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I prefer to run trails over pavement any day and like early morning runs, unless the temperature is too cold.
The Raleigh Trail Runners run/jog/socialize/slack anywhere in the Raleigh area. If you need a friendly supportive (non-competitive) running group, look no further!
What we are: RTR selects Event Hosts and Organizers for their consistency of attendance, willingness to lead out, and love of trail running. Check out the message boards and come join us in a run anytime. We do our best to make our events fun and rewarding and often include both running an social events.
What we are NOT: The Organizers and Event Hosts of RTR are NOT "experts" at running, we are not specifically trained. It is not the job of the leadership to keep you safe on the trail, from other runners, bikers, vehicles, or even yourself. If you bring a friend you who has not joined and agree to the waiver you understand that it is your responsibility to ensure they understand what we are not assuming any risk or liability for their safety either.
Having said all that, we have never had any incidents that would necessitate this clarification, it is only for the unknown possibility of a future event.
See our "about page" for more info.
Don't see what you like? Make a suggestion of your favorite place(s) especially trails that are not too rough and can accommodate at least 2 miles (one way) in length. Bonus for runs that offer views of water, rocks, critters and shrubbery . We will *try* to accommodate everyone at some point by having a run near you. New runners/joggers are welcome anytime but please note that we are not following the Galloway (run/walk intervals) plan so if you are then you may not have a lot of company. Can't stress this enough that right now we don't have many slow runners (slower than 12 min/mile pace) attending our events, so you will likely not have running company until either more slow runners consistently attend events, or of course when you eventually get faster with training :) The good news however is that our runs are generally an out & back or small loop (2 miles) course, so just ask the run organizer for help on getting back to the parking lot if you can't keep up with the the pace or the length of the run. We have the following regularly scheduled runs:
Sunday - The run that started it all! Our group long run day that takes place (with few exceptions) at William B. Umstead state park. The starting location is Old Reedy Creek off of Weston Parkway by the fence separating the road from the Black Creek Greenway and Crabtree Lake. An out and back (or loop for longer runs) offering distances of 2-24 miles. This has traditionally been our best attended event and the fun continues at Carolina Cafe after the run for some post-run socializing.
Tuesday and Thursday- Our early morning Umstead trail runs. 3-6 miles in length, you choose the distance. Starting point is Harrison Ave. entrance.
Thursday - We have a Thursday evening run in the Cary/Apex area. Check the calendar, since the time and location can vary throughout the year.
Saturday - The weekend single track run on Company Mill Trail (single track).
In the spring-fall we also generally have a long, hilly run on Fridays from the Harrison Ave. entrance that includes a loop on Turkey Creek.
Some of our normal runs allow for shorter run options for those who aren't up for the full run so please check the calendar frequently.
While we do our best as organizers to ensure that everyone has someone to run with that may not always happen. Please be aware that all runs are at your own risk. RTR organizers are there to welcome members and help everyone get to know each other. They are organizers because they are willing to volunteer and because they love running. They are not specifically trained or responsible for attendees at runs or events however. It is not their job to keep you safe from the trail, other runners, bikers, cars, animals, or yourself. All runners run at their own risk and are responsible for themselves.
RTR is free!! There are no solicitations for commercial products and/or services from members or organizers. The meetup.com site fees are paid upfront by us and many gracious members have helped offset costs by donating to RTR. The yearly membership dues ($10) are completely optional, and help to cover our costs and allow us to host more events. Of course more or less is also fine. Thank you all for your support and generous donations that cover our site hosting fees.
One last thing...we do an annual membership purge at the end of January. If you haven't visited the site at least once in a year, your membership will be terminated unless we hear from you why you still want it. It just helps keep things clean. So just make sure to visit (hopefully a LOT more than once a year) on occasion and you're fine. With all the great people and events going on, how can you not want to come out? :)