12 Top Trail-Running Clubs
Trail Runner’s dirty dozen running clubs from Boulder to Bangkok
Boulder Trail-Running Breakfast Club. Photo submitted by Nancy Cooper.
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.
1. Happy Utah Mountain Runners
Salt Lake City, Utah
Photo submitted by Dan Frey
“Somewhere along the Wasatch Front in Northern Utah,” says Happy Utah Mountain Runner (HUMR) Lindsay Lauck, “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.” This small but mighty crew of roughly 50 rugged outdoor athletes is made up of beginners, weekend warriors and accomplished ultrarunners. According the club bylaws, all HUMRs should have a passion for trail running, a strong sense of humor and quality health coverage.
The group hosts lots of fun events throughout the year: six-hour “fun runs,” beer mile races, donut runs, themed holiday runs and group outings to the Grand Canyon, Zion Traverse, the Grand Tetons and more. HUMRs also commission members to run aid stations at local events and to manage their local Ogden Trails Network. At the end of the year, they have a heck of a party, complete with gear and prize giveaways.
Member Rave: “I am proud to be a HUMR and have enjoyed seeing the growth not just with the group but with each person and how well they respond to challenges and lending a hand in the community. So, raise a glass to the HUMR's—‘cause if you leave it on the table, we'll drink it!” –Aric W Manning