December Winter Conditioning Runs: 4-6 miles - Point Defiance Park

Field trip: Winter Trail Running Conditioning Series

December Winter Conditioning Runs: 4-6 miles - Point Defiance Park

Winter Trail Running Conditioning Course runs from 4-6 miles. You will need to complete 2 course runs per month over Dec, Jan and Feb to graduate.

  • Easy/Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 5.36 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 393 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 308 ft
  • Pace: avg 4 mph

Meet at 8:00 am at tennis courts. Following introductions, description of route and current trail conditions, plan to start running at 8:10 am. There are public bathrooms in the park - we will pass one soon after we start. City park - no parking passes needed.

This route will cover the outer loop of Point Defiance Park.

We will be covering ~5 3/8 miles and 393 feet of elevation gain. Given low elevation gain, we will look to do an avg pace of 4.0, although somewhat slower on the few uphill sections. Goal is for everyone to run at a conversational pace, which means you can talk in complete sentence without gasping for air, can easily breath through your nose, and have an average heart rate typically less than 140 (75% of max heart rate).  Shouldn't be huffing and puffing. Please bring headlamp since we will be in the dark for virtually the whole route!

For a complete description of  trail running with the Mountaineers, please consult the Trail Running Standards.

Gaia route:

City of Tacoma trails map:

Full details will be soon after registration closes on February 27. In the interim, please contact the leader with any questions at


Point Defiance Park

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Please wear layers of breathable, technical clothing suitable for outdoor aerobic activities for this course's activities.

  • Waterproof jacket, hat, buff, gloves, sunglasses; running-specific gaiters recommended
  • Warm mid-weight layer (e.g. down vest or wool long sleeve)
  • Trail running shoes
  • A small day pack suitable for trail running
  • Bring snacks and water
  • Trail running-adapted ten essentials
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