MEC Ottawa Transition to Trail Running Clinic - July 2018

  • Date
    Sunday, 15 July, 2018
  • Time
    From 08:30 am to 10:00 am EDT
  • Organizer
    MEC Ottawa
  • Price
  • Address
    MEC Ottawa
    366 Richmond Road
    Ottawa, ON


Join us for 5 consecutive Sunday mornings, starting on Sunday, July 8th, for instruction and group running in the trails around the National Capital Region. Complete your trail running introduction with an entry to Trail Race Two: The Gatineau Park Ultra on the 6th week!

Prêt à troquer les trottoirs pour la terre battue ? L’atelier d’initiation à la course sur sentier de cinq semaines propose des conseils d’expert sur les meilleurs endroits pour courir, les montées et les descentes, et plus. Vous profiterez de sorties de groupe sur sentier, découvrirez des joyaux cachés et ferez des rencontres géniales. Compléter votre entraînement avec un défi de course: l'ultra trail de la parc de la Gatineau, pour la sixième semaine !

Training will consist of skills instruction that cover many facets of trail running with a different theme each week.We will teach you the tricks of the trade, recommend essential equipment, and help you learn some basic navigation.

Who is this clinic aimed at? This clinic is aimed at all runners! You already run on the road but you want to transition to the trails and are comfortable running continuously for 5km.

Your instructors are employed by MEC to lead these clinics; they are masters of not getting lost in the woods and experts at being good-humoured when it’s cold and has been raining for 45 minutes straight. They LOVE trail running and they don’t discriminate: They go for epic 50km runs in the back woods or out for a quick 5km in the Ottawa Greenbelt - and love them equally!

Sessions will take place at trails within a 20 to 30minute drive from downtown Ottawa, at Kanata Lakes, Stoney Swamp, Kingsmere (Gatineau Park) and the Wolf Trail (Gatineau Park).

*There is now a parking charge at the Wolf Trail, so we advise car sharing with your fellow runners!

*LOCATIONS are subject to change.







Sunday, July 15


NCC Greenbelt P11 – “Stoney Swamp”

4420 West Hunt Club Road, Ottawa, ON, K2R 1H4

Introduction to running on trails: The basics.



July 22


South March Highlands

875 Old Second Line Road, Ottawa, ON, K2K 0G2

Running on technical trails.


Sunday, July 29


NCC Gatineau Park P7 - "Kingsmere"

Gatineau Park, Chelsea, QC, J9B 1G8

Uphill and downhill technique.


Sunday, Aug. 5


Pinhey Forest, Nepean

Nepean Sportsplex, 1701 Woodroffe Ave, ON, K2G 1W2

Running with a map.


Sunday, Aug. 12


NCC Gatineau Park P13 - "Wolf Trail" (#62)

ch. du Lac-Meech, Chelsea, QC, J9B 2N3

Group run: uphill, downhill and technical practice.


A full itinerary will be sent by email prior to the first session.

*Transportation is NOT included, you will meet us at the trail head each Sunday. 

register for the race

To register for MEC Ottawa Trail Race Two: The Gatineau Park Ultra-3K, 11K, 20K, 30K 50K, click HERE.


If you have any questions, please email