Your First Trail Race: Start Local

A quick guide to running in the woods

Jun 3, 2013
Outside Magazine
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Chances are, there’s a trail race happening near your home. “Consult your local city or county parks and recreation department, the US Forest Service, a specialty running store, or the internet for trails in your area,” Hobbs says. “Look for trail race calendars and select a trail race in your area.” Visit the race website, and print out the course map. In the weeks leading up to the race, walk or run the course to become familiar with the terrain (let someone know where you’re going, just in case you get lost). “You may like the course so much that you enter the race,” Hobbs says.