Stan Swartz - a tribute


It's with sadness we have to announce that our club founder "Stan Swartz", director emeritus, passed away on Tuesday May 30th, 2017 at the age of 83. 

Stan founded the "Trail Runners Club" for men and women in 1988 and never missed a Sunday run, up until a couple years ago his declining health prevented him of attending the club runs. After celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Trail Runners Club in 2013 he retired as club director.
 
Stan loved the club, the runners, being on top of the mountains, running the trails and it was his dream and life work to share this with many others. Sometimes he would have such a magical trail experience in the early morning that once he got back home he would motivate his family to go too, same day! In his young, strong and healthy years he was a well known trail runner in the Santa Monica mountains, especially around Will Rogers, Topanga State Park and the Pallisades. At the Westridge trail head everyone knew Stan. He was the first to organize the Malibu Creek 25k, now known as the Bulldog, he also designed the Topanga Turkey Trot, now operated by xterra trailruns. After it became a commercially run race, he kept organizing the Turkey Trot run every year on Thanksgiving as a FREE club event and OPEN to ALL. We are still keeping this tradition alive, this year being the 36th year.
 
His favorite trail was the "Ray Miller Trail". He had a saying: "If you only have time to run two trails, then you run Ray Miller UP and then you run Ray Miller DOWN". (He was/is so right about that!)
The trails and the club were his passion, he would tell us over and over again that there is such freedom in running in the mountains, that it is the best physical exercise men and women can possibly do. He would educate us about the dangers of the woods, lots of the now seasoned trail runners in the LA area have gotten their first trail lessons by him.
Stan Swartz has co-authored two books "Trail Running: From Novice to Master" and "50 Trail Runs in Southern California". Both books were my first two books about trail running, it's from those books I learned everything about the trails and trail etiquette.
 
We remember Stan as a wonderful trail ambassador, trail educator and great leader of our club! Let's keep his dream alive and make this club great again. Keep running the trails, happily and respectful ...
 
Our condolences to his wife, children, grand children, family and friends.