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Get out and get dirty! Explore someplace new. Get lost in the woods only to find yourself! Trail Crew is geared for the new and experience trail runner alike! Fleet Feet Training helps you get your feet wet... and muddy, as you get comfortable on the trails with other like minded folks. Looking for support for your next 50K?! We've got that too! Join us as we train for the next trail race on the Rocks and Roots Trail at Alum Creek!

The next season begins December 2nd!

The group hosts two organized workouts per week, on Saturday mornings at 7am, and Thursday evenings at 7pm! We offer training programs from 10K to 30K, and will support those of your crazy folks training for a 50K as well with a training plan, but you may run a few solo miles ;) This season we are training for the February 11th Rocks and Roots Trail Series, which offers race distances of 10K, 20K, 30K, 40K, 50K, and 50 Miles!

Join us for our no-obligation information session at Fleet Feet Sports! Thursday, November 30th at 7:00 pm (RSVP HERE) 

The first workout starts at 7am, Saturday, December 2nd at the Squatch Start at the Rocks and Roots Trail at Alum Creek!

Running single-track trail can be one of the most amazing experiences, but it can also be a bit intimidating if you aren't familiar with the terrain. That's where we come in! Join us and we will help you explore until you are ready to head out on your own. You'll meet new friends and discover a love of trail running along the way!

Local coaches will provide advice, support, weekly group training runs and walks, and short clinics on topics such as trail safety, proper nutrition, choosing the right gear, and avoiding injury. 

Registration includes training, shirt, custom Trail Crew run beannie, and entry into the February Rocks and Roots Trail Race.


Benefits of trail running

Trail running provides many benefits. Trail running is a total body workout for both the body and mind. Some of the benefits are strength in your core and back, and upper and lower body flexibility. The mind also is able to strengthen and simply relax because the trails provide a serene environment without the noise and congestion of cars and stoplights. One of the most advantageous benefits of incorporating trail running in to any program is that of lowering the risk of injury. The soft dirt of the trail provides a cushion for the body and joints versus the pounding of the pavement and concrete from road running. Trail running also allows an athlete to add variety in to their program and take a break mentally and physically from monotonous road miles.

Program Offerings:

  • Training plans for the 10K, 30K, 50K distances. 
  • Fully supported and coached Saturday morning group runs 
  • Fully supported and coached Thursday evening group runs 
  • Weekly coaching newsletters
  • Each participant receives a Trail Crew shirt.
  • Each participant receives a Trail Crew Beannie.
  • Exclusive club discounts at Fleet Feet Sports Columbus.
  • Exclusive in-store discount to all Columbus-area Fleet Feet + FrontRunner stores
Program cost: (includes registration for the February 11th Rocks and Roots Trail Races)
  • The 10-week Trail Runner 101 program costs $60 for the season.
  • Fleet Feet Training group alumni receive a $10 discounted cost.

Your Trailheads (coaches):
  • Ryan Moran - Ryan has been running trails since 2005, when he decided that the air on the trail is easier to inhale than the exhaust from the 1992 Dodge Neon he was consuming while road running!  He has completed numerous trail races over varied distances from 10K to the 50K. Ryan spends his days as the Operations Manager for Salem Media Group.  You will often find Ryan running the Rocks and Roots trail at Alum Creek with his running buddy... a 10 year old foxhound he calls "Bay."  (Because he refuses to call her by her real name... "Baby")  He has an amazing wife and two super-kids that you will occasionally see him unsuccessfully wrangling!
  • Brendan O'Ryan - Brendan was a long time mountain biker that started running a couple years ago mainly as a way to lose weight, but Brendan doesn't do anything halfway.  He fell in love with trail running.  In the past year he has completed a trail marathon, 3 50k races, and many shorter distance races.  In February he finished his first 50 miler.  When he isn't looking for mud puddles to splash in he stays busy with his incredibly patient wife and 2 young sons.  You'll know when Brendan shows up to the trail head by the heavy metal music blasting from his car stereo.
  • Julie Collins - Julie is a long-time road runner who discovered a love for the trails. She needed a break from the pavement after numerous full marathons. Julie strives to get stronger and faster, and was surprised that the slower pace of the trail actually accomplished this for her. Julie is a phenomenal runner, and a tremendous resource for any new trail runner!

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