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 November 14, 2013
 FRESH DIRT

12 Top Trail-Running Clubs
Trail Runner's dirty dozen running clubs from Boulder to Bangkok

“Somewhere ... lies a sleeper cell of beer-drinking ultrarunners, linked by a love of the mountains, trail running, PBR, as well as a lack of common sense ... " —HUMR Lindsay Lauck

Trail running is sometimes a solitary sport—miles and miles in the woods with only your Garmin for company. That's great for some days, but meeting up with other runners can pump fresh energy into your routine, lead to new friendships and boost your motivation to hit the trails.

Several weeks ago, we asked our readers to nominate their favorite trail-running groups. With more than 400 enthusiastic nominations pouring in from all over the globe, it was a challenge to choose only 12, but here are our “dirty dozen” top picks for clubs we would like to join. Read on ...


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Pacific/Desert   
12/14 Deception Pass 25K, 50K; Oak Harbor, WA
12/14 Hark the Herald Angels Run 12K, 25K; Tiburon, CA
12/14 Summit Rock 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Saratoga, CA
12/14 Woodside Ramble 10K, 13.1M, 35K, 50K; Woodside, CA
12/28 Brazen New Year's Day Trail Runs 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Castro Valley, CA
12/31 New Year's One Day 6H, 12H, 24H; San Francisco, CA
01/01 Brazen New Year's Day Trail Runs 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Castro Valley, CA
01/01 Clikapudi Trail Runs 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Redding, CA
01/05 Absolution Trial Run 4M, 8M; Kenmore, WA
01/05 XTERRA White Tanks 8K, 20K; Waddell, AZ
01/11 Bridle Trails Winter Running Festival 5M, 10M, 50K, 50R; Kirkland, WA
01/11 Centennial Slug It Out 5K, 10K; Carson City, NV
01/11 Crystal Springs Trail Run #1 5M, 11M, 22M, 26.2M, 50K; Woodside, CA
01/11 Resolution Run 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Auburn, CA
01/11 San Tan Scramble 9K, 25K, 50K; Queen Creek, AZ
01/12 XTERRA Boney Mountain Xduro 6K, 21K; Newbury Park, CA

Rockies
01/14 Twin Mountain Trudge 11M, 22M; Laramie, WY

Heartland
12/14 Alternate Chili Run 10M; Kansas City, KS
12/21 Rock Cut Survivor Series 5K 5K; Rockford, IL
12/28 Jingle Bell 5k 5K; Chesterton, IN
12/28 The HUFF 50K Trail Run 10.5M, 50K, 50R; Albion, IN
01/04 Siberian Express 7.5M; Danville, IL
01/04 Yankee Springs Winter Challenge 10K, 25K, 50K; Middleville, MI
01/11 Dirty Snowflake Prediction Run 4M; Peninsula, OH
01/11 Frozen Gnome 50K/10K 10K, 50K; Crystal Lake, IL

Northeast
12/15 Funky Santa 5K; Pottstown, PA
12/21 Seashore Nature Trail 50K; Virginia Beach, VA
01/04 Frozen Sasquatch 25K, 50K; Charleston, WV
01/04 Frozen Toe 10K 10K; Roanoke, VA
01/04 PHUNT 50K 50K; Elkton, MD
01/04 Watchung Winter Ultra 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K; Mountainside, NJ
01/11 Willis River Trail Run 50K; Cumberland Courthouse, VA

South
12/14 Forge Trail Series -Thunderbird 1M, 5K, 10K, 13.1M; St. Francisville, LA
12/14 Last Chance 50K, R; Cordesville, SC
12/14 Pine Needles & Paychex Series - Copper Lake 5K; Copper Lake, TX
12/14 THUNDERBIRD Moonlight Trail Run 4M, 10K, 13.1M; St. Francisville, LA
12/14 Trail Mix Wrangler Run 3H; Burnet, TX
12/14 Warrior Creek Half Marathon 13.1M; Wilkesboro, NC
12/21 Lookout Mountain 10K, 50M; Chattanooga, TN
01/01 Day One Trail Run 5K, 20K; Cedar Hill, TX
01/01 Forge Trail Series - Dirty Soles 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Mandeville, LA
01/01 Xterra New Year's Trail Run 5K, 15K; Cedar Hill, TX
01/04 Athens Big Fork Trail Marathon 17M, 26.2M; Big Fork, AR
01/04 Croom Zoom 25K, 50K, 100K; Brooksville, FL
01/04 Harbison 50K 50K; Columbia, SC
01/04 Salem Lakeshore Frosty 50 50K; Winston-salem, NC
01/04 Swamp Forest Trail Marathon 6.5M, 13.1M, 26.2M; Tallahassee, FL
01/05 Herb Parsons Trail Marathon and Half 13.1M, 26.2M; Collierville, TN
01/05 River, Roots & Ruts Trail Run 5K, 13.1M; Alva, FL
01/05 Rogue Distance Festival 10K, 13.1M, 30K; Cedar Park, TX
01/11 Bandera USA 100K Trail Championship 25K, 50K, 100K; Bandera, TX
01/11 Lakeside Trail Race 8M, 15M; Greensboro, NC
01/11 Ledesma Sports Medicine Rails to Trails 50k 50K; Tybee Island, GA
01/11 Savannah Rails to Trails Ultra 5K, 10K, 25K, 50K; Savannah, GA
01/11 Village Creek Trail Run 10K, 25K; Wynne, AR
01/11 XTERRA Alabama Monte Sano Trail Run 5K, 15K; Huntsville, AL
01/12 Vista View 360 6H; Davie, FL

International
12/14 Stewart Mountain 10 Mile / 5 Mile Cross Country Challenge 5K, 10M; Victoria, BC
12/15 Pure Satisfaction 12.5K, 25K, 50K; North Vancouver, BC
12/21 Nilgiris 100 - UTMB Qualifier 25K, 50K, 100K; Ooty, India
01/01 Vancouver New Year's Day Fat Ass 50 Run and Freeze Your Ass Swim 25K, 50K; Vancouver, BC
01/11 Country to Capital 45M; London, United Kingdom
01/12 Bogong to Hotham 64K; Mt Beauty, Australia
01/12 Two Bays 28K, 56K Dromana, Australia

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