Imagine getting to do what you like to do best. That’s my relationship with trail running. I discovered trail running in 2004 after several years of running road marathons. Once I got on the trails I never looked back. Not that there was anything wrong with road running but I instantly felt connected to trail running. The sights, sounds, and smells of the trails are something that cannot be replicated elsewhere, nor do I bother to try.

Trail running has evolved over the past 10 years, due largely to the advent of social media. It’s brought together groups that previously would have been unaware of each other’s existence. Three Rivers Running Company (3RRC) now has an ultra running team that’s comprised of trail runners and I’m honored to be a small part of it. We train together, support one another during races, and it’s become like a family.

While I think I speak for my teammates about the virtues of trail running, don’t take my word for it when you can read their thoughts below on what it means to some of them.

Trail running….

“…helps me to regroup, focus, and get my life back in order.”

“…is my path to tranquility and distraction from the meaningless noise of modern life.”

“…is my peace and keeps me balanced. Surrounding myself with nature makes me a better person.”

“…helps me slow down and regain clarity from the outside pressures of life.”

“…is my Satori…my communion with the Creator and his creation.”

“…allows me to relax and get away from the world.”

“…to me means talking with God, giving him my thanks for all I have, giving me the ability to be out there. Growing a stronger bond with my husband.”


If you’ve not experienced trail running before and would like to give it a try, please contact 3RRC to find out where you can join local groups for a training run. Additionally, 3RRC has many trail running gear and supply options to choose from to enhance your running experience. Trail running has no off-season, so don’t let the impending winter prevent you from enjoying the great outdoors free from traffic. But we need to warn you, it can become addictive.

written by Indiana Trail 100 Race Director Mike Pfefferkorn

“I am always inspired by other runners. I love being around positive people and draw energy from them. Whether plodders or speed demons, I love to talk to them and listen to their stories.”

Betty Nelson


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