Trails Are For Every Body – Mandy Hansel

The following profile is a part of our Trails Are For Every Body Instagram series produced by ATRA board member Kriste Peoples.

The American Trail Running Association (ATRA) celebrates trail athletes at all levels of engagement and ability, and because the Trails Are For Every Body, each week we’re sharing the profiles of trail enthusiasts you might not otherwise know. If you’ve been enjoying these profiles, let us know! And if you’re an everyday trail enthusiast who’d like to share your story with us, we’d love to hear from you, as well!

Meet Mandy Hansel whose favorite trail activity is taking people who have never run on trails out for their first few attempts at trail running. “I love to see their confidence grow as they realize that they are capable of so much more than they ever thought possible!”

“I actually met my husband through trail running. I created a Facebook group for people training for a particular race and he joined us on two of our training runs. Couple years later we saw each other at a different trail race and the rest is history!”

“As a back of the pack runner, I have seen some incredible things done by some pretty incredible back of the pack runners. It doesn’t matter how fast you run, the trails are for EVERY speed and Every Body!”

Thank you for sharing your trail love stories with us, Mandy!

If you’d like to share your trail love story, we want to hear from you!

#trailrunners #trailsareforeverybody

Mandy runs trails in Winona, Minnesota or Southeast Minnesota a.k.a. The Driftless Region.

Photo: Mandy Hansel.