12 Top Trail-Running Clubs - Page 6
10. Greater Omaha Area Trail Runnerz
With the website URL 'irunwithgoats.com,' how can you go wrong?The Greater Omaha Area Trail Runnerz started in 2012 with Omaha's first ultramarathon, the GOATz 50K. Right now, they’re working to bring more trail races to the Greater Omaha Area, promote the use and upkeep of local trail systems, expose the natural beauty of the Greater Omaha Area and support like-minded, local organizations.
Henry Bickerstaff lives in Alva, Oklahoma, which is seven hours away from Omaha—but met a friendly GOAT runner at the Lean Horse 50 miler, and began running with the GOATz whenever he was visiting his daughter, who lives in Omaha. “I now have more trail-running Facebook friends in Nebraska than I do in Oklahoma,” he says.
Events include the Ramblin’ Runners Redundant Run, also known as the Dizzy Goat 3, 6 and 12 hour runs, co-hosted with Angry Cow Adventures—and the GOATz Trail Runs, which offer many race distances between 5 miles and 50K. Members volunteer at local events (such as the “GOATz Motivation Station” at the Omaha Marathon), support local trail races, and hold free, casual runs like their “Taco Tuesday” runs and weekend group outings.
Member Rave: “Even though we're Flatlanders...we still love the mountains and hills and travel to Leadville, Bear Chase and other events. Kaci Lickteig (numerous ultramarathons winner this year) is active with this group and supportive of everyone in the group!” –Adama Anderson
11. Runners with Attitude
The members of this Canadian club think of each other as a supportive, extended family. Club leaders Lynne, Rob and Mike have established a spring trail-running clinic to help runners prepare for gnarly local trail races like the Northern Alberta 5Peaks Trail Running Series, the Blackfoot Ultra, the Sinister 7, the Death Race and the Grizzly Ultra. The clinic takes members on hilly mountain runs around Edmonton’s River Valley and includes informational speakers, yoga classes and access to the club’s famous potluck dinners after weekend runs.
The group hosts evening tempo runs during the week and long runs on the weekends—even in extreme Alberta winter weather. At Thanksgiving, they host a turkey trot where every member donates Thanksgiving meal items to less fortunate families in the community.
Member Rave: “The trail runs are good for the body, but fellowship and food afterwards makes trail running with RWA rock!” –Rita Astalosch