How to Get Started

Trail running is a great way to enjoy nature, get exercise and explore beyond the roads. While there is an abundance of specialized trail running gear & footwear, you can use standard running equipment to get started. Click the button below to read our "8 Trail Running Tips: How to get started" article!

I'm ready to start!

Coaches & Camps

Take your trail running to the next level by hiring a coach or attending a camp. Choose from our list of over 50 coaches & over 120 trail running camps by clicking the button below:

I'm ready for a coach!

Trail Maintenance

Learn how to preserve and care for the trails you enjoy. Find a trail work group near you in our national directory of over 120 organizations:

I'm ready to help!

Accident Insurance

The American Trail Running Association has partnered with Adventure Advocates to provide low cost accident medical insurance for trail runners:

Sign me up!


Joining a club is a great way to meet other trail runners. We've compiled a list of over 120 mountain, ultra and trail running clubs located around the United States.

I'm ready to join a club!

Diversity & Inclusion Links

Running Organizations

USA Track & Field's Mountain, Ultra & Trail Links

View full article archive »

Take Climate Action

Race directors are in a unique position to educate and influence the trail running community. To help them mobilize our community around the climate crisis, Protect Our Winters' (POW) Race Director Toolkit is a great resource.

Show Me the Race Director Toolkit!

Sustainability Guidelines for Races

Race directors can greatly reduce the impact of their trail races on the environment by instituting a few simple measures. Check out our sustainability guidelines for trail running races.

Help me go green!

Book Links

More great titles