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.

Welcome

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.

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.

Bruised Ankles Are the New Black!

This is it! This is the winter that I try running snow shoes. I live in Michigan, after all. It snows here . . . sometimes A LOT!! And so after months of debating, researching, discussing and considering, my husband and I finally picked me out a pair of running snow shoes. The Atlas Run Unisex were the ones we chose. They are spring loaded suspension, 6061 aluminum V-frame, have LightSpeed binding, aluminum Twin-Trac toe crampon and Heel Traction. I was so excited when they arrived! Christmas came early! But of course the day they showed up on our doorstep there was no snow to speak of.

Who's stupid now?

Stu-pid-i-ty
Noun
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.

Overindulgence = a sluggish pace

Ever notice that when you drink some "adult" beverages or make bad eating choices that your running always suffers the next day? Either you choose to not to run at all or, like me, you force yourself to go run anyways and feel horrible, slow and like a ball of sludge on an endless uphill climb. It's just not enjoyable, people! So, why do we do it to ourselves?

The Dirty Dual

Formerly known as the Red Bull Trail Daze, the Dirty Duel is one of the only trail races in the United States that offers racers a choice of courses:
Long and Difficult (6K) VS. Short and You’ve Gotta Be Kidding Me (5K)

Two groups of racers will split off right after the start in a mad dueling dash back to the finish. Will it be the “easier” long course that speeds runners to a top finish or the short but extremely nasty “trail” that racers survive on their way to victory? Celebrate after the tough run with free homemade cider and donuts from Robinette’s.

The North Face Ultra Guide

Let’s start with the good stuff…I think this is the best trail running shoe The North Face has made to date. That being said, they still haven’t caught up to their competitors yet. Though I suspect that it will only be a matter of time until The North Face is a major player in the trail running universe.

YakTrax XTR (Kahtoola Microspikes)

Truth be told, I haven’t run in the Kahtoola Microspikes. But my experimentation with the YakTrax XTR, and previous reviews I've read about both, leave me feeling confident that I can comment on both.

I have already hit the snowy trails in the YakTrax Pro, HobNails, Ice Spikes, and sheet metal hexnuts, so this should finish my comprehensive coverage of your winter traction options. Let’s make this short and sweet…

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.