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CA | Run | Trail Running in the Woods!

Running as a way to hike farther! This is a guided trail run in the woods and meadows to get in shape and go somewhere new at the same time. Lets explore on foot on single track trails over bluffs, meandering forest trails, visiting various rare habitats and geologic wonders as we enjoy running in the freshest air in town! Difficulty level can vary from easy going, mild hills and flatter terrace runs, to sites with mostly steep hills in the woods for shade or meadows for full sun! Complete beginners also welcome to join and we can stop as needed to get our bodies acclimated to this wonderful aerobic change. Whatever it takes to get people running outside! I think running in the woods is the best way to become a runner forever and want to encourage a healthy start with some encouraging company. We will stop to do some yoga and stretching in the sun to keep our bodies limber and well every run.
I would like this to be an accessible and ongoing adventure that can be tailored to the seasons and desires of the participants. This is a great way to experience the changing seasons and explore new places and our bodies throughout the year. I will also offer natural history lessons along the way as I am familiar with many plant, fungal, and rock types in the area that make Santa Cruz an fascinating place to run around!

Nearest City: Santa Cruz
Maximum Participants: 10
Seasonal Availability:
Dry-Season Only
Winter Only
Year-Round
Very Limited
State: California
Start Time: various times, mornings/afternoon/evenings
Meet-up Location: Various places in Santa Cruz
Difficulty:
Easy
Intermediate
Hard
Extreme
Duration:
1-2 Hours
2-4 Hours
4+ Hours
Minimum age of Participants:
No Children
0-5 Years
6-12 Years
13+ Years
About Me: I have a BS in Biology from UCSC and am an avid naturalist and adventurer.
Certifications I Have: First aid, CPR, wilderness backpacking, athletic wilderness body care
Required Gear: Running shoes, if desired, barefoot is okay too!
Nice-To-Have Gear: various lightweight shirts as temperatures change