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.

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.

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.

Altra Lone Peak 1.5

When my first pair of Lone Peaks arrived, I took them out for one test run and immediately put them aside. They were too wide and too heavy. I was running a lot in my original Minimus Trail 10s (with some long runs in my Peregrine 2s), and the Lone Peaks just couldn’t compare. I wanted “minimal”, and I didn’t want to go back to a bulkier shoe. I had put in the time, developed the foot strength, worked on my form, and loved the lower drop, closer to the ground feel of minimal trail running shoes. And then I got hurt. And Terence made me put away my Minimus.

Winds of Change

The Winds of Change

Running was always my way of talking with Dad, it has served me well my whole life.

On a lonely beach, on a quiet forest trail, even in the madness of a city, the connection could always be found!
There was always a simple beauty in it, running is simply putting one foot in front of the other, nothing more, nothing less.
Yet this simple act of freewill can defeat even the strongest of men.
It can also bring the meekest to great pride in themselves!

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.

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?

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.

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.

The Edge

I started running in 2007. I actually just had to look up my first 5k time to see that it really had been that long ago. I tried running a couple of times prior to that, but it didn’t take. My husband Patrick, an amazing runner and athlete, wanted so badly for me to start. But the more he pushed, the more I resisted. I’m a bit like a feral cat in that way. It was too far past my edge. Slowly something within me shifted, and with the support of Patrick and my dear friend Trudi, I decided to try again with a “couch to 5k in five weeks” training plan.