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Amanda Loudin

Why I run

Honestly, I can’t imagine not running. It’s my physical and mental health, and has been the constant in my life for more than 20 years. Running has taken me all over the world, introduced me to my best friends, and provided a steadying force through the ups and downs of life. Running has opened more doors for me than I could have ever imagined, and it’s my goal to keep at it until the very end.

My favorite trail to run

I’m a recent transplant to the Boulder area, but my heart and favorite trails belong in Maryland. My favorite spot is Patapsco Valley State Park, with endless miles of rolling trails that loosely follow a river. The variety is mind blowing, the climbs are long, and the forest holds centuries of Mid-Atlantic history, some of which is on display in old ruins you pass along the way. I return as often as time and my pocketbook allow.

What I hope to convey with my writing

Running gives us so many rich characters, and it’s always a privilege to share their stories on the page. I hope I convey the personalities, experiences, and depth these runners share with me, giving readers an appreciation for all that running delivers.

More about Amanda

Amanda Loudin is a freelance writer with bylines in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Outside and countless other titles. You can find her work on her website, and for now, follow her on Twitter.

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