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Written by Jesse & Amy Powell
Jesse and Amy Powell are part of our Gazelle Sports Northville community, as well as part of our Whoville 5k Committee in Northville. We are so thankful for their continued loyalty and support of Whoville and Gazelle Sports Northville!
If you're ever in the Northville area, join them on their next trail run: Michigan Trail Runners

Five Reasons to Run with a Trail Group

Trail running is a great way to get out and explore nature. You can’t beat the scenery on a trail, or the fresh, crisp air coursing through your lungs. There are many challenges that accompany running on a trail, like navigating twists, turns, and uneven terrain. If you are new to trail running, finding a trail group is a great way to get started!

Here are five reasons we enjoy running with a trail group:

1. Welcoming Environment –

Trail runners are some of the nicest people you will meet and are always willing to share their experiences and knowledge freely. A trail running group is a great way to get acclimated to the ins and outs of the trail. From navigating trails to finding the best gear, a trail running group is a great place to find answers to your questions.

2. Tight-knit Community -

Nothing beats running alongside spirited runners, who enjoy the adventure of the trail. The camaraderie that accompanies a group trail run facilitates long-lasting friendships, as well as a multitude of stories to share over a post-run beer.

3. Motivation & Consistency –

Trail running groups provide many opportunities to keep members motivated. A group setting promotes accountability and plenty of ways to encourage one another. Facebook groups are a popular way to stay connected throughout the week, sharing your runs (good or bad!). From joining scheduled group runs to sharing encouragement throughout the weeks, months, or training cycles, trail groups are a great source of support. 

4. Trail Safety -

Trail running is fun, and sometimes treacherous. Whether you are navigating trail markers, roots, critters, water, snow, mud, or anything nature places in your path, it’s best to face the elements with a running partner or trail group. There’s safety in numbers.

5. Exploring New
Trails –

Connecting with trail groups throughout your travels is a great way to find new trails, meet locals, and get off the beaten path. The first thing we do when arriving at our destination is check out the local running store to learn the best way to explore the area.

Here are a few ways you can find and plug in to a trail group:

  1. Contact local running stores.
  2. Search Facebook groups.
  3. Register for and ask around at Trail Races.

You will find that the trail running community is approachable, engaging, and always up for an adventure! Can’t wait to see you on the trails!

Reminder: If you're ever in the Northville area, join them on their next trail run: Michigan Trail Runners