Summer is the height of the running season in Durango as evidenced by the abundance of races each weekend and the
number of runners out pounding the pavement and trails.
I tend to take special notice of runners whether also running or commuting around town on my bike or in my car.
One of the conveniences of our sport is that it can be done alone at any time of day thereby allowing us
spontaneously to decide to "go for a run" as our schedules allow.
This benefit also makes it a primarily solitary sport, an observation I have been noting more often as summer
progresses. This is not a bad aspect of running especially since many find it to be a time to decompress, getting
into the "zone" as they run along listening to their footfalls and breathing or keeping time to their iPods.
Personally, I probably run about half of my weekly mileage solo for the above-mentioned reasons, but I find that I
also enjoy the times when I run with others - good friends or just other runners who are out enjoying their sport.
Durango Motorless Transit, our local running club, strives to offer a variety of group running opportunities for
residents of the Four Corners.
With input from our board of directors and club members, we offer many local races, track workouts, group trail runs
and social events to draw runners together and promote our sport.
We welcome all abilities of runners to participate in some of these group activities as we encourage runners to take
their running to another level or introduce them to the wonder and beauty of the trails in our community.
From April through October each year, we have weekly group trail runs at 6 p.m. every Thursday at different locations
I can still remember my first summer almost 10 years ago when I began showing up for these runs. I was new to the
sport and slow, so I was nervous about running in unknown locations with people I didn't really know very well.
To my pleasant surprise, I felt so welcome and comfortable in this group setting that I continue to join the Thursday
night trail runs on a regular basis.
Rachel Bell of Durango started coming to the Thursday night trail runs last year. A busy working mother of two, who
often has to hire a sitter, said, "I came the first time on a whim, and I am addicted. I come every week.
"I really like the fact that you're running with a group. I don't really like to run trails by myself," Bell said.
"So this is always an opportunity to get in a nice long trail run with people.
"I've never felt like I'm holding anyone back," Bell said. "It's open to all abilities."
Durango resident Kyle Kindle got invited to a DMT Thursday night trail run at the beginning of last season.
"I really enjoy exploring new trails and having a group to run with," Kindle said.
"The combination keeps me motivated and coming back, running with DMT has helped me push myself further than I would
have if left on my own."
So, get out your calendar, log onto www.go-dmt.org, go under the trail run schedule and pencil in some dates that
work for you. Give group trail running experience a try.
Reach Marjorie Brinton at email@example.com.