Richelle Criswell and Susan Farago have an extensive background 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. Check out their bios below.
"The Idea" - Women on the Trails and the Trail Race Series
A video from Susan & Richelle.
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 (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 holds 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-100K), 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: Slaghter Creek and Wild Basin (Texas), Afton Alps (Minnesota), and Marin Headlands (California).
"To me, trail running is one of the best sports because it's extremely engaging and an hour on the trail goes by in the blink of an eye. I am constantly surrounded by nature and I would much rather dodge squirrels than cars! Some of my most amazing and fun times have been out on the trail with friends!"
Ongoing @ 6:30pm -- Women-Only Tues Runs ($40)
04/26/14 @ 7:30am -- Trail Trip: Buescher Park (free)
06/04/14 @ 6:30pm -- Summer WoT 8 Wk Intro ($120)
08/09/14 @ 7:30am -- Trail Trip: Muleshoe Bend (free)
08/13/14 @ 6:30pm -- Fall WoT 8 Week Intro ($120)
10/09-11/2014 -- Trail Runner's Conf, Estes Park, CO
10/17-18/2014 -- RAGNAR Trail Relays, Comfort, TX
11/08/14 @ 9:00am -- 5K/10K Dirt Trails ($35)
01/17/15 @ 9:00am -- 5K/10K/13M Bruises & B. ($35)
02/07/15 @ 9:00am -- 5K/10K Creepy C. & C. ($35)
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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.
There's always something to learn on the trail. Be a pro in no time with these trail terms and tips!
Knuckle -- (nuh'kl)
A small root or stump that sticks straight up out of the ground. Usually found on dirt packed trail and very difficult to see. Sentence use: First runner yells, "KNUCKLE!" as they run past the offending root/stump to warn following runners.
Trail Angel -- (tra'yal ain'gyl)
A generous individual or group of individuals that provide acts of kindness to participants of outdoor events, on hiking trails, or various biking routes. Also referred to in online hiking journals as friends of hikers, relatives, or others persons who will often provide food, transportation, etc. to hikers on the trail (wikipedia.org).
Keep up with your nutrition both on and off the trail using Luna Bars! Our favorite? Peppermint Stick! We LOVE 'em and so will you!
Wristola -- (rist'olah)
Fancy, high-tech bandana that wraps around your wrist. Serves many purposes including: wiping sweat, tourniquet, emergency toilet paper (one use only). Sentence Use: "I'm sure glad I have my wristola to wipe the sweat from my eyes. It works much better than a regular bandana!" Artwork by: Barrett Criswell
Getting Shadowed -- (ge'ting - shado'wd)
Occurs during night trail running when the runner's headlamp behind you is so blindingly bright that you can't see where you are going because of your own shadow. Sentence use: "I can't see where I'm going because I'm getting shadowed!"
Ground Focus Technique (GFT) -- (graw'nd - fok'us tek'neek)
Being so focused on the ground that the runner doesn't see anything else around them. Form can be upright (when running) or bent over (when stopped). Occurs most frequently during night trail runs but occasionally when the runner just can't see what the heck they are going to step on.
Sentence use: "The trail is really technical here so I better use my GFT!"
Skull Rock -- (skul rok)
Sharp, uneven rocks found in patches on Austin area trails. Rocks often stick up several inches making footing difficult. Named because they look like skulls and bones.
Keith -- (kee'th)
Trailhead Running's unofficial mascot. He is really supportive and shows up at races to cheer on all his two-legged friends! Also has a modeling career posing for art found in local Austin bagel shop. (He is not the dog of the "dogs hauling ass" area on the trail, but he's just as speedy.) AKA: Keif.
Disco Spider -- (dis'ko spi'dr)
Little spiders that run along the edge of the trail at night. They reflect a purple/blue shimmery color when headlamps shine on them. Sentence Use: "Check out all the disco spiders on the trails tonight!"
Photo source: SpiderJew 2012
Have trouble telling poison ivy apart from turk's cap? Take the time to learn your trail plants. And in the mean time, when in doubt, don't touch it!