TRAIL RUNS

TRAIL RUNS

Spring | Summer Trail Run Series
This is a fun, challenging, alternating schedule of trail routes in the Collingwood, Blue Mountains & Wasaga Beach areas. The routes chosen vary by distance, intensity, and technical difficulty to accommodate different runner's abilities as much as possible while allowing all to interact socially during the runs.

Locations will be posted in the run detail columns below. Review our rules of the trail below the calendar for more tips on safe trail running.

About Summer Trail Running
Trail running can be different in several ways from traditional road running. Most notable are the technical obstacles one must maneuver around: rocks, tree roots, wooden or stone steps, & logs are all common in our area. The terrain itself is highly variable, it can be packed dirt, sand, and/or grass that winds through forest or field areas. The inclination varies as well from long hill climbs or downhills to consistently changing short up and downs along paths. Single tracks are about 2-4 feet wide and tend to be more technically challenging (3-stage area) where as double track is 4-8 feet wide and is more open with gradual slopes and less obstacles (Wasaga Nordic trails).

Summer trails runs are generally shaded, so timing is less important compared to road runs, but the big factor is still usually hydration. A small water bottle if running over 60 minutes is a good idea, as is a cell phone, and basic first aid supplies (athletic tape for rolled ankles). Running with a partner is smart, or at least letting others know when and where you are going and setting a check-in time.

About Winter Trail Running
The same trails and obstacles still exist with winter trail running, however snow cover on the trails present a greater technical difficulty. A good trail shoe with traction spikes is recommended over minimalist trail shoes which may suffice in the summer. The terrain can vary day-to-day with the amount of snowfall. With lesser accumulation or a good period of time since last snowfall for the trails to get packed  down the single track trails are the best option. However if there is a lot of fresh snow on the ground it is a good idea to stay to the double-track or snowmobile trails to allow for accurate footing. A good trail runner also carries back-up snowshoes to use in case of an abundance of deep fresh powder.

The largest risk in winter is exposure. Experienced runners know to wear several layers to keep the heat in versus bulky winter jackets and pants. Typically a thermal shirt, long sleeve athletic shirt and a sweatshirt up top, and thermal pants and athletic pants down low are good down to -10 degrees. You can add layers accordingly with lower temperatures. The most likely body part to get cold on a winter run are the feet, followed by the hands and face. Waterproof running shoes help keep the feet dry, while a cotton and wool sock combination will keep the feet warm. A good pair of wind resistant gloves are recommended as well as a winter hat to keep the heat in. You can always take layers off, but you can't add them if you do not have them. Face masks would only be recommended on particularly cold and windy days as they interfere with respiration. It is easy to get overheated after 20 minutes of running, so more is not always better, but individuals vary so see what works best for you.

You may be surprised with how much you perspire with all the layers, so hydration is still important before and after your run. You also do not want those wet layers to get cold, so stopping your pace for any duration or kicking around after your run is not recommended as a chill can set in quite quickly. As in the summer a small water bottle if running over 60 minutes is a good idea, as is a cell phone, and basic first aid supplies (athletic tape for rolled ankles). Running with a partner is smart, or at least letting others know when and where you are going and setting a check-in time.

SATURDAY MORNING TRAIL RUNS

The Saturday trail run is lead by Coach Nick Brindisi on the routes contained in the North Face ECS events. Distance can be as low as 5 km for inexperienced trail runners and as much as 20+ km for more seasoned runners. Please don't be intimidated by the idea of a trail run because we always adjust distance and pace to suit those who come out. Encouragement and assistance are what these runs are all about. Come and be inspired and run on the leg friendly soft ground of our trails! This run is organized by RSVP. Please do let coach Nick know if you would like to join using the email provided below.

Start Time: 9:30 am run start time so please get there in time for your warmups.

Location: The North Face store in the Blue Mountain Village

RSVP PLEASE: Nick Brindisi
nick@inzaneplanet.com

Trail Guidelines:

  1. Arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the run to get instructions from the coach on the route and meet-up points for different levels.
  2. All runners are encouraged to wear their club running shirt and register as members.
  3. The trails are often shaded, so do not get as hot as road runs, but on very humid days can still be quite hot and your fluids can deplete quickly. Dress accordingly, layers are recommended, and hydrate:
    1. Hydrate before the run from when you wake up to the beginning of the run, slowly sipping water in the morning. Do not over fill yourself and risk cramping.
    2. Hydrate during the run on very warm days. If you hydrate properly prior to the run then any run under 1-hour should not require you to bring water on the run except on really hot days.
    3. Hydrate after by having at least one bottle of water after to replenish your fluids.
  4. All minors under 14 years of age MUST be accompanied by their guardian, and both must be members (child memberships are discounted).
  5. Dogs are allowed on trail runs if they get along well with other dogs (and humans), but for the safety of the other runners on sometimes challenging trails we ask the ALL DOGS BE LEASHED at all times during the run, no exceptions. They may mingle before or after, as may humans 😉
  6. Group trail runs happen rain or shine since the shaded trails tend not to get too much direct rainfall, however thunder & lightening will result in an immediate cancellation. We will notify all members of a cancellation via our Facebook page and it will also be noted on the website run calendar as soon as possible.
  7. Single track trails can make it difficult to pass another runner, hiker, or bike. Verbally notify the person in front of you if you intend to pass and indicate which side you plan to pass them on.
  8. Let’s make it a policy of yielding to bikers just by stepping just off to the side of the trail. Let hikers eat your dust!
  9. The trails can be very technical, go at your own speed at all times and keep a close eye always on the ground in front you for obstacles. Descend inclines and stairs with extra care.
  10. Leave no runner behind: At each major branching of the trail we ask that you have a good visual of the runner behind you and have them acknowledge that they see you and the direction which the route takes. If there is a significant delay, double back on the trail to ensure that the runner behind you is not injured.
  11. If possible, carry your cell phone with you for emergency situations, arm bands or belts are a good way to transport your phone on a run. We also highly recommend the Strava Run GPS tracking app to compete with other members online.
  12. If you are injured call the coach, run leader or a friend on the run to aid in your care. If you do not have a phone, stay where you are on the trail and call loudly for help. We will take a head count before and after each run doubling back on the route if need be.
  13. If there is an emergency, 911 will be called. The closest hospital is Georgian Bay General and Marine Hospital. One person will stay with the injured person if someone has to go get help. One person will go to direct the ambulance.
  14. For other non-serious occurrences where the run is still finished please notify the coach or a run leader of any incidents occurring during a group run and file an incident report.
  15. Group runs are positive & supportive environment for all levels of runners regardless of age, sex, or ethnicity. Anyone displaying acts of verbal or physical discrimination, intimidation, or prejudice will be asked to leave by a coach or run leader and may have their membership suspended or revoked without a refund.