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Chris Ritter

Why I Run

Running has always been what lets me feel most present in a place. Life can always throw things at you that take your mind away from what’s in front of you, but no matter where I’ve lived — Virginia, Maine, or New York City — running has made me feel more connected to that place than I’ve felt without it.

My favorite trail to run

Cole Mountain in Amherst County, Virginia. If you know, boy, do you know.

What I hope to convey in my writing

Appreciation for little things, empathy towards people and the earth, and permission to be joyful.

More about Chris

Also a photographer; songwriter; Southerner; climber; surfer; fan of biscuits; struggling morning person; public radio enthusiast, Waffle House enjoyer; lover of writing by Hanif Abdurraqib, Lucy Dacus, Ann Powers, Arlo Parks, William Finnegan, and Lorde; proponent of Mayonnaise on fries. 

Instagram, Twitter: @chrisrittr 


Recent posts by Chris Ritter

The Long Road to Running in a City

A few months ago, I found myself in a familiar place: back in my hometown’s running shop, struggling to decide what shoes to buy. I had narrowed it down to two—a newer model of the road shoes I had been running in for years, and a pair trail shoes, built for the trails I wanted […]