Ready to swap sidewalks for switchbacks?
From tips and tricks to long-run essentials, get all the info you need to start trail running.
Already taking on tree-lined trails?
Before you go
Trail running 101
From beginner tips to planning an all-day trail adventure, we break down the essential gear and know-how in an easy-to-follow guide to trail running.
“Whenever I feel anxious these days, I just put on my trail shoes and head for a local trail. No matter where I am, it’s the best remedy for my soul.”
— Mel (@Melsays) is a TV host, writer and content creator who lives and runs in Vancouver
Run lessons? That’s a thing?
You bet. From fresh-off-the-couch 5K training to 5-week courses to help road runners transition to trails, each clinic combines fun group runs with expert advice on gear, technique, wayfinding and safety.
What to wear
Find your footing
If you want to tackle muddy, wet routes or trickier terrain with roots, rocks, hills and narrow sections (aka technical trails), you’ll need a pair of grippy trail running shoes.
Get a grip
- Available prices Clearance price $79.00 From $79.00 to $149.00 $79.00 – $149.00
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- Available prices
- Available prices $179.00
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What to bring
Friday night lights
Low-cost, high-stoke trail races
The MEC Race Series includes everything from beginner-friendly 5Ks to flat-out gnarly ultras. Challenge yourself on the trails, then relax with finish-line snacks and massages.
#1: Pace yourself and start slow. Don't burn out 1km into the race. Let everyone else blast off the start line while you keep a steady pace and finish strong.
MEC Ambassadors share their best tips for your first trail race
Local MEC run crews
Want to hit the trails with some running buddies? Find motivation and tackle new routes with an MEC run crew.
Trail running clinics
Whether you’re transitioning from road to trail or ready to tackle a 55K trail ultra, MEC run experts will help you reach your next running goal.