Academic English

“Trail Running”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
difficult running and exercise man 03:51
Randall Davis - Trail Running

Pre-Listening Exercise

What are the psychological and physical benefits of exercise and running? In the picture above, why do you think Michael and Shirley are holding up ribbons, and Randall only has his sock and a rock?


“run like the wind” = to run very fast
Jacob ran like the wind when school ended.”

“run out of gas” = to lose energy
Ashley did very well during the first part of the race, but she then ran out of gas during the last mile of the event.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

This race took place ____.

In this race, participants ran on mountain trails in which you have to climb and descend parts of the course.

During the race, Randall and Shirley ____.

Now, we're not very competitive, so we just enjoyed talking together and enjoying the scenery.

Randall fell during the race when he _____.

I tripped on a rock or tree root . . . I don't remember . . . and I had a spectacular fall, and in the process.

Which statement is true about the story?

As it turned out, both my wife and son had won first place in their age groups, but I had no chance of placing . . . my son (who had finished about 30 minutes earlier) had run back up the trail to meet me and run with me to the end.

The lesson we learn from this story is that ______.

In other words, challenges can make us stronger if we let them. And you discover that you are simply blessed for being alive.

Post-Listening Exercise

What are two things you like to do to stay active and fit? What do you like most about these activities? Share your ideas.

Online Investigation

Read and watch of video of my race reports. What are your impressions about such events? Why do you think that people participate in such races? Would you ever give it a try? Why or why not?