2013 Trail Running Clinics

Welcome to Peakprints Trail Running! Offering safe and fun clinics for those wanting to give trail running, and even racing, a try! The goal of these clinics is to introduce you to the exhilarating and self-fulfilling sport of trail running, expose you to the varied terrain and challenges of running off road, and prepare you for some or all of the trail runs in the upcoming 2013 Central Alberta 5 Peaks Trail Running Series!

Your two dedicated clinic leaders, Sandi Seto and Marisa Norona, are both experienced runners, on and off the road, are seasoned 5 Peaks race series competitors, and have a wealth of knowledge in the areas of sport training, racing, and well-being. Come on out and feel the joy of running in nature; join us for our 2013 trail running clinics in preparation for 5 Peaks or your other trail running adventures this summer!

Clinic Details

6 informative clinics will be offered this year from May to September. Each clinic will focus on a particular topic related to trail running and racing; we will begin each session with a short discussion from our leaders/guest speakers, then participants will have an opportunity to get out on the trails with the leaders, in a safe and comfortable environment, to give it a try. Clinic locations will vary between trails in and around Calgary and the local mountains. Clinics are geared towards beginners, however, all are welcome. Participants should have the ability to and feel comfortable running (at whatever pace) for 40 minutes on roads.

Drop into each clinic for $10 per clinic, or make the commitment to trail running this year and sign up for the Peakprints package: all 6 clinics for only $50.
Peakprints Package participants will receive a special 5 Peaks souvenir, and all clinic participants will have a chance to win a variety of fantastic draw prizes from our sponsors (free race entries, 5 Peaks souvenirs, trail shoe coupons, other various sports clothing and equipment)! Back by popular demand: a free 5 Peaks race entry will be given to the first 5 participants to register for the Peakprints Clinic Package, and all participants can use a special Peakprints discount code to register for any of this season's 5 Peaks events across Canada! Thanks, 5 Peaks!

Through our partnership with Strides Running Store, additional free casual trail runs (one a month) will be available to our clinic participants. These runs typically happen on the first Saturday of each month, starting in May. To get all the details and to be added to their trail run mailing list, email Strides at run@stridesrunning.com .

Grizzly Mountain Events, another one of our fantastic sponsors, will also be offering additional trail runs on Sundays starting in June out at the Canmore Nordic Centre, yet another opportunity for our clinic participants to get out in a group setting for more trail runs! More details regarding these runs will be sent to clinic participants as the information becomes available.

Sign Me Up!

Detailed information on each clinic will be posted on this blog site a few weeks prior to each clinic date. Sign up as a "follower" and check here regularly for all the details. You can "drop-in" to any of our clinics and just pay on the day. However, if you know that you are coming out, please email us at: peakprintstrailrunning@gmail.com so we can expect you and have you sign a waiver! If you are interested in taking advantage of our great "Peakprints Package" deal, please also email us, and we will sign you up. We will then send you a waiver and information form to complete and bring to your first clinic. If you have any questions or concerns about the clinics or package, once again, email us!

2013 Schedule at a Glance

Friday, May 10th - 6pm (North Glenmore Park)

5 Peaks Series Race #1 - Saturday, May 18th - COP

Friday, May 31st - 6pm (Nosehill Park)

5 Peaks Series Race #2 - Saturday, June 8th - Canmore

Saturday, June 29th - 9:00am (Nosehill - DUE TO FLOODS)

5 Peaks Series Race #3 - Saturday, July 20th - Sundre

Monday, July 29th - 6:00pm (Bowmont Park, Silver Springs)

5 Peaks Series Race #4 - Saturday, August 10th - Fish Creek

Monday, August 19th - 6:00pm (Cochrane Ranche)

Saturday, September 7th - 9:30am (Station Flats, Br. Creek)

5 Peaks Series Race #5 - Saturday, Sept. 14th - Canmore
BLITZ Duathlon - Saturday, Sept. 21st - Bragg Creek

2013 Peakprints Trail Running Group

Aug 26, 2013

Clinic #6 - RACE STRATEGIES - September 7th

Time to start gearing up for the last 5 Peaks race of the season and the Blitz Duathlon this Fall! Join us on Saturday, September 7th at the Station Flats parking lot in Bragg Creek at 9:30am. At this clinic, we are excited to have Trevor Williams join us to talk about racing strategies.  He will share  strategies that will help you decide how best to tackle the terrain of these races, be efficient on the ups & downs, and give it your best performance right to the finish line. He will also touch briefly on pre-race preparations for the days leading up to the race, as well as mental preparation strategies for race day.!  After the talk we will run the first leg of the Blitz Duathlon, an out and back on Sulphur Springs Trail (7.km, with the option of adding an additional 4km to the run by running up, up, up the Diamond-T Loop at the end of the run! Come on out and bring your 'race face' with you!!
Mizuno Rep., Andrew Douglas, will also be there with his demo fleet of Mizuno trail shoes for us all to try. Please arrive early to get yourself geared up!

 Date: Saturday, July 7th
Time: 9:30am
Location: Station Flats, Bragg Creek
Length of session: 120 minutes (pre-run talk & 60 min run),
Drop in Cost: $10 (cash or cheque)

Driving Directions:
From Calgary, either take Trans-Canada Hwy #1, turning south at Hwy #22 and following road for 19 km into Bragg Creek. Alternatively, take Hwy #8 from Calgary heading west until it ends at Hwy #22 (Bragg Creek Road). Turn left (south) and follow road into Bragg Creek

Then, turn left at the 4-way stop by the Shell Station in Bragg Creek and follow the road until it ends shortly at a T junction. Turn right onto hwy 66 and follow it to the Station Flats parking lot, which will be on your right (after crossing the single lane bridge by Allen Bill Pond - which I have heard is no longer a pond!).

 ** Please allow extra time to drive out to Station Flats. There is only single lane traffic allowed to cross the repaired bridge by Allen Bill Pond, so expect delays.

What to Bring:
*Running shoes - trail or road
*Water and a snack (bars or gels are good)
*Extra layers (for before and after)
*Insect Repellant
*Change of clothes/towel for afterward
*Completed waiver & registration form if this is your first time out
(will be emailed to you if you pre-register via email)