"Trail" option

It would be great if one could not only categorize their activity as a run but a TRAIL run. Speed, endurance, etc. varies hugely in trail vs. road running. It's kind of like a whole different sport - as if comparing treadmill running to road running. Quite different. Thank you for considering adding this!!!

 

Molly

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  • Yes! Totally agree, Molly. Please, Strava, add trail running as an activity type. You have different types of skiing so different types of running are valid too. Oh, and how about adding Mountain Biking while you're at it. Completely different sport to "cycling".

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  • +1. Just add a tag for "Trail Run" like the already existing "Long Run"

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  • This has been asked for ages. Strava doesn't recognize trail running as a separate sport, likely because its platform is so inflexible.

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  • Please add trail as a type or at least a tag

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  • i support too how can a 21 or 42 km on trail can have the same counts???? i open another application the same time with strava so i can see the real numbers...pitty to use the strava app like a typical journal instead of main tool......

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  • No matter how much I want a trail category added I see how it is a challenge and a can of worms. The category is far more than identifying the route as trail. I believe it will require the creation of new algorithms, and multiple other categories to support the data as well as convert all existing trail data. Seems to me there is an opportunity for a creative programer to create something specific to trail users. I think of road runner magazine vs. Trail runner magazine. These are two different audiences. I hope Strava takes on the challenge. 

     

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  • I don't see how a "trail run" option would be any more of a can of worms than the existing "long run" option.  Imagine trying to come up with an algorithm for what qualifies as a long run. If I run every day during a week for a total of 14 miles, I'm averaging 2 miles per day.  So if I run 3 miles on one of those days, does that qualify as a "long run"? Most runners would say no because the concept seems to be geared to marathon preparation -- like 40 miles per week with a 20-mile "long run" on the weekend.  So does that mean non-marathoners can't have long runs?  And if they can, then what algorithm determines the "correct" distance for such a run?  I would argue that no algorithm is needed: The runner makes the decision.  Likewise, the runner can decide whether to classify his/her own run as a trail run.  So why not just add that as an option? As for the conversion of existing trail data, that should also be left up to the individual runner.  Personally, I would start using the option immediately, but would not bother to go back and convert my past trail runs.

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