Trail Creatures is Athens Road Runners Trail Team made up of trail runners, of all levels. We have two main goals: first, to train together in the mountains in a noncompetitive and fully supported environment, providing benefits of training in a group such as safety in numbers, aid & nutrition, camaraderie, and skill sharing. Our second goal is to provide a training group for those planning to compete in trail races of distances from half marathon up to 50k and beyond.

Who Can Join?

Any Athens Road Runner can join in our mountain trail runs , from beginners and experienced trail junkies and even hikers. Mountain trail runs are rugged and take some getting used to, but our community is diverse and ALL are welcome. Each run offers multiple distance options and a buddy system to ensure no one gets left behind. We also have a hiking group! We encourage you to try out local trail runs in the ARR Trail Series before coming to a mountain run.

Jan 15 Bull Mountain
Feb 12 Vogel State Park
Mar 12 Lake Russell WMA
Apr 9 Southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail
May 14 Yonah Mountain
Jun 5 Rabun Half (race)
Jul 9 Andrews Cove and Tray Mountain
Aug 13 Fort Mountain State Park
Sep 10 Brasstown Bald
Oct 8 Currahee
Nov 12 Winfield Scott & Blood Mountain
Dec 10 Helen Holiday Half and 10K

Jan 30 TBD
Feb 27 Lake Chapman course preview with Dustin Shinholser
Mar 20 Lake Chapman 5K and 15K trail race
Mar 27 TBD
Apr 21 TBD
May 29 TBD
Jun 26 TBD
Jul 31 TBD
Aug 28 TBD
Sep 25 TBD
Oct 30 TBD
Nov 27 TBD

All of our runs will start near a campground or National Forrest campsite in the mountains. Trail Creature members will enjoy free camping, hydration support, camp fire when possible, post run food/snacks and beverages.

Our monthly mountain runs are scouted, guided, and supported by seasoned trail/mountain runners, to introduce new folks to the magic in the mountains, without the fear or risk of going it alone. All runs are zero drop, provide multiple distances, and an emergency support leader with SOS beacon and first aid.

Our community provides skill and knowledge sharing across experience and speed levels. Through Creature Comforts generous support trail team members will enjoy discounts and free race entries for a number of trail races in North Georgia and beyond.

Meet Trail Team Captain Abigail West 

Abigail West’s favorite place in the world is probably the mountains of North Georgia. Abigail is an Athens-based artist whose ideal weekend is spent exploring new places in the mountains with her husband and fellow artist, Michael Ross. After several years running and racing on the roads, she discovered her joy and freedom in trail running, and has now become a competitive trail & ultra runner. She’s passionate about connecting with other runners over the magic of the mountains.