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Wonderland Mountain Challenge: Training for a Trail Race


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With a brand new year just beginning, you may be considering some goals that you would like to achieve for 2019. For most, New Year’s Resolutions are established at the start of a new year to help individuals lead better lives moving forward. This could mean anything from eating healthier, saving more money, picking up a new hobby, or running a race for the first time. At ACE, we are proud to be the home of 3 unique trail races: Wonderland Mountain Challenge, which can be run as a half marathon (13.1 miles), a 10k run, or a 5-mile walk, Gritty Chix Mud Run, a down and dirty mud obstacle course run with 5k and 1 mile options, and The New River Gorgeous Trail Run, a half marathon, 10k run, or 5-mile walk.

Runners ascend Concho overlook at the top of the Otha trail training for a trail race during the Wonderland Mountain Challenge trail run race at ACE Adventure Resort.

Training for a Trail Race

If you are new to running, you may be wondering how to best tackle training for a trail run. An important thing to keep in mind is that trail running is much different than running on a road or running on a treadmill. With uneven terrain, it is even more imperative to be aware of your footing. Always inform a family member or friend about where you are running, if you are running alone. With that mind, here are some tips to get you out on the trails:

  1. Start small. Begin your training regime with shorter runs. If you are unable to run for long distances, you can alternate running and walking.
  2. Join a local run club (like this group that meets in Fayetteville, WV).
  3. Search online for training programs specifically for your fitness level and intended distance.
  4. Listen to your body, take rest days.
  5. Have fun!

Runners stay hydrated at the Wonderland Mountain Challenge trail run race at ACE Adventure Resort in the New River Gorge.

The reward for gearing up and getting out on your first trail run is incredible. Not only will you have the opportunity to participate in a race, a new year’s goal for many, but you’ll be able to soak in the beautiful surroundings of the New River Gorge.

A runner crosses the finish line at the Wonderland Mountain Challenge at ACE Adventure Resort in Southern West Virginia.

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