Introduction to Trail Running: Frontcountry - 2019

Trail Running Course

Introduction to Trail Running: Frontcountry

Learn how to get started with trail running on local frontcountry trails.

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Introduction to Trail Running: Frontcountry 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 close to roads and easily accessible by foot. These trails typically have cell phone service 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 focuses on  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. 

The course consists of two components. To graduate and earn your skills badge, you must attend the classroom session and at least 4 of the field trips offered.

  • A one hour classroom session.
  • A series of field trips to a variety of frontcountry locations, e.g., the Issaquah Alps, to reinforce what you have learned and evaluate your learning. It's recommended that you are in shape to comfortably run 3 miles on the road in order to have a successful experience during the field trip.
  • Recommended reading: Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running by Meghan Hicks and‎ Bryon Powell.

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Be able to name and evaluate factors that impact trail running such as weather, terrain, and trail conditions
  • Be familiar with safety concerns specific to trail running and best practices for safety
  • Demonstrate on-trail navigational competency
  • Be familiar with gear specific to trail running and know how and when to use it

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment

Field trip gear list:

  • Appropriate shoes, socks, shorts/pants and/or other apparel in technical/synthetic/wool fabrics for trail running
  • 10 Essentials 
  • lightweight rain-resistant or waterproof jacket
  • Pack or waist belt or equivalent to hold required items and personal possessions such as medications, cell phone, keys, etc.
  • Water and snacks
  • Map 

Weather dependent items (optional):

  • Gloves
  • Watch
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat or warm hat
  • Extra layers in in technical/synthetic/wool fabrics, e.g., an extra long-sleeved shirt
Course Materials

There are no materials for this course.