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.
Meet Maria whose favorite trail activity is running, but has turned into hiking with her 9 month old on her back as of late.
“Being on a trail out in nature brings an inner peace and joy to my life. There is something about being out in nature that makes you see the beauty of the world and is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
“The trails really are for everyone, it doesn’t matter how far you go on a trail or how fast; it is about being outside. Every part of a trail is beautiful and everyone deserves to take in the beauty of the world that we live in and take a moment to disconnect. The hardest part is committing to going, and once you are there you just put one foot in front of the other.”
Thank you for sharing your trail love story, Maria!
If you’re an everyday trail runner who’d like to share your trail love story, DM us for details. We want to hear from you!