Introduction to Trail Running: Frontcountry - 2023

Trail Running Course

Introduction to Trail Running: Frontcountry

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

Introduction to Trail Running: Frontcountry is designed to introduce participants to trail running. 

This course is for you, if you are:
  • a hiker who is looking to explore local frontcountry trails at a faster pace
  • a road runner who is interested in switching the terrain and the views for your runs, or
  • a beginner trail runner who wants to find an inclusive community and new running friends

Field trips will vary in distance from 3 to 6mi where all paces, including hike/run, are welcome.  

This course will introduce you to trail running gear, frontcountry trails navigation, nutrition options, trail running safety, and basic trail running techniques.

Course Format

The course consists of:

  • An introductory session held over Zoom web conferencing - required.
  • Field trips to a frontcountry location, e.g., the Issaquah Alps, to reinforce what you have learned and evaluate your learning.
  • To graduate: participate in 3 field trips.
  • Recommended reading: Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running by Meghan Hicks and‎ Bryon Powell.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate and earn your skills badge, you must attend the introductory Zoom session and 3 of the field trips offered. 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 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 (printed or digital) 

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.