Next Club Run

Date Event Trail Head Start Time Distance
May 28 Canyonback 7:00 11.2

IMPORTANT INFO

Most of our runs begin at 7:00 am sharp.

Please get to the trail head a little early; at least 15 minutes earlier if you are new to the club or have not run the trail before.

Non members please bring waiver.

2017 Membership via UltraSignup only.

Trail Runners Club Video

About Us

The Trail Runners Club, founded on 1988 by Stan Swartz -Director Emeritus- meets every Sunday morning to run one of many courses throughout the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains, sometimes also in the San Gabriel mountains and other areas. We run only on single track trails and fireroads.  If you live in or are visiting the Los Angeles area and enjoy running in natural settings with great people, you will love the Trail Runners Club. Annual membership now via UltraSignup.

Happy trails, Ann Ongena - club director

Ann and Mieko Celebrating

After a Sunday run, Ann and Mieko celebrated their runs the previous week. They indeed have contrasting training techniques. Ann focused on training for the Catalina Marathon for the better part of a year. She is extremely disciplined, and always kept the final goal in perspective as she incrementally increased her mileage. When her day finally came, she breezed through the marathon, running a negative split, and taking 5th in her age group. All without a single injury—just like in the books. Mieko’s is a different story. She is from Japan, and evidently there if no Japanese word for “quit”. She started running with the club 1 ½ years ago, and went from 10 miles a week to participating in 50 mile trail runs and last weekend the Coyote Two Moon 100k, with 19,000 ft. elevation gain. She completed it in 23 hours, starting Saturday morning at 10AM, running all day and night, and did the victory lap at 9:00 the next morning. To acquaint you with this run, the pitches in the course are of the 3,000ft in 3 miles variety, there are stream crossings, the temperature ranges from the low 30’s to the 70’s, and a lot of your running is at night—alone. None of this seemed to discourage the squealing with joy Mieko. At mile 40, she went into multi-tasking mode. That is simultaneously running, vomiting, and dealing with diarrhea and dizziness. Not being able to keep anything down—not even water—didn’t help. Picture yourself under these conditions in the dark with 22 miles to go, then you come to a 4,000ft. hill. Well, our Mieko never considered quitting, and finished passing other runners at the end, and winning the Zombie Runner Award. Most would say “I’m glad that’s over”. Her words-- “I really loved it. Yes, I will do again. Maybe 100miler next time…” Incredible.

Are we runners or computer geeks?

The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA.ORG) recently held their annual competition for best running club web site.  The Trail Runners Club web site was chosen as one of the top three web sites in the small club category (clubs under 250 members).  You can read the RRCA page about the competition.

Congratulations Art and Mieko!

Most of us in the club have run many parts of the 70 mile Backbone Trail. Sometimes it is hard to get a perspective of the whole trail when done in short segments at different times. Art and Mieko have a pretty good picture of the trail that runs from Will Rogers to Ray Miller. This year, in 3 consecutive days, they ran the entire trail. January 2 they ran 25 miles from Will Rogers to Tapia, then January 3, 26 miles from Tapia to Mishe Mokwa, and finally on January 4th, the last 16 miles from Mishe Mokwa to Ray Miller.

Attention Trail Runners--Black Widow Danger!

Large Black Widow

There has been a resurgence of western black widow (Latrodectus hesperus) in our local mountains. Although varying greatly in size, she is very easy to spot-- The female is black, and has a red hour glass shaped marking on her belly. As her name implies, she has a habit of causing the demise of her male partner after she has no more use for him. It is best to avoid contact with this species if seen on the trails. Common symptoms of black widow infection include swollen knees, tendonitis, and utter exhaustion. Look for her as depicted in this image, and beware:

Exciting New Spring 2009 Schedule

The Spring 2009 schedule is posted, and has some exciting events. We are running Morgan Creek, off the Ortega Hwy. followed by brunch at Sarducci's on Feb. 15th. On March 28th, we make our yearly trek to Santa Cruz Island with a new 8 mile course to Montanan Ridge. April 26 ushers in a new loveable 12 mile Backbone course from Kanan Dume to Encinal Road and back. Try not to miss our Chantry Flats run May 17th. And the weekend of June 6th-7th is a trip to San Francisco with a heavily forested Pt.

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