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Who and what is BayTrailrunners?
BayTrailrunners was founded by Robert Rhodes as a way to connect with others interested in the sport of trail running. We host casual group trail runs, races, long adventure runs and other exciting events. Please join our email list so you don't miss any news!

I'm a first-time trail runner. Are BayTrailrunners courses too challenging for me?
Our courses can be challenging with a fair amount of hills to navigate. It is ok to take your time and walk the uphills to conserve energy for the other sections of the course. There is no need to be an experienced trail runner to have a good time with us!

How do I know if a particular run is right for me?
Here are a few tips to help you find the right run for you:

  • Compare routes by length (short <5 miles, middle 5-12 miles, and long 12+ miles), and elevation gain/athletic intensity (flat, some hills, lots of climbing)

  • Shorter runs are ideal for beginners and experienced runners wanting a recovery run, while the longer or more athletically demanding runs are for those looking for a challenging training day or longer running adventure.

  • Runs do not have "aid stations", and generally have no water sources, food, restrooms, or shelter along the way. As in hiking, you should be prepared for extended athletic activity and adverse weather (heat or cold), especially on longer runs.

  • Knowing your own level of ability is the single most important safety skill, but you will always have a helpful, committed group of friends at your side and never be too far from services when you are on a BTR run.

How do I keep from getting lost?
It is very important that you read and understand the course description that is on the website before you show up. And please don't assume that if you just follow the runners in front of you, you will never fall of course. Our group runs are small and we don't leave anyone behind.

How often should I hydrate?
Hydration is very important! We cannot stress this enough. Drink 16 to 20 ounces 2 hours before a run. 12 ounces 10 minutes before starting the run. 5 to 10 ounces every 20 minutes during the run and 16 ounces upon completion. For faster absorbtion into the bloodstream, drink tepid or cool water while on the move. Have one water bottle with you at all times and refill it whenever possible.

What is proper trail etiquette?
Please be courteous to other trail users. The common "on your left" announcement is encouraged as you approach and pass other runners. DO NOT LITTER!! These parks are here for our enjoyment and we insist on keeping them clean. Stay on designated trails and don't cut the turns. STAY ALERT!

Music helps keep me motivated. Can I wear my headphones?
Headphones are allowed but we find that most runners prefer not to use them as they can be cumbersome and make socializing difficult. It's up to you.

Can I run with my dog?
If dogs are allowed in the park we are running in then yes, please bring your furried friend. Dogs won't be allowed in races or on the longer adventure runs.

How does BayTrailrunners calculate course distance and elevation?
Data collected using Google Earth and various GPS devices. The information gathered and displayed is provided by 3rd-parties and BayTrailrunners LLC cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information. We have spent many hours compiling this information, made comparisons with other mapping websites and feel confident in the course accuracy. Provided for reference only.

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