Introduction to Trail Running: Frontcountry - 2024

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
  • A beginner trail runner who wants to find an inclusive community and new running friends

Field trips will range from 3 to 6 miles. All paces are welcome, including a combination of walking uphills and running/jogging.

This course will introduce you to trail running gear, basic trail running techniques and etiquette, basic frontcountry trail navigation, hydration and fueling basics, and trail running safety.

For participants new to trail running, this course is a good stepping stone prior to  Introduction to Trail Running: Backcountry course, should you choose to take it. Please note that this course,  Introduction to Trail Running: Frontcountry, is not a prerequisite for taking the latter.

Note: If the course is full, please sign up for the waitlist.

Course Format

The course consists of:

  • An introductory online session held over Zoom web conferencing.
  • Field trips to a frontcountry location, e.g. the Issaquah Alps, to reinforce what you have learned and ask questions.

Field trips are split into 3 different instruction blocks, each focused on a different skill:

  • April 15  - April 28 : Trail and group etiquette
  • April 29 - May 19    : Uphill and downhill running
  • May   20  - June 9     : Technical terrain

Graduation Requirements

To graduate and earn your skills badge, you must attend the introductory Zoom session and at least 1 field trip of each instruction block - 3 field trips total minimum. Once you have completed all graduation requirements, please e-mail course contact.

Please reach out if you have any questions.

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Intro to Trail Running: Frontcountry - Trail and Group Etiquette (optional)
Redmond Watershed Preserve
Sun, Apr 21, 2024
Registration closes Apr 19
1 participant
0 instructors
Tiger Mountain Lowlands
Tue, Apr 23, 2024
Registration closes Apr 21
0 participants
0 instructors
Intro to Trail Running: Frontcountry - Uphill and Downhill Running (optional)
Grand Ridge Park: Coal Mine Loop
Tue, Apr 30, 2024
Registration closes Apr 28
1 participant
0 instructors
Cougar Mountain: Sky Country Trailhead
Tue, Apr 30, 2024
Registration closes Apr 28
2 participants
0 instructors
Tiger Mountain Lowlands
Tue, May 7, 2024
Registration closes May 5
0 participants
0 instructors
Coal Creek Falls Loop
Thu, May 9, 2024
Registration closes May 7
1 participant
0 instructors
Carkeek Park
Thu, May 16, 2024
Registration closes May 14
1 participant on waitlist
1 instructor
Intro to Trail Running: Frontcountry - Running on Technical Terrain (optional)
Tiger Mountain Lowlands
Wed, May 22, 2024
Registration closes May 20
1 participant
0 instructors
Cougar Mountain: Harvey Manning Trailhead
Thu, May 30, 2024
Registration closes May 28
3 participants on waitlist
0 instructors
Cougar Mountain: Sky Country Trailhead
Sun, Jun 2, 2024
Registration closes May 31
2 participants on waitlist
0 instructors
Dirty Harry's Balcony
Wed, Jun 5, 2024
Registration closes Jun 4
1 participant
0 instructors
Poo Poo Point via Chirico Trail
Wed, Jun 5, 2024
Registration closes Jun 2
5 participants
Roster
Required Equipment

Field trip gear list:

  • Trail running shoes
  • Technical running clothes in synthetic or wool fabrics - No cotton.
  • Ten essentials adapted for frontcountry trail running
  • Lightweight windshell or rainshell
  • Running vest or belt
  • Water and snacks
  • Map (downloaded or physical)
  • Cell phone

Weather dependent items (optional):

  • Gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • SPF
  • Cap (sun hat) or beanie (warm hat)
  • Extra layers
  • Watch
Course Materials

There are no materials for this course.