Welcome to the Bellingham Trail Running Club

Bellingham is an outdoor playground with hundred of miles of trails! Trail running is a fun and healthy way to connect with nature and improve your fitness. The BTRC will help you have fun, socialize, and achieve your trail running goals whether you are new to trail running, an old pro, an ultra runner, or a road runner with an adventurous streak. Join a fun group of runners who are exploring the trails. All ability levels are welcome!

Membership

Join the BTRC and enjoy the camaraderie and support of other local runners. Members and nonmembers can attend the weekly BTRC group run. Members receive a discount on BTRS races.

Group Runs

Our group runs explore local trails and keep you motivated and running year around with other local runners! After the run, we might get lunch, dinner, or drinks at a local restaurant or Brewpub These group runs are acceptable for any fitness level. You do not need to be a member to join in the fun!

Weekly Morning Trail Run
Led by Nichole Braun & Mark Harding
Weekly
We have a group run every week usually on Wednesday mornings! Join us for a fun and social run. For most up to date info on our runs, go to our Facebook Group Page. On our club FB page be sure to click on “Events” under the cover photo.

BTRS Course Preview Runs
Monthly, Seasonal
About once a month our Weekly morning run will preview one of the BTRS race courses (usually the upcoming one). For more info, go to our events page: FB Events Page.

Bellingham 6 Brewery Challenge
Monthly
Join us for a fun and social run to all 5 local breweries and one non-brewery that will take you through many local urban trails. We will end at Kulshan. All paces, run is about 4 miles. For more info, dates, locations visit our Facebook page. This run is lots of fun. For winter and early spring dates, bring your headlamp! Using themed dress up.

Pine & Cedar 24 hr Challenge
Monthly Challenge
We challenge you to try to do as many repeats as possible in 24hrs on Pine and Cedar Trail. One repeat: 4 miles, 1650ft climbing. The record holder is Aaron Poh with 11 repeats. For more details visit out FB Events Page.

Cross Chuckanut 20 Mile Run
Monthly
A group run where we all stay together and run from Blanchard Mountain to Fairhaven. Usually 17-20 miles. We do this run once every month or two. Fun, challenging, with about 4,500ft of climbing and lots of fun trails! Bring a headlamp.

Seasonal Fun Runs
Monthly/BiMonthly
We offer many seasonal runs with various themes like Valentine’s Day Undie Run, Solstice Run & Plunge, Holiday Run on Galbraith, and more.

Weightlifting For Ladies

We have a few ladies in the club, and many of them swear by lifting weights to improve their running times. Thanks to the results of lots of female professional athletes seizing the Olympic Games by surprise, we’re observing a substantial increase in women using to the weights space in order to shape a healthy and lean body. If you’re brand-new to weightlifting, we’re here to assist, and we have actually had a few comments from a professional powerlifter too.

Weight training is fantastic for ladies as it motivates them to weight train properly, utilizing the 3 big compound lifts to develop general strength,’ states Roberta, who works as an individual fitness instructor when she’s not competing. ‘It permits us to tone and yet still keep a womanly look by decreasing body fat and also boosting muscle mass, that is an advantage as a pound of muscle mass by itself burns 9 calories a day whilst fat just burns 2.woman leg press

The fantastic aspect of powerlifting is that the compound exercises target every muscle group, consisting of the core. There are no particular stomach workouts. However, each activity turns on your core and utilizes your abs to accompany the vital muscle groups, training them to operate in combination with the remainder of the body. Since this is how you utilize your body in daily life, it’s a much more beneficial method to train your abdominals than separating your mid-section. Exercising all of your muscle groups assists to accelerate your fat burn, not only while you exercise but for hours later on, too, thanks to its impact on your metabolic process. ‘Along with getting you fit, weightlifting increases skeletal strength and assists to decrease the threat of brittle bones.

Our professional lifter, Roberta stated: ‘As a lady, I really find weightlifting so empowering,’ Roberta states. ‘Being strong makes daily life simpler, too. It likewise makes the weights in the gym to appear a little less daunting! I feel great understanding I can train using a structure as well as an understanding of my objectives, something which powerlifting showed me. ‘When you see yourself getting more powerful, you may likewise begin to care less concerning the figure on the scales, but more about the figure on the weights. Determining your development by doing this can actually seem like a big accomplishment. ‘You do not need to train exclusively for your one lift max. However, you can utilize powerlifting to construct your exercise and influence a long-lasting objective of increasing strength,’ Roberta states. ‘As my strength greatly increased, I had a need to support my back with a belt.  I got the wrong one at first that was a disaster!! Thankfully, I found one of the top weightlifting belts for ladies.  This are one of the many wierd things that you learn when you take to the gym with weights.lady weightlifting

Olympic barbells utilized for weight training in a fitness center are typically 20lbs. However, you can frequently discover adjustable bars which weigh much less if those are too substantial for you. Slowly increase the mass you raise till you can handle the barbell. Make one of the powerlifts (which could be the squat, bench press or deadlift) your primary action in each exercise, utilizing as great a mass as you can while keeping good form. Then you can simply carry out the rest of the motions with a somewhat less level of resistance to make up the remainder of your exercise. 3 exercises a week will target your entire body, burning fat and enhancing both your muscles as well as bones.

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