Running the Country … for Trail Runners?

[2/12/08 11:30 PM Note: I’ve voted, but keep the ideas coming for all the trail runners in states like Wisconsin, […]

By on February 10, 2008 | Comments

[2/12/08 11:30 PM Note: I’ve voted, but keep the ideas coming for all the trail runners in states like Wisconsin, Texas, Wyoming, Vermont, and Ohio who have yet to vote this primary season.]

I think I do a pretty good job of not discussing my personal life or views outside of running. However, I’ve never said that I wouldn’t discuss politics if and when it was relevant – this is one of those times. Tuesday the presidential primaries come to Virginia. While I could vote in either primary, I will vote in Democratic primary as the Republican nomination seemed to be wrapped up at this point and I’ve got no particular allegiance to the remaining Republican nominees. Therefore, I ask you with no predisposition towards either Sen. Clinton or Obama, does either have positions that are more favorable with respect to trail running than the other. Please keep the discussion civil and focused on how either candidate would be better for our running!

[Edit – added 2/11/08 9 AM]
Come on folks be creative here. There are so many issues that affect trail runners or are dear to them, such as:

  • Funding for National Parks, Forests, Wilderness Area, etc.
    • Fee for Use programs in these areas
  • Rails to Trails
  • Phys Ed classes in schools
  • Health care for when you get injured trail running at a time when you are free from employment

Obviously, the candidates’ positions on some of these issues, like health care, can be found on their websites, us trail runners might not have easy access to info on the other issues. I’m thinking of those first two points in particular.

Bryon Powell

Bryon Powell is the Founding Editor of iRunFar. He’s been writing about trail running, ultrarunning, and running gear for more than 15 years. Aside from iRunFar, he’s authored the books Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons and Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running, been a contributing editor at Trail Runner magazine, written for publications including Outside, Sierra, and Running Times, and coached ultrarunners of all abilities. Based in Silverton, Colorado, Bryon is an avid trail runner and ultrarunner who competes in events from the Hardrock 100 Mile just out his front door to races long and short around the world, that is, when he’s not fly fishing or tending to his garden.