Founded in 2012, Trailhead Running was an idea borne out of the desire to introduce women to all the wonderful things about trail running.
Richelle Criswell and Susan Farago, co-owners of Trailhead Running, have extensive backgrounds in all things sports. Since 1998 their combined experiences include: coaching groups and one-on-one clients, event coordination, race directing, sports media coverage and reporting, writing fitness articles for local and national publications, and informational/ motivational speaking engagements. They are passionate about what they do and have a strong desire to share their skills and knowledge with a "come join us!" attitude. In 2015 Leah Fisher Nyfeler joined Susan and Richelle. Check out their bios below.
"The Idea" - Women on the Trails and the Trail Race Series
A video from Susan and Richelle.
Check out what Trailhead Running's Women on the Trails have to say!
About Richelle: Richelle is competitive by nature but also has a heart for those who are new to any type of athletic endeavor. Richelle participated in team sports at an early age and after college she has continued to challenge herself. Richelle is an endurance athlete who has completed triathlons (including Ironman distance), cycling events (Seattle to Portland Ride), trail races (ultra-marathons), and marathons. To date, one of her proudest accomplishments is finishing the Palo Duro 50-Mile trail run. Although she takes her training seriously, always remembering to "respect the distance", she also knows that you have to have a sense of humor and not take yourself too seriously. Her trail running motto: "I'm not lost, I'm with you!"
Favorite Trails: Bastrop and Muleshoe (Texas) and Muir Woods (California).
"Never be afraid to try something different or out of your comfort zone. The trails may seem daunting, but once you get on the trail and experience the feeling of being surrounding by nature instead of concrete and cars, you'll be happy you chose get off the road and onto the trail."
About Susan: Susan has over 20 years coaching experience and has worked with people of all ages and abilities in a wide variety of sports. She has earned certifications in triathlon (USAT L1), cycling (USAC L2), sports nutrition (NFPT), and has a master's degree in education (MEd) with a focus on adult learning and motivation. She enjoys helping others achieve their fitness goals and making complex tasks seem easy. Susan is also a multisport and ultra endurance athlete and has competed worldwide in many trail races (5K-100 mile), cross-country cycling races, and various distance triathlons, including qualifying for and racing Ironman Hawaii. Her motto: work hard, enjoy success, learn from challenges, and laugh a LOT!
Favorite Trails: Slaughter Creek and Wild Basin (Texas), Afton Alps (Minnesota), and Marin Headlands (California).
"To me, trail running is one of the best activities because it's extremely engaging; an hour on the trail goes by in the blink of an eye. Some of my most amazing and fun times have been trail running with friends!"
About Leah: Leah never met a workout she wouldn’t try. An avid runner, both road and trail, and mostly retired triathlete, she has completed distances from sprint to ultra marathon, including an Ironman finish. She came to running later in life, with no athletic background beyond marching band and the occasional game of HORSE with the guys in the neighborhood. Three kids under the age of 6 created a need for “me” time, and a life-long running habit was born. Nyfeler, an RRCA-certified running coach, has worked for several fitness groups in Austin; from December 2011 to December 2014, she was the editor in chief of Austin Fit Magazine. Check out her blog -- Enjoying the Journey: Observations on the Fit Life.
Favorite Trails: Hill Country State Natural Area in Bandera, TX, and the St. Edward’s/Forest Ridge trail.
“If I can do it, you can, too. And won’t we have fun doing it together?!?”
Ongoing @ 6:30pm - Women-Only Tues Runs ($40)
12/08/15 -- THR Ongoing Winter Break Begins
01/05/16 -- THR Ongoing Resumes
01/16/16 @ 9:00am - 5K/10K/13.1 M Bruises & Band. ($40)
02/20/16 @ 9:00am - 5K/10K Creepy Crawlies & Crit. ($40)
2016 Spring/Fall - Women on Trails Intro: dates TBA ($75)
11/05/16 @ 9:00am - 5K/10K Dirt Trails & Pony Tails
Trail Trips and Fun Runs
RACE CALENDAR for Central Texas
EVENTS for Trailhead Running
Women on the Trails Race Series - Jan & Feb
Get your dirty on with the WoT Race Series! 5K, 10K, and 13.1 mile distances. Register today!
TRAIL GEAR | RESOURCES | MAPS | TRAIL TERMS
Great info on headlamps, hydration packs, socks, and more! Plus informative articles -- all on our BLOG.
Trailhead Running Voted Top 12 Trail Running Clubs! Thank you to our friends and Trail Runner Magazine. Check out the official list!
We are a Club Member of ATRA
The American Trail Running Association is a great resource for all things trail.
We are a Member of RRCA
Road Runner's Club of America is the oldest and largest U.S. org dedicated to distance running.