Like the Wind | Number 35
In issue 35...
Perhaps the most amazing thing about our sport is that its simplicity transcends geography: trails, hills, sands and city streets are all ideal settings to put on your shoes and go out for a run.
In issue 35 of Like the Wind, the contributors really push this point, taking us around the world with stories of endurance, resilience... and maybe even a hint of madness. Jacob Zocherman tells us about a small Swedish town during the endless loops of the Backyard Ultra Satellite World Championships, and Piotr Drzastwa takes us behind the scenes of the Border to Hel relay - an event that is reminiscent of the SpeedProject, but with the added dimensions of the harsh landscape of Poland's northern coast. In the Scottish Highlands, Hayden Lorimer paints a glorious picture of hill climbing, from intense competition to flora and fauna to Hollywood celebrities.
Meanwhile, famed photographer Alexis Berg follows Dave Penney - aka Archive singer Dave Pen - as he takes part in the winter edition of the Spine Race : a grueling 439 km race in the middle of the North of England, in extremely difficult weather conditions. Dave's journey is eloquently described by French journalist Patricia Oudit.
You don't have to run a race to connect with your surroundings: Rachel Taylor takes us to the countryside near her home and shares her sense of belonging to the trees and the trails. The connection can also be creative: we meet some of today's most exciting GPS artists, who create works of art from the traces left by their feet and wheels.
In issue #35, we feature a thoughtful, academic examination of the importance of running in Native American culture, written by Scott Robinson, but we also share a hilariously candid phone conversation between the legend of the ultra running Courtney Dauwalter and journalist Sarah Barker, who used to watch Courtney run cross country in high school.
Wherever you are in the world, and whatever the backdrop of your favorite race, we hope you enjoy the stories and images we've gathered in this issue.
PS: for each tree used in the manufacture of the magazine, Like the Wind will plant 3 trees via Active Giving and in partnership with the reforestation project Eden. Like the Wind also donates 1% of each sale paid by credit card to Stripe Climate Pledge, which funds carbon removal projects.