(Jackson, Wyo.) - Tomorrow, Teton Trail Runners will kick off their summer season -- not with a run, but a movie to get everyone together. "Our season kick-off is the Trails in Motion Film Festival on June 1 at the Teton County Library from 5:30 - 8 p.m. It's free and there will be a raffle with prizes from our sponsors, snacks, and then two hours of award winning trail running films to get people amped up for the 2016 trail running season," said Teton Trail Runners co-president Travis Ziehl. The group was started in 2008 by Alyssa Larsen, with the goal of starting a running community in the greater Jackson Hole area for runners of all ages and abilities. According to Ziehl, Teton Trail Runners tries to provide fun running events, help coordinate volunteers, as a user group give back to trails, organize a few races and events, and most importantly, help encourage the next generation of runners. They are organized as a chapter of the Road Runners Clubs of America, which is a non-profit that helps provide insurance coverage for their events and the entire board. [image: Inline image 2] Weekly runs are every Tuesday at 6 p.m. from June through the end of September. The location, distance, and challenge varies each week (details are available on their Facebook Group
"We try to mix it up and visit all parts of the valley. When possible, we
provide an easy and challenging route, and then after each run we like to
coordinate a social event which has been anything from going to a
bar/restaurant to pizza parties to swimming in a lake," said Ziehl.
The first run is June 7 on Emily's Pond Levee. Then on June 9, they are
partnering with the Bridger-Teton National Forest and Friends of the
Pathways to hep rebuild the staircase on Josie's Ridge.
Here is the full schedule:
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"It's really for everyone and we thrive on different people," said Ziehl.
"Running is natural and super healthy and it's really not gear intensive or
elitist. Some of the most genuine encouraging and positive people I've came
across are runners and there's this sense of community, friendship, and
support once you become part of it."
*Feature Photo: Teton Trail Runners. h/t Travis Ziehl / Pitchengine
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