All are welcome to join this group and the trails are always an adventure. Typically in the summer we have around 100-125 runners show up for our weekly group run. We keep it interesting by changing up the routes each week. If you don’t know where you are going, no worries, someone will always come back to find you. You can rest assured you will have a fantastic experience. People of all ages attend our runs. Brothers, sisters, children, mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles … event pets — they are all welcome!
There is no racing on Thursday nights. It’s just a group of people who really want to get together, enjoy the park and stay fit. We grab a bite to eat and hang out after the runs as well. It’s a great way to meet new friends and find new running buddies. Whether you are training for a race, or just starting to discover running, this group is great for all runners at all levels. More experienced runners lend advice and help new runners.
CRTR was named one of the 12 top trail running clubs by Trail Runner Magazine!
The trails are a challenge and an adventure. CRTR allow you to explore the park; cross creeks, climb some rocks, discover wildlife, stop and pause at a waterfall, and more. It really helps you slow down from all the chaos of everyday life and enjoy the fresh air and wonderments of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
If you are a new runner and have any doubts about whether you should try running with us, we encourage you to take the risk. We have all been there before.
Guests/non-members are always welcome at our group runs and events!
Membership is free based on these guidelines:
- Must attend and sign in at least 8 group runs during the year.
- Must volunteer at least once for a local park system, a Western Reserve Racing event, or join the Conservancy for CVNP.
- Willing to be adventurous and help others.
- Weekly Thursday Group Run and associated shenanigans.
- Membership to RRCA.
- Special Group Runs – Easter, Halloween, Corn Maze, Muddy Paws Prediction Run, White Elephant Xmas Party – members eligible to win prizes, participate in raffles/gift exchanges/etc.
- 15% off at Vertical Runner Hudson and Brecksville – your name will be on a list.
- Early Access to Two Special End of Season Sales at Vertical Runner.
- Discounted and Free Entries to Area Races.
- CRTR Gear – We plan on adding high quality race gear at an affordable price that everyone will be comfortable wearing. We will also have tees, hoodies, and other items members want.