Introducing the 2014 Summer Trail Run Series

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Looking to challenge yourself with something just a bit out of the ordinary?
Welcome to the 2014 Summer Trail Run Series.

Alpine Shop Trail Run Series 2014Maybe you saw the photos of your friends on Facebook tackling the trails in May (or even last August!). Or maybe you heard somebody talking about it. Maybe you’ve even participated yourself… Well, here we go again! Alpine Shop and the Off-Road Racing League are happy to announce registrations are open for the 2014 Summer Trail Run Series Presented by Columbia Sportswear at Castlewood State Park, running each Thursday night from August 7 through August 28.

These races are limited to only 250 runners each night and a majority of those spots will be filled by runners competing in the entire 4-race series. There’s no better value in running: four races with food and drink after each one, a free t-shirt (guaranteed only for the first 150 series registrants) and tons of giveaways each week for just $65 until the August 5 Advance Registration cut-off date. Individual races are just $20.

We’ll follow different routes and distances each week that will average from around 3.5 miles to just over 5 miles. We’ll throw a few wrinkles your way on the course for the adventure of it, as well, like creek crossings, stair climbs and anything else our race director comes up with for the night. Kids are welcome, too. We’ve even pushed back the starting time to 6:15 pm to try to alleviate some of the stress of getting to the races on a busy week day.

As we mentioned above, you’ll be treated to a post-race party with food and drink after each race and you’ll have a shot at winning plenty of prizes and give-aways every single week.

You know what’s even more fun? We post as many photos as possible of the race on Alpine Shop’s Facebook page the same night as the run. All these photos are yours to use as you like. We never charge for them and love watching people share them with friends.

Spots will fill up quickly. Register today!

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Alpine Shop Running SeriesDo 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

Castlewood State ParkOne 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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