Adventure Ecology: Trail Running

Friday, August 4th from 10 AM to 12 PM- ages 13 & up are welcome

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Join Squam Lakes Association (SLA) at Cotton Mountain parking lot for a fun run and lesson on trail running. SLA intern Stephen Ramage, an ultramarathon runner from Virginia Tech, will be leading an out and back run from Cotton Mountain to Livermore Mountain (~5mi total). The route will be technical and strenuous. The intended age for this adventure ecology is teens and adults. However, all who are capable are welcome to attend. This program is intended to be a fun and relaxing opportunity to bring together those in the running community and to catch a glimpse of the Squam Ridge Race that takes place October 1st of this year.

Topics that will be covered are safety, nutrition for runners, recovery, partitioning of mileage, pace, courtesy on the trails, and SLA’s role in trail maintenance. The safety segment will include information on planning runs and avoiding injury. The nutrition talk will include hydration, electrolyte intake, pre and post run meals, and calorie intake on the run. Partitioning of mileage section will cover basic training guidelines and descriptions of runs that comprise a training cycle. The significance of fully recovering and how to most effectively recover from running will also be discussed.

The group will meet in the Cotton Mountain parking lot off Rt. 113 in Holderness for brief introductions and a warm up, before starting the run. There will be regrouping points at the summit of Cotton and Livermore Mountain. The points of discussion will be covered throughout the run. After running, the remaining time will be spent conversing and eating snacks in the Cotton Mountain parking lot.

For more information, or to sign up for this Adventure Ecology Program, visit the SLA website ( or contact the SLA directly (603)-968-7336. The SLA also offers other Adventure Ecology trips throughout the summer. Every Friday from June 16 through August 18, these free programs are open to the public and cover a variety of nature and conservation related topics. The Adventure Ecology programs are presented by the Squam Conservation Interns who spend their summers on Squam performing important conservation work in support of the Association's mission.