Introduction to Trail Running: Frontcountry - 2021

Trail Running Course

Introduction to Trail Running: Frontcountry

Learn how to get started with trail running on local "frontcountry" trails in the Seattle area & along the I-90 corridor

Info
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Introduction to Trail Running: Frontcountry is designed to introduce participants to trail running, with a focus on local frontcountry trails in the greater Seattle metro area and along the I-90 corridor. 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 outdoor recreation enthusiasts who wish to discover trail running.  It is recommended that you are in shape to comfortably run or run/walk 3 miles in order to have a successful experience during the field trips. 

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.

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

  • An introductory session held over Zoom web conferencing  
  • Field trips to a frontcountry location, e.g., the Issaquah Alps, to reinforce what you have learned and evaluate your learning. 
  • Recommended reading: Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running by Meghan Hicks and‎ Bryon Powell.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Classroom Session
Online Classroom
Tue, May 4, 2021
Registration opens Feb 15; Instructor registration open now
20 participants
2 instructors
Intro to Frontcountry Trail Running (optional)
Northwest Timber Trail
Sat, May 8, 2021
Registration opens Feb 15; Instructor registration open now
4 participants
1 instructor
Bridle Trails State Park
Thu, May 13, 2021
Registration opens Feb 15; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
1 instructor
Twin Falls
Tue, May 18, 2021
Registration opens Feb 15; Instructor registration open now
4 participants
0 instructors
Poo Poo Point
Wed, May 19, 2021
Registration opens Feb 15; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
1 instructor
Carkeek Park
Tue, May 25, 2021
Registration opens Feb 15; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
1 instructor
Tiger Mountain Lowlands
Thu, Jun 3, 2021
Registration opens Feb 15; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
0 instructors
Dirty Harry's Balcony
Mon, Jun 7, 2021
Registration opens Feb 15; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
1 instructor
Wilderness Peak Loop
Wed, Jun 9, 2021
Registration opens Feb 15; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
1 instructor
Lake to Lake Trail and Greenway
Wed, Jun 16, 2021
Registration opens Feb 15; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
1 instructor
Squak Mountain: May Valley Access
Thu, Jun 17, 2021
Registration opens Feb 15; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
1 instructor
Discovery Park
Mon, Jun 21, 2021
Registration opens Feb 15; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
0 instructors
Wallace Falls
Thu, Jun 24, 2021
Registration opens Feb 15; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
0 instructors
Coal Creek Natural Area
Mon, Jun 28, 2021
Registration opens Feb 15; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
1 instructor
Kamikaze (Teneriffe) Falls
Wed, Jun 30, 2021
Registration opens Feb 15; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
1 instructor
Roster
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 adapted for trail running
  • 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 (provided)

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.