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12 Top Trail-Running Clubs - Page 7

12. TrailsROC

Rochester, NY

Photo submitted by Laura Howard

Somehow, Rochester and the Finger Lakes region made it all the way to 2012 without an official trail-running club. So, four area friends with a passion for trail running launched TrailsROC to foster community among runners in the area, as well as help build new trail systems and establish affordable, fun local races. The group accepts any interested member (for free!), and there are no qualifying standards or other restrictions.

By harnessing the power of social media to keep runners connected to one another, TrailsROC has built its enthusiastic membership base rapidly in its short existence. Members often spend their weekends doing trail building and maintenance, and the profits from race events put on by the TrailsROC crew benefit local trail systems.

The group also sponsors Tuesday night Trail Trots, Thursday headlamp runs and a handful of low-key races on local trails, including a “Troubled Turkey” race on Thanksgiving and a winter trail festival (WTF) in December. Recently, TrailsROC coordinated a 5-mile night trail run called "Ready, Set, Glow."

Member Rave: “In my experience, trail running can be a harder sell to a newbie than road running, but TrailsROC is bringing them out. Last Thursday, for example, a guy showed up doing an 18 min. per mile pace. The gang made sure he finished the run—in the driving rain, in the dark. I could go on and on, but the takeaway is this: TrailsROC is a running club that is good for my community—not just my running community, but my larger regional community that is surrounded by some of the most beautiful trails in the country.” –Andrea Hickerson



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