Trail and ultra running have exploded in popularity both in New Zealand and across the globe in the last few years. Within New Zealand, there's barely a weekend without a big trail race in the calendar. Not content with the odd marathon, runners are now redefining their downtime and taking up "running holidays", which see them getting away from the crowds and into the hills, taking on epic days-long quests, all under their own steam. Vera Alves looks at the growth of this trend and what motivates people to ditch the traditional quiet holiday and put their bodies through their

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