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We at Trailhead Running are always looking for excuses to hit the trails and we'd like to invite you to join us!

Trail Trips | Fun Runs

 

Why Join Us?

“I had a great time! I've tried out various groups over the years (running and tri groups), and so many of them tend to be cliquish and competitive. I think it's hard to find a group where you can feel accepted and comfortable, no matter your speed, fitness level, or whatever. And also have a place where you can share your love and passion for running and being active with others who feel similarly.” Amy S.

"Thank you for a fun trail trip this morning! I loved the run and meeting a new group of people."
Taline S.


Trail Trips

Take a short drive to one of the many central Texas areas parks for a morning of trail running and a change of scenery! Cost is FREE but parks may require a small entrance fee. **RSVP is required.** Conditions may change which require last minute trip date or time modifications.

2014 trips include:
Lake Georgetown || Buescher State Park || Muleshoe Bend Rec Area || Pedernales Falls State Park

 

January 5, 2014 (Sunday) -- LAKE GEORGETOWN, RUSSELL PARK
**Course peview of the Women on the Trails "Dirt Trails and Pony Tails" 5K race**
Location: Lake Georgetown - Russell Park, Georgetown, TX - 47 minutes north of downtown Austin.
Timeline: 7:30am meet at park, 8:00am heels down
  10:45am - Leave park (participants can leave earlier if they wish to run shorter)
  11:00am - Brunch (optional)
  12:00pm - Head back to Austin
Duration: Up to 2.5 hours of running. Each participant can run as much or as little as they like!
Details: We will meet at the Russell Park Trail entrance on the north side of Lake Georgetown in Georgetown, TX at 7:30am.
PARKING - Park at the San Gabriel River Trail - Goodwater Loop entrance. This is located to the right of the main gate/building to Russell Park (so you won't actually go past the guard shack - you'll turn right just before it). After check in and brief introductions, we will review trail maps and provide a variety of run options. Participants can run solo or as part of a group for as short or as long as they like, up to 2.5 hours. After the run we will head to a local restaurant for brunch. Everyone is welcome!
Trail Terrain: Either flat, grassy prairie or hilly, rocky terrain - lots to choose from!
Cost: FREE - there may be a small park fee entrance.
What You Get: A fun morning of trail running with like-minded individuals!
Who Can Attend: Anyone! Bring a friend or come solo and meet new people. We request that all participants are 18 years of age or older. We love our canine friends but please leave them at home for this outing. This event is capped at 18 people.
Gear: Running attire and shoes and water bottle or similar hydration gear. Change of clothes is recommended for post run brunch (we don't mind trail grime and sweat but the restaurant might).
RSVP: Please RSVP by sending us an e-mail so we know how many people to expect. Conditions may also change which require last minute trip date or time modifications. Thanks!

April 26, 2014 (Saturday) -- BUESCHER STATE PARK
Location: Buescher State Park, Smithville TX - 55 minutes east of downtown Austin.
Timeline: 7:30am meet at park headquarters/guard building, 8:00am heels down
  10:45am - Leave park (participants can leave earlier if they wish to run shorter)
  11:00am - Brunch (optional)
  12:00pm - Head back to Austin
Duration: Up to 2.5 hours of running. Each participant can run as much or as little as they like!
Details: We will meet at the main entrance of Buescher State Park (just PAST Bastrop State Park) in Smithville, TX at 7:30am. After check in and brief introductions, we will review trail maps and provide a variety of run options. Participants can run solo or as part of a group for as short or as long as they like, up to 2.5 hours. The main trail loop winds through rolling terrain in Buescher park and eventually connects up with the flatter trails in Bastrop State Park. The park is contained so it is virtually impossible to get lost. After the run we will head to a local restaurant for brunch. Everyone is welcome!
Trail Terrain: A mix of dirt and roots with rolling hills along creeks and ravines. Lots of tree cover.
Cost: FREE - there may be a small park fee entrance.
What You Get: A fun morning of trail running with like-minded individuals!
Who Can Attend: Anyone! Bring a friend or come solo and meet new people. We request that all participants are 18 years of age or older. We love our canine friends but please leave them at home for this outing. This event is capped at 18 people.
Gear: Running attire and shoes and water bottle or similar hydration gear. Change of clothes is recommended for post run brunch (we don't mind trail grime and sweat but the restaurant might).
RSVP: Please RSVP by sending us an e-mail so we know how many people to expect. Conditions may also change which require last minute trip date or time modifications. Thanks!

August 9, 2014 (Saturday) -- MULESHOE BEND RECREATION AREA
Location: Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area, Spicewood TX - 55 minutes northwest of downtown Austin.
Timeline: 7:30am meet at park, 8:00am heels down
  10:45am - Leave park (participants can leave earlier if they wish to run shorter)
  11:00am - Brunch (optional)
  12:00pm - Head back to Austin
Duration: Up to 2.5 hours of running. Each participant can run as much or as little as they like!
Details: We will meet at the main entrance of Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area in Spicewood, TX at 7:30am. After check in and brief introductions, we will review trail maps and provide a variety of run options. Participants can run solo or as part of a group for as short or as long as they like, up to 2.5 hours. The main trail loop is approximately 7 miles with many off-shoots that provide plenty of opportunity to circle back to the main parking lot for water or rest. The park is contained so it is virtually impossible to get lost. After the run we will head to a local restaurant for brunch. Everyone is welcome!
Trail Terrain: A mix of dirt and rock trails with rolling hills and twisty-turny flat sections. Lots of tree cover.
Cost: FREE - there may be a small park fee entrance.
What You Get: A fun morning of trail running with like-minded individuals!
Who Can Attend: Anyone! Bring a friend or come solo and meet new people. We request that all participants are 18 years of age or older. We love our canine friends but please leave them at home for this outing. This event is capped at 18 people.
Gear: Running attire and shoes and water bottle or similar hydration gear. Change of clothes is recommended for post run brunch (we don't mind trail grime and sweat but the restaurant might).
RSVP: Please RSVP by sending us an e-mail so we know how many people to expect. Conditions may also change which require last minute trip date or time modifications. Thanks!

Fall 2014 Date TBA -- PEDERNALES FALLS STATE PARK
Location: Pedernales Falls State Park, Johnson City, TX - 56 minutes west of downtown Austin.
Timeline: 7:30am meet at park, 8:00am heels down
  10:45am - Leave park (participants can leave earlier if they wish to run shorter)
  11:00am - Brunch (optional)
  12:00pm - Head back to Austin
Duration: Up to 2.5 hours of running. Each participant can run as much or as little as they like!
Details: We will meet at the main entrance of Pedernales Falls State Park in Johnson City, TX at 7:30am. After check in and brief introductions, we will drive down to the Wolf Creek trailhead, park, review trail maps, and provide a variety of run options. Participants can run solo or as part of a group for as short or as long as they like, up to 2.5 hours. There is a main loop with marked trails so plenty of opportunity for "out and back" or loop runs. After the run we will head to a local restaurant for brunch. Everyone is welcome!
Trail Terrain: A mix of dirt, crushed rock, and rocky trails with rolling hills. Very little tree cover.
Cost: FREE - there may be a small park fee entrance.
What You Get: A fun morning of trail running with like-minded individuals!
Who Can Attend: Anyone! Bring a friend or come solo and meet new people. We request that all participants are 18 years of age or older. We love our canine friends but please leave them at home for this outing. This event is capped at 18 people.
Gear: Running attire and shoes and water bottle or similar hydration gear. Change of clothes is recommended for post run brunch (we don't mind trail grime and sweat but the restaurant might).
RSVP: Please RSVP by sending us an e-mail so we know how many people to expect. Conditions may also change which require last minute trip date or time modifications. Thanks!


Fun Runs

Free fun runs are on the Austin Greenbelt and surrounding area parks! Come join us for an hour or more of trail running in a "no drop" run setting. Bring a friend or come solo and make new friends - everyone is welcome (including the guys)! Must be 18 years of age or older. No dogs please.

Throughout The Year
We will post impromptu fun runs on our Facebook page so keep an eye out for the next fun run!

April 5, 2014 - Saturday @ 7:15am
Location: Barton Springs to Hill of Life (with optional return). (Map of Barton Springs start location.)
LIMITED SPACE: This run is limited to 15.
Registration: Cost is free. Please RSVP info@trailheadrunning.com to secure your spot and in case of any last minute updates or notifications.
Time: Meet in front of the Barton Springs pool at 7:15am. Heels down at 7:30am.
Description: This is a great chance to run the entire length of the main Barton Creek greenbelt! We start at Barton Springs and will follow the main trail to the top of the Hill of LIfe. Approximate distance is 7 miles. You can stop at the Hill of Life* or turn arround and run back to Barton Springs with us for a 14 mile run. We will have extra water at the Hill of Life for refills.
*Carpooling: If you would like to run Barton Springs to Hill of Life, please arrange your own transportation back to Barton Springs.
Skill Level Requirements: Speed is not essential but running is. You must be able to run either of the distances you choose (7 or 14 miles).


October 29, 2014 - Wednesday @ 6:15pm
Location: 360 Access (map)
Registration
: No need to register or RSVP-just show up!
Description: Our annual Halloween Costume Night Trail Run-costumes required! Bring treats for post run fun.
Slideshow: 2011 Halloween Run

 


Calendar: What's Next?

Ongoing @ 6:30pm -- Women-Only Tues Runs ($40)
04/26/14 @ 7:30am -- Trail Trip: Buescher Park (free)
05/15/14 @ 11:00am -- 3M Health & Fitness Expo
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.

 

 

Trail Terms & Tips

There's always something to learn on the trail. Be a pro in no time with these trail terms and tips!

Trail Resources Info Page
Headlamps? Hydration Packs? Check out our Trail Resources information page for recommendations!

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!


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