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 October 10, 2013
 FRESH DIRT

Building a Trail Town from Scratch
How to initiate grassroots development of a trail network in your hometown
By Eric Eagan

You hop on Facebook and see posts from your running pals in other towns out hitting the trails—photos of stunning singletrack and endless miles of forest with poster-worthy sunrises and sunsets. Later, you sigh, lace up your road shoes and hit the asphalt to fight traffic, hecklers and stoplights—all the while thinking,"How do I get trails like those in my town?"

My town of Rochester, New York, was not always a hot bed for trails. There was a time—as recent as the 1980s—when the runners of Rochester, like so many runners of other cities that lack quality trails, had no choice but to hit the roads. But, over the past 40 years, the county parks department and private trail organizations have worked together to change that. Read on ...


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Pacific/Desert   
11/09 Catalina Eco Marathon 10K, 26.2M; Avalon, CA
11/09 Chino Hills Trail Series 30K, 50K; Brea, CA
11/09 Into The Wild HPN Trail Running Championships 12K, 20K; Orange, CA
11/09 Lake Chabot Trail Challenge 5M, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K; Castro Valley, CA
11/09 Lake Shasta Trail Runs 10, 15K, 28M; Shasta Lake City, CA
11/10 Bellingham Trail Marathon 6M, 26.2M; Bellingham, WA
11/10 Carkeek Park 5K & 10K 5K, 10K; Seattle, WA
11/15 Bad Prom - San Francisco 5K; San Francisco, CA
11/15 Ragnar Trail Vail Lake 120M, R; Vail Lake, CA
11/16 Grand Ridge Trail Run #3 5M, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K; Issaquah, WA
11/16 Hell of the Northwest 4M, 10K, 25K; Blodgett, OR
11/16 Mt. Tam 12K, 30K, 13.1M, 50K; Stinson Beach, CA
11/16 Pass Mountain Trail Runs 12K, 26K, 50K; Mesa, AZ
11/16 Spooner's Cove 5M, 7M, 25K, 50K; Los Osos, CA
11/23 Quad Dipsea 28.4M; Mill Valley, CA
11/23 Quarry Turkey 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Fremont, CA
11/23 Trails of Glory 8K, 12K, 13.1M, 30K; Las Vegas, NV
11/27 Lake HodgesTrail Fest 1M, 5K, 15K, 50K; San Diego, CA
11/28 Nitro Turkey Thanksgiving Run 5K, 10K; Pinole, CA
11/28 Thank You Run 5K, 10K; San Diego, CA
12/01 Make Room For Santa 5K, 10K And Kids Run 5K, 10K; Irvine, CA
12/01 OTHTC High Desert Ultra 30K, 50K; Ridgecrest, CA
12/01 Xterra Kualoa Trail Run 5K, 10K; Kualoa Ranch, HI
12/01 XTERRA Trail Running World Championship 5K, 10K, 21K; Ka’a’awa, HI
12/07 Death Valley Trail Marathon 26.2M, 13.1M; Death Valley, CA
12/07 Malibu Canyon 10K, 25K, 50K; Calabasas, CA
12/07 McDowell Mountain Frenzy Trail Runs 5M, 10M, 25K, 50K, 50M; Fountain Hills, AZ
12/07 Summit Rock Half Marathon/10K/5K 5K, 10K, 13.1M; San Jose, CA
12/07 The North Face® Endurance Challenge - Championship 5K, 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K, 50M; San Francisco, CA
12/08 Grinch Half Marathon Trail Race 5K, 13.1M; Gig Harbor, WA

Rockies   
11/09 Frary Peak Hill Climb 5.9M; Syracuse, UT

Heartland   
11/09 Bergkonig 1K, 5K, 10K; Delafield, WI
11/09 Nu-Race Trail Run aka Fuzzy Fandango 5K, 25K, 50K; Perrysville, OH
11/10 After the PKs 10K; Van Buren, OH
11/10 Veteran's Day Fantastic Four Mile Trail Run 4M; Kansas City, KS
11/16 Dirty Duel 5K, 6K; Grand Rapids, MI
11/16 Frosty Rock Challenge 5K, 12K; Fort Atkinson, WI
11/23 Clear Water Outdoor's Turkey Trot 1M, 5K, 10K; Lake Geneva, WI
11/23 Dirty Dirty 12K; Peninsula, OH
11/23 Living History Farms Off-Road Race 7M; Urbandale, IA
11/24 Dude, Where's The Trail? 50K; Independence, MO
11/24 Gobbler Grind Marathon  Overland Park, KS
11/28 Feast and Feathers Trail Race 13.1M; Omaha, NE
11/30 Turkey Recovery 5K 5M; Laporte, In
11/30 Twisted Turkey Trail Marathon 5K, 13.1M, 26.2M; Portage, IN
12/07 Bigfoot 50K 50K; Cambridge, OH
12/08 Santa Hustle 5K 5K; Milwaukee, WI

Northeast   
11/09 Fighting Creek Trail Run 5K; Powhatan, VA
11/10 Fall Backyard Burn Trail Running Series #4 5M, 10M; Triangle, VA
11/17 Fall Backyard Burn Trail Running Series #5 5M, 10M; Clifton, VA
11/24 Dirty Bird 15K Trail Run 15K; Birdsboro, PA
11/30 TARC Winter Fells Ultra 32M, 40M; Stoneham, MA

South   
11/09 Dirt Trails and Pony Tails 5K; Austin, TX
11/09 Fyrne Lake 10K; Dyersburg, TN
11/09 Hard Labor Creek 5K, 15K; Rutledge, GA
11/09 Pine Needles & Paychex Series - Martin Creek 5K; Martin Creek, TX
11/09 Siltstone Trail Half Marathon 13.1M; Louisville, KY
11/09 Sky to Summit 8.5M, 50K; Sky Valley, GA
11/09 Upchuck 50K; Chattanooga, TN
11/10 Enchanted Rock Trail Runs 10K, 25K; Fredricksburg, TX
11/10 XTERRA Alabama Oak Mountain 5K, 10K, 21K; Pelham, AL
11/16 Dizzy Fifties Trail Run 50K; Huntsville, AL
11/16 Miles for Maria Epic Run for Epilepsy 6H, 12H; Kennesaw, GA
11/16 Run for Dreams 5K; Georgetown, TX
11/16 Wilde Hare 10K, 25K, 50K, 50M; Warda, TX
11/22 Bad Prom - Austin 5K; Austin, TX
11/23 Conyers Turkey Trot 5K; Conyers, GA
11/23 Duncan Ridge Trail 50K/30K 30K, 50K; Blairsville, GA
11/23 Mad Marsh 13.5M, 27M, 31.5M; Beaufort, SC
11/23 Tranquility Lake Trail Run 50K; Burmingham, AL
11/30 Helen Holiday Trail Half Marathon 13.1M; Helen, GA
11/30 XTERRA Alabama Coldwater Mountain 2.4M, 9.6M; Anniston, AL
12/01 Fall Backyard Burn Trail Running Series Race 6 5M, 10M; Clifton, VA
12/01 Pine Mountain 40 40M; Pine Mountain, GA
12/07 Cajun Coyote Trail Run & Relay 20M, 100K, 100M; Ville Platte, LA
12/07 Texas Trails Endurance Runs 20K, 50K, 50M; Huntsville , TX
12/07 XTERRA Georgia Victoria Bryant State Park 5K, 10K; Royston, GA
12/07 XTERRA Rocky Top Trail Run 10K, 13.1M; Kingsport, TN

International   
11/16 Phantom Trail Race 12K, 19K, 24K; North Vancouver, BC
11/16 Sweet Go Deep 10K, 20K; North Vancouver, BC
11/16 Ultra Marathon La Ruta de Los Conquistadores 52K, 100K; Jaco-San Jose, Costa Rica
11/23 Seymour Super Fun Run 27K; North Vancouver, BC
12/01 Trail de Las Cascadas 5K, 10K; Xico, Veracruz, Mexico
12/07 MSIG HK50 - Lantau 14K, 27K; Hong Kong

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