8 Races for Trail-Running Beginners in 2014
Hell Creek on Heels Trail Run 5K and 15KSylvan Grove, Kansas - June 8, 2014 1 of 9
Running the Switchgrass Trail in the Hell Creek Area isn't hellish. Rather, with impressive views along the trail and throughout Wilson State Park, you'll wonder how this area got its name in the first place. Don't just come to race. Reserve your spot for a weekend of camping too.
Crazy Eights Trail Run #1Ione, California - June 29, 2014 2 of 9
This 8K race is perfect for first-time trail runners: single track, packed dirt roads provide an even path for people new to trail running and the post-race barbecue is enough to get you through to the finish line. There's a parking fee of $2.50 per car, so keep this in mind as you prepare for the day or have spectators coming to cheer you on.
Sheriffs' Hot Pursuit Trail Run 5KGainesville, Georgia - July 19, 2014 3 of 9
As a trail race that supports a cause—it benefits the Georgia Sherffs' Youth Homes—this is a can't-miss event. The course is mostly trail, however there are some pavement portions as well. With Lake Lanier within view, you won't even notice.
Hot Top Trail Race 10KKings Mountain, North Carolina - July 12, 2014 4 of 9
Head to Crowders Mountain, the second-highest point in Gaston County, to run a trail race you won't soon forget. Climb mountain trails as you make your way to the top. Take in a quick view of the land below and then head down a long set of stairs that will lead you to sweet victory.
Beast of Big Creek Trail RacesHoodsport, Washington - August 9, 2014 5 of 9
Located in Olympic National Forest, this trail-running course will lull you into a scenery-induced coma, even after you cross the finish line. The out and back 10K follows along a mountain creek and climbs about 2,000 feet before you head back down.
Dirt Inspires Trail Runs 2014Monterey, California - August 20, 2014 6 of 9
Get inspired to run this summer when you sign up for this trail run at Fort Ord National Monument. The course follows along Skyline Road and backcountry trails, all of which offer stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Salinas Valley. Prep for hills, which will be found sporadically along the course.
Discover Lake Sylvia Fall Festival Trail RacesMontesano, Washington - September 20, 2014 7 of 9
Choose from three trail races, the half marathon, 10K or 2-mile family fun run, and start prepping for your photo-worthy finish in Lake Sylvia State Park. Regardless of which distance you choose, you'll enjoy well-maintained forest trails and the familiar post-race glow.
Trample the Trails - Elver ParkMadison, Wisconsin - September 21, 2014 8 of 9
Run the 10K or 5K course in Madison's largest community park. Slight elevation and challenging terrain provides the perfect trail running challenge, with plenty of post-race treats and fun waiting for you at the finish line.