Like the Wind | Number 36
In issue 36...
In issue 36, American writer Matt Wisner takes us on the trail of the Penn Relays, soaking up the unique atmosphere that Jamaican fans bring to what might otherwise be an unremarkable athletic encounter. A few oceans away, Jaymes Shrimski tells us about the burgeoning race team culture in Manila, where running is still a niche sport and shiny corporate buildings coexist with the red-light district. Meanwhile, in Australia, Luke O'Shea's fantastic photographs paint a brilliant picture of the world cross-country championships, while writer Euan Crumley offers his take on a running discipline that has never maybe not always the recognition it deserves.
The hunt for running records and increasingly longer cumulative distances is hot news. Jared Beasley explains why women are leading the pack when it comes to running records. We're also delighted to have spoken with Dylan Bowman, the man behind Freetrail, who talks to us about how he sees the future of ultra running.
It's amazing to be able to showcase all of these stories on our pages...but maybe running isn't quite the fantastically inclusive universal community we'd like to think it is. Like the Wind editor Simon Freeman sat down with Alison Désir and Sabrina Pace-Humphreys to discuss how, despite what some ad campaigns might have us believe, the world of running is still very often focused on the needs and expectations of the white and male population. As black women, Alison and Sabrina are spearheading change, but there's still a long way to go before everyone has the freedom to run their way without encountering ignorance and prejudice.
And even within the white male running population, hidden issues may be at play. Three men bravely speak out on our pages to talk about their eating disorders and stereotypes about how 'runners' look .
As always, it is a huge privilege to be able to showcase these stories in Like the Wind and provide a platform for the voices of the entire international running community. We hope you enjoy reading this issue as much as we enjoyed making it.
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.