|Written by Margreet Dietz|
|Don't let the potential of meeting cougars or bears stop you in your trail-running tracks.|
As a four-time member of Canada's mountain running team, Jason Loutitt is used to pacing himself through the bush. Adapting to the terrain and its elements is par for the course. Still, he was stopped in his tracks during a training run in January 2006 when he stumbled on a cougar. "The first thought I had was: Darn, what am I going to do for my training?" says Loutitt, who was then living in Banff. On that day, he was headed for Canmore on a 21-kilometre trail.