Run for fun - in rain or sun - on dirt, rocks, mud, grass or sand. Run with us, alone, for a cause or for yourself. Run barefoot, in flip flops, or high-tech trainers.  Run in your PJs, birthday suit, or latest, greatest gear.  Run at night under a full moon or under the mid-day blazing sun.  Run without rules or plans.  Run because you want to- not because you have to.   

Our Meet ups feature non-competitive, set-your-own-pace trail runs through county parks, often combined with group activities such as meals, coffee, sight-seeing, gear and technique demos, and more.

We welcome runners, hikers, walkers, parkours, dogs, kids - anyone willing and able to enjoy what each event offers while respecting each other and the environment.

We don't care what - if anything - you wear on your feet or body.  Just show up and have fun.  Look for upcoming meetups planned in the following Santa Clara and Santa Cruz county parks:


Almaden Quicksilver (All entrances)

Santa Teresa

Henry Cowell


Rancho San Antonio

Steven's Creek

Los Gatos Creek Trail

Wilder Ranch

and more...


Be spontaneous! If you want to be called/emailed about runs held at the last minute, send an email with your contact info (name, phone and/or email) and the following: What areas do you want to run at the last minute? What times do you want to run at the last minute? What terrain do you want to run on at the last minute? How fast and long do you want to run? How do you want to be contacted? We will contact you when we run at the last minute and you can join us if you can.

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Recent Meetups

  • September 28, 2014 · 8:45 AM

    Sunday Morning Run

    6 or more | 5.00 | 1 Photo

    Let's all meet up this Sunday morning at the Almaden Quicksilver park for a 4-5 mile run. This is going to be a casual run and a good excuse to get out for some exercise... Learn more
  • January 25, 2014 · 8:00 AM

    Barefoot Training Session

    2 or more

    Please join me Saturday morning if you're interested in a training session on barefoot / minimalist running. I have a few years of experience to share to include info on... Learn more
  • January 4, 2014 · 8:00 AM

    Training session for newbies?

    9 or more

    Any one of the more experienced barefoot / minimalist runners on here available and willing to instruct the newer folks in this group who only recently started running... Learn more
  • April 11, 2013 · 7:30 AM

    Morning Quicksilver Trail Run

    3 or more | 5.00

    Super last minute, but I figured I'll throw it out there in case you guys want to join me... Come join us for a 7-8 mile trail on some nice single track trails! We'll... Learn more
  • April 4, 2013 · 7:30 AM

    Morning Quicksilver Trail Run

    5 or more

    Come join us for a 7-8 mile trail on some nice single track trails! We'll be at the gate at 7:30am and will take off within 5 minutes so try to be on time. We're going... Learn more
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  • Ruben Espinoza founded Barefoot & Free Trail Running Club

    on February 18

Founded Feb 18, 2011

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