Green Outdoors: Off-road running with the Trail Monsters

5:28 PM, Jun 20, 2011   |    comments
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POWNAL, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Trail running is becoming more popular. Many runners who used to be seen on roads, are now dashing through woods and fields. One well known group is the Maine Trail Monsters. It includes some of maine's elite trail runners, several of whom are getting ready for a most amazing challenge.

The footing is uneven and often the elevations are extreme. Muddy legs are the only dues these club members have to pay to earn their prized Trail Monster T-shirts. In august, a dozen or so will gather to run Maine's hundred mile wilderness.

Last summer three Maine men, Chris Harward, Eli Lazarus and Nichol Ernest became the first to run the trail going north to south in 39 hours. The Trail Monsters who wear light weight, thick rubber soled shoes, with big treads, think that mark will fall.

The 100 mile wilderness run is not an organized race. Runners will organize their own supply and support and they are not inviting others to join them.

The Trail Monsters do invite Maine runners to a number of shorter runs that they put on each month.


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