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      Learning The Trails

Learning the Trails: A Low-cost Eight Week Course to Make You a Better Trail Runner




 (Photo credit: Ron Heerkens Photography)


Tripping over roots and rocks? Struggling on hills? Lost your shoe in the mud? This might be the class for you.


Learning The Trails will cover:

  • Why run trails? 
  • Choosing a trail and trail safety
  • Necessary gear
  • Rocks, Roots, Logs, Mud, and other obstacles
  • Hills. Climbing and descending
  • Trail running with groups and races
  • Trail etiquette

This course is designed to improve your trail running and help keep you safe. The classes will have just a few minutes of lecture and discussion followed by short group runs. The runs will pause at different obstacles and challenges to discuss the proper way to successfully navigate them.  Participants should be able to run a 5k without stopping. A goal for this program will be to have all runners comfortable running at least five miles on trail in time for the Medved Madness Trail Race and Relay.

Classes will be instructed by Dave Farrands. He has run many trail races both locally and out of the area in many distances including ultramarathons. He is well known among local trail running groups and is always willing to help other runners on the trail. He is looking forward to helping others discover the fun and challenge of trail running.

Classes will be held on Mondays at Durand Eastman Park. Be ready to run at 6:15 pm, regardless of weather. Please leave your earphones at home.

March 13th: Informational meeting and gear review at Medved Running and Walking Outfitters – This is the only week we will not be running. All other weeks we will be running at Durand Eastman Park.

Still have questions? Send Dave an email at

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