Ready to conquer the trails, but not sure where to start? Already comfortable off-road, but ready to take your trail running to the next level? No matter where you're at in your journey, we can help! Introducing Fleet Feet Running Club's Blue Diamonds Trail Running Series in partnership with Wy'east Wolfpack! This 5-week series is geared towards trail runners of all abilities. Each week we will have a different focus and will explore a new part of the parks and learn new trails. We will be talking about trail running in general and explaining some of the differences between road running and trail running. We'll also focus on more advanced aspects of running hills and trails: ascending, descending, navigating technical trails, “power hiking” (as well as learning some tricks of the trade from your experienced instructors!). We're offering two time options (6:30-7:30am and pm) - come to whichever time works best for you!
TIME: Tuesday morning 6:30am - 7:30am OR Tuesday evening: 6:30-7:30 pm YOU CHOOSE!
First Meeting Location: Fleet Feet Sports PDX - 2258 NW Raleigh St, Portland, OR NOTE: After week one, we'll meet at different locations throughout Forest Park
Session 1: REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED (April 10-May 8)
Session 2: CANCELLED (June 12-July 10)
Session 3: REGISTRATION OPENING SOON! (July 17-Aug 14)
Week One - Intro & “Power-Hiking” - Get to know each other with an “ice breaker activity” - we will meet at Fleet Feet Sports PDX in NW Portland and give a brief overview of the class, then head out to the first location. We will give tips and talk about techniques in power-hiking (also so we can utilize and practice it for the remaining weeks when necessary).
Week Two - Access Points - Map Reading - Trail Markers - Uphill Running - Give tips and techniques on the mechanics of uphill running while practicing on hills in the area near the start of the Wildwood Trail in Washington Park.
Week Three - We will explore a new section of the forest picking up where we left off from week two focusing on how Washington Park & Forest Park connect via crossing Burnside, and discuss flora/fauna of Forest Park, the Forest Park Conservancy (how to volunteer w/ them, etc.). Downhill running - Starting at the Pittock Mansion we will practice on some nice long downhills down to Burnside, and then down towards Upper Macleay offering tips and advice on form/technique, etc.
Week Four - Technical trails - Meet at Lower Macleay Park we will work on some footwork drills and then practice that fancy footwork on some of the technical trails along Balch Creek, as we offer tips/advice on technique as well.
Week Five - Tying it all together/final hill workout - We will come up with a fun route starting and finishing at the Leif Erickson Gate at the very end of NW Thurman practicing everything we learned over the five-week course.
Wy’east Wolfpack connects people of all ages and shapes to the joys of fitness in nature. Whether you are just starting out or running 100+ miles, we provide breathtaking outlets for physical, mental, and spiritual growth.
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