That is why we do so much in our stores and in the community to encourage trail running, hiking, biking, and getting into woods in general. Not only do we stock the absolute greatest trail running footwear and gear, we more importantly provide numerous opportunities for you to experience the fantastic trail systems we have in southwest Ohio. After all, who doesn't love getting a little muddy sometimes!
We are also the proud title sponsors of TWO amazing local trails series, Topo Adventure Sports Trail Series and the Dirt Days Trail Series. Both offer everything you'll ever want in a trail series; low key, challenging and varying terrain, organized, and muddy! And between the two series you can run trails all year long!
Each year we also host several Community Trail Mixers. These are casual trail fun runs that allow folks to experience the joys of trail running in an organized and safe format. Although NOT a race, we do mark a course, provide hydration, raffle prizes and general Fleet Feet Fun after the run! Plus many times we offer demo trail shoes for you to test and compare! We usually host Trail mixers in the summer and fall. Check this page, our Facebook page and our newsletter for the next one!
Deeply in bedded in the the laid back, casual culture of trail running is the profound respect for the trails, the folks who build and maintain them, as well as the earth itself. Trail runners are also not the only people who use the trails. Mountain bikers, hikers, horse back rides and adventure racers all rely on the same systems and quality of trails to enjoy their respective activities.
If you are new to trail running, just want to learn more, or are looking for a way to give back to the trails, we suggest hooking up with a local trail maintenance group to educate yourself on what it takes (hard labor) to keep our trails beautiful. And on top of that, learn when and when it is not appropriate to use trails because of wet conditions that ultimately destroy them and negate the hard work many others have put in to building them.
Like any sport, trail running has a culture and a code of conduct, we consider respect for the trails the most important value of any trail runner. Beyond that, it's a pretty casual, happy-go-lucky kind of culture that has been luring people in for decades! Love the trails and they will love you back.