Beginner Trail Running Training

winter INTRO GROUP - starts JANUARY 13th

Are you interested in trying the trails? Have you been wanting to add trail running to your training routine but you’re not sure where to start? Is one of your goals this year to complete a trail race? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this intro to trail running group is the perfect way to (sometimes literally) get your feet wet in the trail running world!

Our trail running group will meet once a week at Patapsco State Park for runs and learn about hydration, nutrition, injury prevention and all the ins and outs of trail running along the way. See below for specific dates and times.

This program is open to all paces and is designed for the beginner trail runner.


No trail running experience is required! However, to safely meet your goal we do ask that you are comfortable running 3-4 miles (at any pace) before starting the program.

Winter Intro to Trail Running Training

train for a 10K

Our Winter Beginner Trail Group starts January 13th and targets the Rosaryville 10K on March 31st. You are welcome to join the program regardless of if you are planning to race at the end.


Winter Intro to Trail Training
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What to Expect

  • Supported group runs once a week with planned routes and companionship

  • Weekly training plans

  • Access to expert coaching services and advice

  • Training premium

  • Gait analysis with footwear recommendations

  • 10% store discount at Charm City Run

  • Nutrition, gear and injury prevention education

  • Trail running routes, advice and support

  • Participants will be asked to assist with trail maintenence as a part of the progrm

Training Dates & Times

An info sessions will be held in the weeks leading up to the start of training to address your questions and explain the program expectations. To sign up for an info session, please fill out the form below. Registered or not, all are welcome to join us for an info session and/or the first day of training to get a feel for the awesome group atmopshere!


Info Session:

  • Sunday, January 6th at 11:00am at Charm City Run Columbia

First Run:

  • Sunday, January 13th at 8:00am *canceled due to weather

Training Runs:

  • Sundays at 8:00am

Location: Patapsco State Park

Coaches: Jennifer Dress & Christine Merenda

sign up for the info session

Want to learn more about our next Winter Intro to Trail Running Training Program? Join us on Sunday, January 6th at 11:00am at Charm City Run Columbia to meet the coaches, ask your questions and learn about the structure of the program! Sign up for the info session below.

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