By Patrick Tuttle
on 9.2.08

Set Your Training Free

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I don’t know about you but I’m tired of being cooped up in my gym. With Fall rapidly approaching there aren’t that many more chances to make my workouts al fresco either. But if you’re like me, you’re turning this into an opportunity. Stop running around the block or neighborhood and blend your fitness needs with an outdoor adventure. And if you’re creative enough you may even be rewarded for your efforts with Salomon’s XT Challenge.

salomon-xt-wings.jpgHere’s how it works: Runners from all over the world come up with an inspired personal challenge, and submit their plans online here. Each month, Salomon will select the most creative challenge. That lucky runner gets a pair of Salomon XT Wings to wear for their challenge, and a Nokia Smartphone equipped with the new Sports Tracker software to document it. When they complete their challenge, they upload photos and data to the Salomon Running site, where other runners can check out dynamic maps of their route.

Some of the challenges so far have included an English runner who’s recreating the Central London Tube map by running all 11 routes above ground, and a French runner challenged himself to run up the Eiffel Tower in less than 20 minutes. You’re going to need your thinking caps and a little bravado to be a contender.

What this means to you: Training outdoors and setting your sights on a challenging goal is a great way to break the gym monotony and rejuvenate your workouts with a renewed focus. Once you experience the thrill of trail running you may never want to hit the treadmill again.

Sign Up For The Salomon XT Challenge

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