Winter Trail Running Conditioning Series - 2023

Trail Running Course

Winter Trail Running Conditioning Series

Do you want to continue to hike uphill at a moderate to fast pace and jog on straghtaways and downhill (if not too steep), without losing conditioning over the winter months? Then register for our inaugural Winter Trail Running Conditioning Course to maintain or improve fitness! Get in shape - Stay in shape - Be the shape!

This course aims to help participants develop their fitness and connect with other trail runners during the winter months. It is structured as a series of progressive frontcountry runs that will slightly increase in distance and/or elevation from Dec to Jan to Feb. Most uphills will be at a moderate to fast hike; straightaways and downhill at a jog. We will look to avoid trails completely covered in snow, although exceptions made at leader discretion.

For those that would like to gauge progress on a specific route, the course may include a couple of optional timed runs at the beginning and end. 

Whether you are new to trail running or an experienced runner, we invite you to join us to get out more in a friendly, group environment while challenging yourself, discovering new trails, and meeting other runners.

Graduation Requirements

  • Attend virtual course kick-off
  • Complete 2 course runs per month for Dec, Jan and Feb
  • Complete Low-Impact Recreation training and earn Low-Impact Recreation badge

Course Agenda

  • Virtual Course Kick-off: Tuesday November 14th at 6:00 pm (required)
  • Virtual Mid-Course Check in on Sunday January 14 at 6:00 pm (optional)
  • Timed runs: Redmond Watershed Preserve or Cable Line (optional...Nov & Mar) 
  • Dec: 4-6 miles (sign up for up to 4 - required to complete 2)
  • Jan: 5-7 miles (sign up for up to 4 - required to complete 2)
  • Feb: 6+ miles (sign up for up to 4 - required to complete 2)
  • Mar: In-person graduation get-together (optional)

When registering, please sign up for the Virtual Course Kick-off, which is a graduation requirement. You may also sign up for the optional Virtual Mid-Course Check-in in January and the optional in-person Graduation Celebration in March.

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Additional badges needed to graduate


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
  • Trail running shoes
  • A small day pack suitable for trail running
  • Bring snacks and water
  • Trail running-adapted ten essentials
  • Headlamp with spare batteries required...will be used on most trips
  • Poles and running-specific gaiters (optional)
Course Materials

There are no materials for this course.