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After many long hours building a platform and researching events, we are super excited to share our official Trail Sisters Race Calendar!

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Community Editors' Pick Empowerment Equality

“Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.” – Anne Sweeney What makes a Trail Sister?  Are there requirements one must meet to join the sisterhood of the trails?  A certain distance covered, pace maintained, number of trucker hats purchased? In a society ... Read moreOwn Your Sisterhood

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Community beginner Editors' Pick Empowerment family Inspiration

Almost exactly two years ago, I was on these trails – running my first ultramarathon since giving birth to my daughter sixteen months prior. I was still “bouncing back” from my third pregnancy and excited to have a friend tag along for her first ever ultra – the Napa Valley 50k. “It’ll be fun,” I ... Read moreI’ve Only Run This Once Before…

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Community beginner Editors' Pick Empowerment Inspiration

One of my favorite quotes which I try to live by is: “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it” – Charles R. Swindoll. I truly believe that having a positive attitude when facing any circumstance in life really changes everything. Our brains should be trained in the same ... Read moreDon’t Let Anything Stop You

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Community Empowerment Health &amp Fitness Inspiration

When I went for my first run, I was about 10. I had always been the kid who could play outside for hours on end, climbing trees and skinning my knees roller blading endlessly up and down the long driveway. I’ll never forget the day I first ran three miles on my own. It was ... Read moreBack to Joy

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Community Editors' Pick Empowerment Fear &amp Anxiety Injury &amp recovery

Let me tell you a story about the picture above, taken right after leaving the mile 8 aid station at the Black Canyon 100K. What may not be apparent to the naked eye is that I felt awful. In fact, I’d been feeling awful since the first few steps at the start of the race. ... Read moreThe Power of Positive Thinking

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Community Editors' Pick Empowerment Inspiration

Running has been a part of my life for so long, sometimes I don’t stop to think about the reason why.  I just run. But on a recent snowy run, as I was bundled up against the sleet and snow, my face frozen and my fingers numb, I started to wonder what possessed me to ... Read moreThe Runner’s Why

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Community Editors' Pick Empowerment Inspiration

It's just about Trail Sisters three year anniversary, and with much time listening and learning, we've finally decided on what we believe is the best representation for our community...meet Moxie the Mountain Lion.

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Community Editors' Pick Empowerment Equality Inspiration

For a long time I wanted to be a runner. It seemed freeing. There was a man in my hometown who was a marathon runner. I watched him take off for his run daily, and admired him when I was a child. I grew up as a complainer, and although I loved the outdoors and ... Read moreFalling in Love with Running

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Community beginner Empowerment Inspiration Racing &amp training

A friend introduced me to a running group. I agreed to try it, even though the prospect of making small talk while wheezing and struggling to keep pace with a group of former iron-women sounded frankly awful. First of all, I am not a joiner. I don’t like meeting new people. I don’t like to ... Read moreThe Church of Running

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Community beginner Empowerment Inspiration

Trail Sisters is excited to announce our 2019 Celebration Tour, presented by Merrell! TS will travel the USA visiting various Trail Sisters Local Groups.

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Community beginner Editors' Pick Education Empowerment family Inspiration

First, we’d like to say thank you to everyone who has submitted an application for the Trail Run Adventure Grant presented by Trail Sisters, Under Armour and CamelBak. We had a total of 271 submissions, and narrowing it down to 6 awardees was quite hard, to say the least. Each application had a unique mission […]

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Adventure Community Empowerment Inspiration

Let’s be honest: although we see progress, women live in a world where the odds are stacked against us. It’s one thing that women earn less on average due to the tendency toward generally lower-paying industries. And another that so many women endure economic and professional consequences for the gift of bearing children. It’s not […]

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Community Editors' Picks Camaraderie Empowerment

A few years ago, my legs and I were flying along an amazing trail next to the Deschutes River, and we were all having a blast! I felt like a 10 year old on a roller coaster. My whole body was just giddy and I felt completely alive. Then all of the sudden, the party […]

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Community Editors' Picks Empowerment Fear

“You are today what you choose to think today. If today I think that I suck, then I will suck. If today I am an athlete doing everything possible to cope with my injury, then I will cope calmly.” — Terri Schneider It was the first time in months, I was able to go out […]

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Community Editors' Picks Empowerment Injury Mindfulness

In 2017 my partner Justin and I decided to pack our apartment into a storage unit, and instead, reside in a Ram ProMaster van with the intent to tour the USA. Part of this trip was for sheer pleasure and exploration, while the other half was to listen and speak with women who are interested […]

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Community Editors' Picks Empowerment Inspiration Trail Sisters

I never realized how much being a part of a community of runners mattered until I moved away from mine. I had always been under the impression that I would do just fine as a solo runner, but I found out otherwise when I moved 13 hours away from my running home base. In Asheville, […]

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Community Editors' Picks Camaraderie Empowerment

I have heard you.    Not only have I heard you, but I have let your words and actions sink into my brain and then into my heart.   Because of you, I am better. Because of you, I own my flaws and my power.   I heard the “shut up and run” comments thrown […]

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Community Editors' Picks Camaraderie Empowerment Trail Sisters

Today’s article is not focused on trail running. Today’s article is for women being sexually harassed. As a woman, a community member, and a victim of sexual harassment, I want to inspire women to share their voices and become advocates for change.  Within the past few months, sexual harassment has been a main stream issue. […]

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Community Editors' Picks Empowerment Strength

“I hope you know, this race time doesn’t mean anything!” These words were spat at the volunteers at the finish line of a trail race by the irate family member of a runner still out on the course. We weren’t sure how to react in the moment, but after she stomped away these angry words […]

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Community Empowerment Inspiration Race Prep

“I hope you know, this race time doesn’t mean anything!” These words were spat at the volunteers at the finish line of a trail race by the irate family member of a runner still out on the course. We weren’t sure how to react in the moment, but after she stomped away these angry words […]

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Community Empowerment Inspiration Race Prep

By Erin Brown We all know how much more women are scrutinized over their bodies and appearance in the media. We have all been subject to some type of comparison at some point in our lives. Whether it’s from our own minds or from someone else’s. We obsess over what we eat and have often...

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Ambassadors health Empowerment Inspiration Nutrition

By Allison Arevalo I am a runner. I used to struggle with admitting it. I AM a runner. It felt wrong. It felt like a lie. All those people out there, all those women climbing mountains, finishing race after race after race, wearing trucker hats and hydration vests, they were the runners. The real deal....

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Community Guest Contributors Empowerment Inspiration Motivation

By Deserae Clarke It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out; it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.” ―Robert W. Service Recently I’ve had two separate experiences that I think many other women in our sport have encountered, unequal recognition and celebration as compared with our male peers.  They were minor incidents, but...

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Ambassadors Community Empowerment Equality

By: Sydney Zester A few months ago, I was put in a dangerous situation that rocked my sense of security to the core. I was outside by myself when a car drove by and a man yelled at me as it whizzed by. As a woman, this is not uncommon or even a standout event...

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Community Guest Contributors Empowerment Fear Healing Safety Strength

By: Tara Warren “So, I just go down the street for two miles, and I’ll really just bump into a trailhead?” I asked my trail runner hubby, Bryce. “Yeah, you can’t miss it.  Take the trail all the way down to a parking lot.  It’ll wind around, have some good rollers and go down hill...

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Adventure Community Tara Warren beginner Empowerment How to

By Sandi Nypaver Together, we have the power to make all of the changes we want to see happen. That’s the thought I was left with after leading a panel discussion about women’s issues in the sport of MUT running with Cat Bradley, Clare Gallagher, Gina Lucrezi, Silke Koester, Ryan Smith, and Sage Canaday.  ...

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Ambassadors Community Education Empowerment Mindfulness

By Katie Grossman This January, my husband and I moved from Los Angeles to a town without a stoplight.  But this isn’t your typical city-hater, middle finger to corporate America story. As a woman who “did it all,” I’m finding that the transition to a life I’ve always wanted is bringing up an emotion I...

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Adventure Katie Grossman Empowerment Inspiration Strength

By: Deserae Clarke   “Girls become lovers, who turn into mothers, so mothers be good to your daughters too” – John Mayer   Girls today are constantly bombarded by images of what girls and women should look like, no different from when I was young, or my mom, or her mom.  I can remember some...

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Ambassadors Community Body Issues Empowerment family Strength

By Gina Lucrezi PC: @runwithshfoote @wyeasttrailsisters Sponsored by REI Co-op. Unstoppable, persistent, strong, and undeniable. These are the words I think of when I hear the phrase “force of nature.” I envision a powerful current of water ripping around the deep polished corners of a tucked away canyon. It’s inner uniqueness to stay hidden as it’s...

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Community Gina Lucrezi Camaraderie Empowerment Inspiration Strength

by Gina Lucrezi It’s 2017, and the demand for equality is getting louder: equal standards, equal opportunity, equal pay, equal respect. Shouldn’t this include trail and ultrarunning athletes as well?  As an advocate for women in our sport, I have become curious to learn and compare differences between female and male top-level trail runner/ultrarunner compensation/benefits. I...

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Community Gina Lucrezi Empowerment Mindfulness

By Elinor Fish On yesterday’s run along a snow-covered trail winding through stubby pinion tress and scruffy sage bushes, the sound of icy snow crunching under my feet soothed my scattered mind. With the volume turned down on the usual chatter that fills my head, one dominant idea came to the forefront: running strengthens our...

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Community Elinor Fish Empowerment Fear

by Deborah Dzurinko I run many many miles alone. I don’t mind running by myself, in fact, it provides me with quiet time where I can unplug, decompress, and reset. I pray, I think, I repeat song lyrics in my head, I plan, and sometimes I just zone out. It is my time to be...

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Camaraderie Community Empowerment Sisters

by Lisa Perky Today, (Today that I am writing, not Today that you are reading) DeVos was confirmed as our Secretary of Education. As a public school teacher in an area of generational poverty, I am concerned. We teachers sat at lunch today and, as we heard the news, we let out a collective sigh....

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Community Education Empowerment Mindfulness

by Katelynn Wagner When people find out I pay to run 50 miles and call it fun, they usually slide my name over into the “crazy friend” column very quickly, but that’s because they don’t understand. They have never caught the early morning sunrise peeking through the tree tops to greet them at mile 15....

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Ambassadors Adventure Empowerment Mindfulness Strength

by Gina Lucrezi I was driving home from the post office after shipping a Trail Sisters package to North Bend, Oregon when the song Jump (For My Love) by The Pointer Sisters came on the radio. This familiar beat triggered me to think about the scene from The Holiday when Hugh Grant dances around his...

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Adventure Community Gina Lucrezi Empowerment Inspiration Motivation Strength

by Katelynn Wagner I never realized how much being a part of a community of runners mattered until I moved away from mine. I had always been under the impression that I would do just fine as a solo runner, but I found out otherwise when I moved 13 hours away from my running home...

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Ambassadors Community Camaraderie Empowerment

by Sandi Nypaver Why 2016 was a great year in women’s trail running and how 2017 can be even better. “Speak your mind, even if your voice shakes.” -Maggie Kuhn  I can still remember the first time I heard that quote. I was in college sitting in on a free lecture given by award winning...

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Ambassadors Community Empowerment Inspiration