CENTERVILLE - Runners, there’s no need to let the streets hold you back.
The Centerville Trails Committee is holding their first-ever 5K/10K trails run on April 26 starting at 8:30 a.m. The event has courses designed for both easy to moderate and moderate to advanced runners, and gives people the chance to enjoy the advantages of taking their run up to the hills.
“The trails are a softer surface to run on than roads, which means that people will be less prone to injury,” said Matt Johnson, the trail committee chair. “The road also has a sideways slope near the curb, so trails can be easier on your knees, hips and back.”
The committee has two routes planned out, with a 5K route for easy to moderate runners that includes some moderate elevation changes. The 10K course is more challenging, with more extreme elevation changes.
“We did a casual run last year, but this one is more serious,” he said. “We’re just trying to introduce people to the trails.”
Both courses will have water stations somewhere near the midpoint, though runners are also welcome to bring their own water. Beyond that, Johnson doesn’t think that people will need to bring much gear.
Sunglasses or visors may be needed to shield runners from the sun, and participants are welcome to bring backpacks to carry snacks if they wish.
“You won’t need a whole lot,” he said. “A lot of people will probably be fine just bringing their shoes and running clothes.”
Participants should meet at the Parrish Canyon trailhead, located at 700 E. and 400 North. Participation is free, and though advance registration is not required it gives organizers some sense of how many people will be at the run.