events during travel:

    Trail Running Soul, http://trailrunningsoul.com/trs/ -- nice blog & calendar, especially for European events;

    Patagonia Eventos http://patagoniaeventos.com/ -- lots of events in South America (we did one in Argentina and it was fantastic), but the site is in Spanish;

    and for New Zealand, Paul Charteris's blog http://trailrunz.blogspot.com/

    Thanks for the great list of resources in this post! It makes me want to run around the world :-)

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    • Unfortunately, Trail Running Soul has faded away this year as other pursuits have drawn Edu away.

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  • Hey Bryon,

    They have a website in France called http://www.jesuisuncoureur.com which gives lists and maps of races and records your stats etc. I live in France and my french is lousy but the site is quite informative. I'm sure you are aware that the French ultra and trail running community is pretty advanced. I believe second only to the US in terms of the number of trail races and usually with plenty of elevation! I seem to be the only foreigner in all the races , we need more of you guys over here, be a bit more fun. They take it really, really seriously......but to be fair they're they are very good.

    Phil

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  • Anybody have any resources for Trailrunning in Iceland?

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  • Hi Byron,

    Thanks for the mention of the Australia/ NZ Trail Run Magazine. To return the favour, we're reviewing RFP in the next issue (actually this was already planned a while back and I'm busily making my way through the book) :).

    Many great trails on this side of the world - a trail-running holiday to Australia and NZ would be sure to please.

    Nick

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  • Hi Bryon,

    Marcus and I met you in Squaw valley earlier this year.

    In addition to the Australian trailrunner mag there is also;

    http://www.ultra168.com

    Our goal is to provide runners with the latest Australian and international news, gear reviews, interviews and information on our own training and races.

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  • You're welcome, Nick. I hope you enjoy the book.

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  • Andrew, you're on the list!

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    • Cheers Bryan - much appreciated! (Andrew, Dan, Darrel, Marcus)

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  • If you click to my link, you will jump right to the trailrunning forum, called in Hungarian "Terepfutas". The conversations there are in Hungarian, but you can post in English, if you have questions related to trail running, racing in Hungary, etc, no problem, someone will answer you soon (in English). Only a couple runner know it from abroad, but we have lot of great marked trails here, but unfortunately no big mountains. Inspite of the flatland, Csaba Nemeth have been able to finish five times in the top 10 at the UTMB in the recent years.

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  • We are a web site of Trail Running reviews (spanish and english):
    http://www.trailrunningreview.com
    I hope this will be helpfull!

    TRR Team.

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  • Hi Bryon

    It's worth me saying that The Fellrunner magazine is not commercially available. It is distributed only to members of the Fell Runners Association. So anyone hunting for a copy via "normal channels" will struggle to find it.

    As you know, the FRA covers a broad church of fell and mountain running. We don't yet have a specific body here in the UK devoted to off-road ultra running. But the FRA race calendar covers events from classic 1.5 mile "shorts" up to a 37 miler in the Lake District as well as a number of 2 day mountain marathons. The magazine content reflects that breadth.

    The FRA race calendar is fully web-based and available via the FRA website you've linked to.

    Next edition of The Fellrunner is out any day now.

    If you are lucky, one may turn up in Park City!

    Cheers.

    Morgan

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    • Morgan,
      Thanks for pointing out that The Fellrunner is not commercially available. I'm hoping that the listing will get a few Brits (or others) interested in becoming members of the FRA. :-)

      ... now if only we could get a fell race in Park City!
      -bp

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  • Hi Bryon,

    in Hong Kong we organise hikes and trailruns using the meetup platform. I am sure there are more groups like that around the globe.

    Our meetup groups have submitted around 15 teams (of 4 each) for the Hong Kong Trail Walker 100km.

    See
    http://www.meetup.com/HKTrailRunners http://www.meetup.com/hongkonghikinggroup http://www.meetup.com/HKFastHikers/

    Cheers,

    Martijn

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