Looking to challenge yourself with something just a bit out of the ordinary?
Do I need special equipment to participate?
You mean besides your two feet?
We have equipment that we recommend trail runners use in general, but in no way do we require it. If you’re interested in some of those things, including trail running shoes (which are definitely recommended – especially on wet trails), hydration packs, clothing and socks, come visit one of our Alpine Shop locations.
What kind of shape do I need to be in to participate?
We’ve set out to make this series accessible to as many people as possible. While each course will pose challenges, we encourage participants to help each other achieve their fitness goals throughout the month.
Like we’ve said, this series is about turning a typical Thursday night in August into an adventure. We want you to have fun, challenge yourself and hopefully invite a few friends along. Please see the expected mileage above to judge your ability to complete the course and we hope you’ll join us!
The Venue: Castlewood State Park
One of the jewels of Missouri’s State Park System, Castlewood State Park will host the 2014 rail Run Series for the fourth straight year. Featuring some of the most diverse trails in the St. Louis area, you’ll get to experience four different sets of trails over the course of the series and explore obstacles like a creek crossing and possibly even the infamous staircase.
Parking is available in paved lots throughout the park. Please only park in designated parking areas and not in any grass areas.
Directions: Heading west on Big Bend or Manchester Road past Highway 141, make a left on Ries Rd. Follow Ries until it ends at Kiefer Creek Road and make a left. The park entrance will be directly in front of you.
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