The WMTR mission is to organize activities for trail runners that encourage people to get outside, have fun, and live active, social lives together.

The group imagines a fun, diverse, inclusive trail running community that is passionate about welcoming new trail runners, exploring new trails, and becoming better informed about the environment, health, trails, and gear. We practice good trail stewardship that includes working alongside the West Michigan Mountain Biking Alliance and others to help build and maintain the private and public trails.


This website of the West Michigan Trail Runners seeks to:

  • Build community among the many runners in the West Michigan area that love trails.
  • Provide information about the running trails in our area.
  • Promote trail running with a trail running calendar, gear reviews, and other informative articles.

How can you participate in this website?
Well, you can read and enjoy our blogs, gear reviews, and trail profiles. But you can also do more. If you create a user account on this site, you can create your own blog and share your knowledge, insights, opinions, and meditations about trail running. An account also allows you to post trail running dates on our calendar. Just click on Create New Account and you will be able to login and create content right away.

New Endeavor

Hello everyone. I just joined today. I am thrilled to have stumbled across this site. I am excited to find people in West Michigan who have similar interest in trail running or running in general. I have never really called myself a "runner" although I have always had to run when training for hockey and always enjoyed it. With a sincere passion for spending time outdoors I look forward to really submerging myself into trail running. I am going through some tough life changes and a difficult break up so hopefully this site and running will be a good outlet to relieve stress.

A New Year's Meditation: the Lure of Final Things

The time to make resolutions, renew commitments, and set goals comes at the worst possible time for runners--for when we step on to the trail we find a layered cake of ice and snow. It's not easy to get out in these conditions here at the turn into 2014.

What we see out the door right now is not what many would describe as the romance of winter running: lightly falling flakes, no wind, and a four inch powder cushion.

Altra Superior 1.5

Old news: I love Altra shoes, but I couldn't run in the original Superiors. New news: I still love Altra and the Superior 1.5s fit better!

I may have mentioned this before, but I find it funny how Altra is numbering their updates. Since they have only changed the upper they didn't upgrade to a full “2nd version” title. They will only use that title when they change the entire shoe, including the midsole and outsole.

Altra Superior

If you read my review of the Altra Lone Peak 1.5s, you know that I love them. I am a huge fan of everything Altra. I even ran in, and now chill out in, an original pair of black Instincts. So when I picked up my first pair of Superiors, I was super excited. They were going to be everything I was looking for. Touted as being lighter than the Lone Peaks, closer to the ground than the Lone Peaks, and with a removable stoneguard, they were going to be the Altras I was going to use for my trail races. That is until they didn’t fit.

Hex nuts vs Hobnails

Today was the day. Christmas Eve morning, a loop around Pickerel Lake with 16 of my WMTR family, and plenty of fresh midwestern powder on top of even more midwestern ice. I loaded up my left Patagonia Forerunner with LaSportiva AT/Hob Nails, and I loaded up my right one with #6, 3/8 in. steel hex nuts from Modern Hardware. The question is, which option performed better?

Who's stupid now?

Behavior that shows a lack of good sense or judgement.

Often when I tell people about my outdoor runs, this time of year, I'm met with a look of bewilderment. That's followed by the question, "why?!" The exclamation point was necessary because it's often more of a demand of an explanation than a simple inquiry. Many don't understand why I would willingly go out in freezing temps and run. And they REALLY don't understand why I seem to enjoy it.

Lessons learned on my first ever trail marathon (& mini YSTR race report)

I am currently in the process of training for my first 50K. As part of that training, I ran the full marathon in early June at the Yankee Springs Trail run for part of my training buildup. Technically, I wasn't "scheduled" to hit a 26 mile training run yet, but I really wanted to do it this year since I ran the half there last year and really enjoyed it. I planned to run the marathon slowly and treat it as a training run, because I wanted to make sure I could keep on with my normal 50K training volume and not need to take a ton of time off after the race.

Knuckle Lights

When it comes to winter running in Michigan, we have a lot of things to consider. What are we going to wear to stay comfortable? How are we going to improve our traction? Can the other runners, cyclists, and most importantly drivers, see me? As a trail runner this last question is the most important: how am I going to see where I’m going?