Meet the newest TRC Featured Trail Running Club!
While on a long run on the trails of Holden Arboretum (Kirtland,OH) in the Fall of 2010, a small group of local ultra runners began to discuss the need for a local ultra group. We all shared the same drive and passion for training for and competing in ultras and came up with the original name called North East Ultra Trail Runners, aka "Neutr". With such a great community of runners in the NE Ohio area, we tried to mature a bit and through a collaborative effort, the name became OUTRUN (Ohio Ultra Trail RUNners). The locally focused group grew quickly through facebook and we decided to add an ultra team, Team Outrun, to the resume. The group currently has over 170 members and the team (sponsored by Fleet Feet & Nuun) currently has 23. Outrun was registered with RRCA in 2011.
The mission of the group is to promote the passion for ultra running and provide a symbiotic relationship among the experienced, beginner, and aspiring ultra and trail runners in the North East Ohio area and beyond.
Located in:Kirtland, OH
Where We Meet:
Depending on the season and how well schedules match up, there are people meeting for night runs during the week and regular early morning runs on Saturdays and Sundays. A number of the members have young children so early mornings(6am)are essential. For those who are able to start later, they take advantage of it. Our most popular meeting point is the parking lot at Penitentiary Glen Reservation, Lake Metroparks in Kirtland, OH but we often meet at North or South Chagrin Reservations.
We heavily utilize the beautiful county metro parks that we are so fortunate to have. We regularly meet at Penitentiary Glen, North Chagrin Reservation, South Chagrin Reservation, Chapin Forest Reservation, and Holden Arboretum. You have the choice to run anything from well packed gravel trails to bridle paths to singletrack trails that cover lots of rolling hills, creek crossings, and everything else that Ohio has to offer. People think of the Cleveland area as old steel mills and a river that once caught on fire, but we actually have an amazing park system with more miles available to run than you can believe.
Trail Races and Ultra Marathons We Organize:
Our first official trail race was the Believe & Achieve 5k and 10k trail race this last fall. It was a great success with over 130 participants and proceeds going to an amazing non-profit, Girls with Sole.
Our biggest event, the O24 is on 4/28-4/29/12, a 24 Hour trail race. It is a USATF certified and IAU Bronze labeled event held on a 1mi course in Chapin Forest Reservation, Kirtland OH.
I'll be honest, it's really difficult to keep track of all the races that people have completed, won, etc...We have members whose travels have taken them from Switzerland to the Mexico Copper Canyon 50mi, Beast of Burden 100, Burning River 100, Mohican 100/50, Oil Creek 100, North Coast 24, Vermont 100, Massenutten, Laurel Highlands, Glacial Ridge, Run With Scissors, Bills Badass, Leadville, Javelina Jundred, Ice Age, Kettle Moraine, 50's for yo' Momma, BT50k, Run for Regis 50k, Umstead, Mountain Masochist, and on and on. We have fast runners but we are far more focused on enjoying the process and the experience of trail/ultra running.
Other Club Activities:
We require that all team members volunteer at races throughout the year. Many of us got into running ultras after volunteering for them. We continue to crew for eachother, volunteer for races, and recruit new members constantly. We all recognize that these races do not exist with out the volunteers and it's great to have experienced runners helping you during races when you need it most.
We also had our first Outrun Family picnic and Outrun Christmas party this past year, both of which were a lot of fun.
You Can Find Outrun Online @:
The coyote "O" in the logo has special significance and has become a part of the club after I seem to have the luck of encountering them on the trails. There is a particular event where I was surrounded by them on a speed workout at dusk with my dog. Every runner that goes past the scene of the event has to hear the long-winded version of that story at least once.
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