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Nothing should hold you back. Its not uncommon to hear people say "I Love Trail Running", or" Why haven't I done this sooner". Running on trails for many brings back the memories of when running through the forest and getting dirty was fun. For others its a chance to get away form hectic pace of city life. What ever your reason we want to say Welcome to this new, exciting and growing fun way to exercise and experience the outdoors.
We want to suggest a few tips: Start gradually. We suggest that you start with a shorter run, giving your body a chance to adapt to the new challenges. Keep your eyes and attention fowardas you scan the trail. Take time to notice the flow of the trail, whether it gets wider or narrows, or goes up or down. A brief scan in front of you will also alert you of obstacles. A down tree, a low hanging limb, rocks and roots, are just a few of the many obstacles you may encounter on the trail. Know your limitations. If you can't run at your normal fast speed its ok. You are not going to set any records on trails. Carry water with you. Even though there are water stations at trail races you need to make sure you carry enough water between stations. Stay on the trail. No one thinks they will get lost or get off the trail, but it does happen. Our trail races are well marked and If you haven't seen any markings for a while then you may be off the trail. You should back track until you do see markings and get on the correct trail. Do not touch or bother any wildlife. We will be running through forest and mountains where many animals, insects, and reptiles call home. Be Carefull Around Water. Many of our races will take us on trails that cross moving water, and streams. In most cases you will be able to bunny hop across with out getting your feet wet and in a few you may not be able to do this. In either case wet rocks are slippery. Do not litter. This is a big one. If you are used to getting water at road races and then throwing your cup on the ground that practice will not be allowed on the trail. Trail runners live by a code of leave no trace. Please put any trash into the proper container. Lastly, come prepared. The maximum enjoyment of any trail race starts with making sure you are fit enough to finish the course. There is nothing worse than giving out of steam in the middle of a race, alone in the middle of the forest. Check each location for guidelines on suggested preparation for the race.
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