Deeply embedded in the the laid back and casual culture of trail running is the profound respect for the trails that the folks who not only use them but build and maintain them, have for the trails - and 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 local 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 user. 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.