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A primer for respecting nature when going off-road:

We've been hearing it for several years: Trail running is gaining popularity. New races on singletrack in remote locations are filling faster, and back-country parks are gaining favor as a preferred training ground for trail aficionados and roadie converts alike. The burgeoning sport doesn't come with an instruction manual, but maybe it should. The environmental impact all these runners are having on our protected lands (and unprotected, as the case may be) is the high price we pay to enjoy their beauty. Every runner can take simple steps to become educated in the ways of the wilderness. Before you head out on your mountain adventure, know what to do when you're miles from a critically needed toilet, or you encounter wildlife, or you're tempted to take a shortcut off the beaten path (hint: don't). NO. 1 DON'T MAKE A STINK Human feces. A topic that makes us all squirm, but ...

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