By Mathias Eichler
The Trail Running Film Festival - Back on Tour for 2024.
As much as the consensus in the general public is that COVID is over, clearly it’s not. And while we might not see the insane deaths we saw at the beginning of the pandemic, thanks to the vaccines and mutations, and other factors, clearly people are still getting sick. And it doesn’t matter where you stand on the issue, we all are excited for these big races. As runners we train, spend a lot of money and time getting ourselves to these places and having it all be taken away from us but this stupid virus is more than just unfortunate. We can’t let ourselves get lulled into the belief that this is ‘the new normal’. This situation still very much sucks. It sucks for race directors wanting things back to normal, wanting people to gather, enjoy community, and wanting runners to give their best at each race. It sucks for runners and it sucks for us as spectators. We love this sport and we love following along, rooting for our favorites, and wanting to see a stacked field dueling it out at the top. It’s too soon for us to let our guards down.