Trail Running

Trail Running

Trail running is the best way to cover a lot of ground while carrying minimal weight.

Trail running basics

Introduction to frontcountry Trail Running

Tiger Mountain Trail sign with wildflowers and mistIntroduction to Frontcountry Trail Running is designed to introduce participants to trail running, with a focus on local frontcountry trails. Frontcountry trail running refers to running on established trails that are easily accessible, typically have cell phone coverage, and are frequented by day users. Examples of such trails include those in the Issaquah Alps, city and state parks, and urban trail corridors. The curriculum addresses the basic knowledge and resources needed to plan trail running routes and begin running on trails, safely and with increased confidence.  This course is ideal for road runners and outdoor recreation enthusiasts who wish to discover trail running. 

TYPICALLY OFFERED

This course is generally listed and opened for registration in early spring with a start date in late spring. This course is offered by our Foothills branch.

Badges you can earn

Trail Running Fundamentals skills badge

 

 

 

Introduction to Backcountry Trail Running

Rock cairn with mountains in backgroundIntroduction to Backcountry Trail Running is designed to introduce participants to trail running in more remote wilderness locations. The curriculum covers how to travel as a trail runner in the backcountry safely. This course is ideal for outdoor recreation enthusiasts with an interest in trail running and runners who wish to take their trail running to the next level. This course's badge is required for participation in backcountry trail running trips.

 

TYPICALLY OFFERED

Courses are generally listed and opened for registration in late spring, with a late spring to early summer start date. This course is available through our Foothills branch. 

Badges you can earn

Backcountry Trail Running Course

 

 

 

Introduction to Winter trail running

Snowy treesThis course teaches and practices winter trail running skills.

TYPICALLY OFFERED

Courses are generally listed and opened for registration in late fall, with an early to mid-winter start date. This course is available through our Foothills branch. 

 

 

Other Trail Running Courses

Backcountry trail running conditioning series

A structured series of backcountry trail runs to build fitness and camaraderie.  The Backcountry Trail Run course badge or equivalent is required for participation in backcountry trail running trips.

TYPICALLY OFFERED

This course is generally listed and opened for registration in late spring, with a late spring to early summer start date. This course is available through our Foothills branch.

Introduction to fastpacking

Fastpacking is where trail running meets ultralight backpacking. Learn how to get started in this growing sport! The Backcountry Trail Run course badge or equivalent is required for participation in backcountry overnight trail running trips. 

TYPICALLY OFFERED

This course is generally listed and opened for registration in late spring, with a late spring to early summer start date. This course is available through our Foothills branch.