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The Magic of the Trails
A homeschooled 13-year-old’s perspective on running in the woods

By Halyn Gwaltney

I still remember the morning that my mom woke me up for my first cross-country practice. A nervous knot formed in my stomach as we drove from our home on Old Stage Road in Southern Oregon to the nearby town of Gold Hill. The frosty morning slid by outside my window, but I hardly took notice.

When we pulled up next to Handy Middle School, the small school located in Gold Hill, Oregon, I sat there frozen in my seat until my mom coaxed me out.

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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
01/18 Capitol Peak Mega Fat Ass 17M, 34M; Olympia, WA
01/18 HURT 100 100M; Honolulu, HI
01/18 New Year's Hustle 5K, 10K; Irvine, CA
01/18 Pacifica Foothills 10K, 13.1M, 30K, 50K; Pacifica, CA
01/18 San Diego 50 and Trail Marathon 26.2M, 50M; San Diego, CA
01/18 Steep Ravine Trail Run 7M, 13.1M, 25K, 26.2M, 50K; Stinson Beach, CA

01/14 Twin Mountain Trudge 11M, 22M; Laramie, WY
01/18 Wilson's Creek Frozen 50K 10.5M, 20.5M, 50K; Melba, ID

12/21 Rock Cut Survivor Series 5K 5K; Rockford, IL
12/27 Tuscobia Ultra 35M, 75M, 150M; Park Falls, WI
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
01/18 Frozen Otter Ultra Trek 32M, 64M; Dundee, WI
01/19 Dirty Herd Winter Classic 5M; Grand Rapids, MI

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
01/18 Beast of Burden Winter 100 100M, 50H; Lockport, NY
01/18 Charlottesville Running Company Trail Race 5K; Charlottesville, VA

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
01/18 24 Hours of HOSTELity 12H, 24H; Dahlonega, GA
01/18 Black Toe Run 12R, 12H; Watertown, TN
01/18 Bruises and Bandages 5K; Georgetown, TX
01/18 Charlotte Running Company Trail Race 4M, 9M, 13M; Charlotte, NC
01/18 Dirty Dozen Doozy Endurance Race 6H, 12H, 24H; Knoxville, TN
01/18 Dirty Spokes Charleston Park Trail Run 6M; Cummings, GA
01/18 Duel 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M; Wichita Falls, TX
01/18 Expedition Paris Mountain 5.5M, 10.5M, 15.5M; Greenville, SC
01/18 Little River Trail Runs 7K, 10M; Durham, NC
01/18 Long Haul 100 100K, 100M; Tampa Bay, FL
01/18 Mountain in the Middle 12K & 17K 12K, 17K; Columbia, SC
01/18 Nicholas Wilson Memorial Tashka Trail Race 25K, 50K; Coker, AL
01/18 Tashka Trail Race 4M, 25K, 50K; Coker, AL
01/18 Taska Trail Race 25K, 50K; Tuscaloosa, AL
01/18 Tsali Frosty Foot Fest 8K, 30K, 50K; Bryson City, NC
01/18 Weymouth Woods 100K; Southern Pines, NC
01/19 Big Bend Ultra 10K, 25K, 50K; Big Bend National Park, TX
01/19 Swampstomper 25K, 50K; Memphis, TN

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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