Trail Running

Let's hit the trails!

As the weather gets nicer and the scenery gets greener, hitting the trails is a great way to get in your weekly running miles. Here are some resources to get you started if you are new to trail running.

Trail Sisters Live Q & A

March 24 - 7:00 pm - Instagram Live
Join us for an Instagram Live with Trail Sisters Grand Rapids! Trail Sisters Sammie and Melissa will walk through the basics of trail running and answer any questions you have about trail running!

Five Reasons to Run with a Trail Group
Trail running is a great way to get out and explore nature. If you're new to trail running, finding a group is a great way to get started!

Trail Etiquette and Tips
Trails events are a little different than your average road race! Get some tips on how to prepare, what to do during, and how to take care of yourself afterward.

Join us on the trails!
The Dirty Herd is our weekly trail running group that meets near trails by our store locations. We have been on hiatus throughout COVID but are just starting up again in most of our locations. Click here to see when The Dirty Herd and related trail running groups are meeting!

Trail running gear

Do you need special equipment to run trails? Not really! Your normal running shoes and apparel are equipped to get out and kick up some dirt. However, there are some great benefits to trail running shoes and certain accessories that make getting out there easier! Here are a couple to consider if trail running becomes a habit:

Trail shoes: Trail shoes have bigger lugs on the bottom for extra traction while going over rocks, roots, or through mud. They also tend to be a bit stiffer overall for more support on uneven terrain. Finally, the uppers are more rugged and occasionally have added perks like waterproof linings to help protect your feet.

Running vests: With no drinking fountains and often no "shortcuts" back to the car or your house, it can be very handy to have a system to carry all your gear. Vests provide a comfortable way to carry hydration, nutrition and other accessories without all the weight sitting on your waist.