Are you bored of running on pavement and want to combine your love of running and being in the mountains?
Does running on pavement cause all sorts of injuries to flare up? These are great reasons to sign up for the Trail Running Mentorship program with Colour the Trails, supported by On Running.
This Trail Running Mentorship Program is to support Black, Indigenous and Racialized folks to become confident trail runners by providing them with the knowledge and training required to get started and excel in the sport.
This program will be led by an experienced trail runner who likes running farther than you like driving, this program will set you up with the skills and experience you need to be confident in the trails and even sign up for your first trail race! Through a mixture of online learning sessions and group runs, you’ll develop a strong foundation in the sport, and the community members you meet will encourage you to keep going. The program will be 12 weeks in length, with six coach-led group runs and six online learning sessions. On off-weeks, participants will be provided with running routes designed for their goals/ability to complete with their peers. This will be a group mentorship, with multiple coaches working with you and up to 14 others over the course of 12 weeks.
We are currently only offering this program for our BC Chapter (lower mainland). We acknowledge that this program will run on the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
Program In-Person Group Run Dates:
May 29th (Sun), 9am-12pm
June 8th (Wed), evening
June 22nd (Wed), evening
July 10th (Sun), 9am-12pm
July 15th/16th (Fri/Sat) – possible race
July 24th (Sun), 9am-12pm
Finale: Aug 7th (Sun), 9am-12pm
Bonus: optional trail race at the end
There will also be a component of online learning, dates TBC based on majority of the groups’ availability.
There will be two registration options if you are selected for the mentorship program.
Option 1: $150 for 12-week program, includes all group runs and online learning
Option 2: $450 incl. option 1 plus you’ll receive gear for trail running from On Running (shoes, top, bottoms and jacket) retail value around $800 CAD. Please indicate which option you’d like in the google form when you apply.
All registration costs help support Colour the Trails to continue providing programs like this!
There are 15 spots for this program. Depending on the volume of applications we receive, we may not be able to have you join this time, so we ask for patience and understanding as there’s a lot work being done behind the scenes. We hope to see you at other events hosted by our community!