Professional trail runners travel the world to train and compete in some of the most amazing places on earth. Almost always running up monster hills, the athletes are lucky enough to see spectacular vistas and panoramas on a daily basis, meaning their social media is rarely short of incredible photography.

What better way to get an insight into a trail runner's life and the locations they explore than to follow some of the world's best on Instagram.

Timmy Olson


For Timmy, immersing himself in nature and running without boundaries is what gives him inspiration and a sense of well-being. As well as finding solace for his mind, Timmy competes in ultra-trails and is a multiple race winner.

Mira Rai


Mira Rai was awarded Adventurer of the Year by National Geographic this year. Growing up in a small mountain village her family had little money and struggled to send her to school. She joined the local militia aged 14 for two years before a chance encounter in her local park where she was invited to compete in her first proper trail race. After that first race, she entered more, performed well and got sponsored. From here she went on to place on podiums around the world and created a trail race in her home village to help support children’s education and inspire them to run.

Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes continues to push the limits of what is possible for human beings, running 350 miles over three days without stopping or sleeping. Blessed with rare genetics, Dean’s muscles don't build up lactic acid; it gets flushed out before it can have an effect. As well as recently running 50 marathons in 50 days he finds time to run for his charity that combats obesity among kids in America.

Laura Jones


Often running with her dog, Doris, Laura is on a quest to run seven trail marathons in seven continents within a year.

Peter Maksimow



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A thirst for running and beer, Peter Maksimow is one of the only professional runners I know who is sponsored by a beer company. Based out of Manitou Springs, Colorado he has some amazing terrain on his doorstep and brings his large personality and beard to every race he enters.

Seb Montaz


Courir, tomber et en rire! Run, fall and smile of it!.

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High energy, fast running and lots of fun; this Frenchman shows you his passion for running on some intense trails.

Kristina Pattison


A former wildland firefighter in Montana, Kristina Pattison consistently finishes in the top-ten at elite ultra-races. Apart from racing, she now has a lead role in the development and maintenance of trail running in and around the Missoula area.

Joe Grant


@antonkrupicka King of the castle. #moab

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A keen photographer and professional ultra-runner, Joe Grant took a photo on Instagram every day for a year, documenting his adventures. He then selected his favourite 52 photos and published that collection.

Anton Krupicka


I like to think of the Chemin des Rognes above Les Houches as a bit of a locals-only classic. I'm sure I'm wrong. But it's a super fun, non-guided, guaranteed chamoix-sighting, back way to get to Cabana des Rognes/Tete Rousse on the big grunt up Mont Blanc. And it offers this absolutely classic view of the Aguille du Midi, the Aguilles de Chamonix, and the whole valley. . Today, getting back down to this point was nice as it meant I was done navigating the short-roped, guided throngs...but still had 1hr and 6k' of vert to descend! . That's ok, the €8 minimum on debit cards meant that at breakfast I ended up having to buy and consume @alpineworks' usual share of espresso and pastries, too, which powered me to the end. Missing you over here, dude! . . @lasportivana @petzl_official @ultimatedirectionusa @zealoptics @stancerun @buffofficial

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Anton grew up on a Nebraskan farm surrounded by endless ridges and ravines to explore. His love for the outdoors continued as a he grew older, competing for his college running team in Colorado, before becoming a professional ultra-runner. Today he continues to run from his base in Boulder, Colorado enjoying life and the challenge of new trails.

Rory Bosio


Rory Bosio is a lover of running and yoga. Attributing her race success to her mental toughness developed in yoga. She competes in ultra-trails for The North Face and trains out of her home town of Truckee and the nearby Sierra Nevada mountains.


About the Author:

Pete Fletcher - Outdoor Expert

Pete grew up hiking most of the trails in the Lake District before being introduced to skiing. A decade later and you're most likely to find him snowboarding, skateboarding, fixing skis or making a mean coffee.

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