Chalk it up to the boomer demographic, the call of nature and just having fun, trail running is one of the bigger physical activity trends happening right now. At least the National Association of Home Builders thinks so:
Trails are the No. 1 amenity potential homeowners cite when asked what they would like to see in a new community, ahead of public parks and outdoor pools, according to the National Association of Home Builders. Trails were cited by 57 percent of prospective buyers in a 2004 survey by the association. “All of the evidence we have suggests that demand for trails is increasing,” said Gopal Ahluwalia, the vice president for research at the builders’ group. [NY Times]
To paraphrase Sutton's Law, when designing environments and physical activity programs in the suburbs, go where the trails are!