The Raleigh Trail Runners run and socialize throughout the Raleigh/Cary/Apex area. If you need a friendly supportive running group, look no further!
We have the following regularly scheduled runs, but always check the calendar and RSVP before coming since plans may change.
Sunday - Our group long run takes place (with a few exceptions) at William B. Umstead State Park (Cary side). The starting location is Old Reedy Creek off of Weston Parkway. We meet by the chain link fence separating the road from the Black Creek Greenway and Crabtree Lake. It's out and back (or some choose to do a loop) and you can run as short or long as you like. We usually meet at Cafe Carolina after the run for some post-run socializing.
Tuesday - There is usually a run on Tuesday evening. Location varies so check the calendar for details.
Tuesday and Thursday- Early morning run at Umstead. 3-10 miles in length. Check the calendar for time and location.
Wednesday - Hill repeat workout. Check the calendar, since the time and location vary.
Thursday - The Thursday evening run is usually in the Cary/Apex area and can be bridle trail, single track (when it's lighter out longer) or on the greenways. Check the calendar, since the time and location vary.
Saturday - Single track run from the Harrison Ave (Reedy Creek) entrance. Meet in the parking lot by the restrooms. We also sometimes have a morning run at the American Tobacco Trail. Check the calendar for details.
While it often turns out that most members will have someone running at their pace, that may not always happen depending on your pace, the distance you are going and who else shows up. So be prepared that you may do some or all of your run alone depending on the situation. Walkers or runners going at a slower pace are certainly welcome, but most of the group is running between a 6 and 12 minute mile, with between 8 and 10 minutes being the most common, so you may not have company on the run. But since most of our runs are generally an out & back or have very few turns, you shouldn't get lost and can meet up with everyone at the end.
Please be aware that all runs are at your own risk. You will be asked to agree to a waiver when you join. Also any guests you bring with you who don't officially join RTR are your responsibility, not RTRs. 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. It is not their job to keep you safe from the trail, other runners, bikers, cars, animals, or yourself. Again, all runners run at their own risk and are responsible for themselves!
RTR is free and we assume your primary reason for joining us is to meet other runners and help you stay motivated with your running routine. For that reason and others (like safety) we require a picture where we can see your face (sorry, not your sneakers of a picture of your dog...yes, we've seen everything). 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. It just helps keep things clean. So just make sure to visit the site (hopefully a LOT more than once a year) on occasion and you're fine. And of course come out to run wit us. With all the great people and events going on, how can you not want to come out? :)
See you on the trail!
The RTR Leadership Team