The clinics are skills-based training sessions covering technique, gear, hydration, navigation, safety, trail food, trail etiquette, day-to-day nutrition, maintaining balance, cross-training, using a training program, goal setting, developing ankle strength, avoiding injury, rehabilitation and recovery, race preparation, race strategy and trail maintenance. You will experience a variety of trails from simple to technical depending on the level of the clinic and the distance goals. Experienced, friendly leaders are available for all levels of runners.

  • Clinics include:
    • Saturday long run
    • Wednesday night speed workout
    • Race fee
    • Discounts at Forerunners
    • Online trail booklet
    • Clinic gift
    • Detailed route descriptions
    • Scenery
    • Draw prizes
    • Guest speakers
    • Major fun, and a chance to meet crazy people. 
  • Incentives:
    1. Introduce 2 new people to trail running and you get a free clinic
    2. Married couples gets $50 off total when both join the clinic (you will give receive a coupon code).
  • General Info
    • We meet at 8:30am on the first day at Forerunners 980 Marine Drive, North Vancouver. Be prepared to run during the first session.
    • Clinics meet on Saturday morning at 8:30am at a trailhead & Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm at Forerunners (980 Marine Drive)
    • Drop-in fees are on par with the clinic rate. 

Types of Clinics Glossary:

  • Short Course Clinic (10-12 km goal)
    • The "short course" clinic covers the basics on relatively simple routes from 5-8 km in distance graduating from easy trails to some technical sections. The final run is a race or adventure run. You will receive a solid grounding in trail technique. Prerequisite: 5 km on road
  • Intermediate Clinic (12-25 km goal)
    • The intermediate clinic is suited to runners who have completed a previous clinic or are experienced trail runners who are ready for longer distance and more technical trails. Prerequisite: 10-12 km.
  • Advanced Clinic (25+ km goal)
    • The advanced clinic is suited to runners who have a good deal of trail experience and have already participated in trail races. They have longer distance race goals, plenty of drive, and enjoy the challenge of the north shore technical trails. You do not need to be fast to join this clinic. Prerequisite: 12 km.
  • Fanatic Clinic (50 km goal)
    • The fanatic clinic is suited to runners who are hopelessly hooked on trail running, go through withdrawal when they miss a trail run, and have done 25 km or longer trail race. You do not need to be fast but stamina is an asset. Prerequisite: 20 km.





Clinics Offered:

Spring 2017 - Iron Knee/Tender Knee (March 18, 2017) Clinic

  • For the Iron Knee 25km (8 weeks; $125)
    • Intermediate and advanced levels
    • Begins March 18, 2017 at 8:30am from Forerunners North Vancouver
    • Prerequisite: 8-10km
    • Includes race fees
    • Trailhead locations are here
  • For Tender Knee13k (8 weeks; $125)
    • Short course clinic
    • Begins March 18, 2017 at 8:30am from Forerunners North Vancouver
    • Prerequisite: 5km
    • Race fees included with clinic
    • Trailhead locations are here


  • 2 Ways to Register:
    • Online registration.
    • At Forerunners via cash, credit card or debit.



May 6 - Our last run! Meet at Lynn Canyon Park at 8:30

SHORT course (6 km) - description and map

LONG course (9 km) - description and map

April 29 - a CARPOOL run! This week, we need to meet at Deep Cove and carpool to the start (either LSCR or the top of Prospect Road. For both short and long courses, meet on Deep Cove Road before it curves to Gallant Avenue.

SHORT course (13 km) - LSCR to Deep Cove - description and course map.

LONG course (22 km) - Prospect Road to Deep Cove - description and course map

April 22 - SHORT - meet at the parking lot at Grouse. Use the parking lot on your RIGHT, and farthest down near start of Skyline trail.

SHORT (10km) - description and map

LONG - we meet lower down the hill at CLEVELAND PARK. This is the park on the right side of Nancy Greene Way across from Cleveland Dam.Here's the description and map.

April 15 - meet at the parking lot at LSCR

Routes: Short (10k) - description and map

              Long (17k) - description and map

April 8 - meet @ 8:30 at Berkley Ave and Hyannis Dr.

Routes: Short (9 km) - description and map

               Long (15 km) - description and map

April 1 - meet at 8:30 at the parking lot off of Peters Rd

Routes:Short (7km) - description and map

             Long (15km) - description and map

March 25 - meet at the Old Buck Parking lot off Anne Macdonald Way @ 8:30!

Routes: Short (7km) - description and map

              Long (12km) - description and map

March 18:

NOTE 1: meet at Forerunners (980 Marine Drive) for an 8:30 a.m. start. After initial talk, we'll carpool to the run start.

NOTE 2: Due to trail closures near the suspension Bridge, we will have a light change in course.

             Routes: Short (6.5k) - description and map

                           Long (10km) - description and map

Clinic photos.

Clinic Refund Policy

  • On the first day of the clinic, if you think that trail running is not for you, we offer a full refund. Or, if you are injured for 50% or more sessions in a trail clinic, you are entitled to attend another trail clinic of the same kind (for example, you can attend another Short Course clinic if you are currently enrolled in a Short Course clinic).