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Date Event Temescal Canyon Meeting Time Trail Head Start Time Distance
Nov 27 33rd Annual TRC Club Turkey Trot Fun Run--Meet at Santa Ynez Trail Head--DO NOT MEET AT THE HIGH SCHOOL DO NOT MEET AT THE HIGH SCHOOL--GO TO THE TRAILHEAD 7:00 9.5mi

Meeting Time

The standard meeting time on Temescal Canyon Road at the Palisades High School track is:

6:15 AM

(leaving for the trailhead at 6:30am SHARP!)

See the Run with us page for directions and map.  For trailhead meeting times please see the schedule.  Some special events may have earlier meeting times.

16 hours 42 min ago
33rd TRC Turkey Trot Fun Run
3 weeks 4 days ago
The Old Goat Beats Us to the Top--Sept. 14th Sunday
10 weeks 1 day ago
INKnBURN Mommas are in the TransRockies
14 weeks 6 days ago
Busch Drive/ Zuma Canyon
24 weeks 2 days ago

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The Trail Runners Club meets every Sunday morning in Pacific Palisades to run one of many courses throughout the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains. We run primarily on trails and fireroads. If you live in or are visiting the Los Angeles area and enjoy running in natural settings with great people, you will love the Trail Runners Club. For more detailed information about our runs refer to the Run With Us page.

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Fellow Trail Runners,

33rd TRC Turkey Trot Fun Run


The TRC 33rd Annual Turkey Trot is fast approaching, so mail your registration by November 24th.  The event will meet Thanksgiving Day at 6:30 AM and we will start running at 7:00 AM. After some post-run refreshments, your day will still have your appetite to be back in plenty of time to enjoy Thanksgiving Day.

Our event is not to be confused with the Topanga Turkey Trot which will occur the same day. Our course will be marked with orange flour arrows.  See the attached flyer and has the details.

Presented by Trail Runners Club, a California nonprofit corporation for the benefit of the trail running community at no cost to participants.  This is not a race, but rather an exciting and scenic 9.5 mile trail run. It's a loop course, starting and finishing at the same location. The first mile is through a beautiful green canopied canyon, followed by scenic stretches on meandering fire roads with an elevation gain of 1400 feet. Carry water, there is none on the course. No walkers, dogs, t-shirts or aid stations. Rain cancels. Refreshments served at the finish.

Directions: From the Santa Monica Freeway, (Interstate 10), drive north 4 miles on PCH to Sunset Boulevard. Drive 0.3 miles east on Sunset to Palisades Drive. Turn left onto Palisades Drive and continue up the hill for 2.4 miles. Turn left just past the small restaurant onto Vereda de la Montura and park or park on Palisades Drive. Please do not park on Michael Lane. This is a residential area... please approach the area quietly and keep the noise down.

If any club members are available to volunteer helping during the event, please contact Ernie at  No matter what you volunteer for, you'll still be able to run!

The Old Goat Beats Us to the Top--Sept. 14th Sunday

Old Goat at the Top

Mt. Baldy with blue skies was a gorgeous Sunday.  We coursed a wonderful loop planned by Ann.  It was a great  short-cut to the top of Mt. Baldy (less than 4 miles).  Launching at the start at 6,000 ft. elevation, it was shaded and cool to Mt. Baldy at 10,064 ft.  Thinking Andy was going to be the first at the top, he was surprised that the Old Goat was there first.  Then some of us took pictures and then we ran the last 8 miles of the joy--All downhill and with the tremendous views.  I wish you could have been there.

INKnBURN Mommas are in the TransRockies

Stage 6 2014


The  "TransRockies run" has started the 120 mile/six days race in the high country of the Colorado Rocky Mountains from August 12 through August 17.  We are very proud of TRC members Ann and Skye teaming up in the Team 80+ WOMEN division.  The total experience will span 120 miles in 6 days with 20,000 ft gain elevation.  As you can see the smiles of Ann and Skye beaming there positive aura in the INKnBURN Mommas.

Grand Canyon 2014--Memorial Weekend

The Trail Runners had a successful expedition the last Memorial Weekend to the Grand Canyon. The planning of the Club's trip was methodically carried out perfectly, and thank you Ann for all your exacting work. With the van commuting us from LA to the Grand Canyon, to the opposite Rim and back and also the return to LA, could not have been possible with the IronMan Art. He drove the van for more than 26 hours this weekend and Art drove flawlessly and returned us safely--He is the best! Many of our runners ran from the North Rim to the South Rim (24+ miles), but some of the Trail Runners even double crossed the span (44 miles) from South to North to South, embarking around 4 AM. The weather could not have been any better. The thunderstorms abated before our day, and the Rims were almost 50 degrees in the morning, and the inner canyon was only the  low 80's in the day. With the R2Rers, the delightful coasting from the North Rim treated us with magnificent views of the canyon, and we had a treat on the slight diversion to Ribbon Falls--and it was well worth it. The Phantom Ranch refreshed us with cold lemonade before crossing the river and starting up to the Indian Garden and then up 4.6 miles to the South Rim. During the last 3 miles to the finish, several of the runners were singing in unison Aretha Franklin's lyrics, "And it hurts like hell, That's the way it feels". Of Course, the R2R2Rs experienced the double glee and the double discomfort of us. Anyhow, I can't describe what we experienced, so just look at the pics on the Photos/Event Photos/Grand Canyon 2014 section, and imagine how we loved it. -----Ernie

Running Shoes Donated to Peru

Thanks Trail Runners Club--Coupling with Desy Reinstein, of Andes Adventures, we had a very successful collection of running shoes donated to Peru. The Peruvian porters will really appreciate the running shoes. Desy organizes trips to Machu Picchu, Patagonia, and the Galapagos Islands. He is taking another trip in August, so if you have any running shoes for donations, just bring them to any Sunday morning run. Women's shoes are encouraged too, since Peruvian feet tend to be smaller than our counterparts.

Thanks again members,

Bob Peitzke's Passing

Hello Trail Runners,

I am so sorry to tell you that our good friend Bob Peitzke has passed suddenly yesterday. Those of us who knew Bob, will sorely miss him. Corey, Bob's son-in-law, has graciously communicated us that Bob's life in celebration will be at St. Matthews Church in Pacific Palisades May 3rd at 1 PM.

In Peace,


Truly A Day for Thanksgiving

As usual, the rain gods halted the impending rain for a beautiful Thanksgiving Day on our 9.5 mile run from the Santa Ynez trailhead. It was so good to see our friends running, chatting, eating and hugging.  Stan appeared at the finish of the 32nd Annual Turkey Trot.  How much better can it get any better? 

Of course we were very thankful for the plentiful year and next year should be very exciting with our upcoming schedule. 


Montana de Oro Weekend--DON'T MISS THE WEEKEND NOV. 15-17

Montana de Oro

Don't let your opportunity slipping away from the weekend of November 15-17 with the exciting club event in Cayucos.    Driving from Friday afternoon, you drive north about 3 1/2 hours to  the seaside city of Cayucos at Shoreline Inn on the beach ($109/day)--You have to call the hotel directly for the "Hot Winter Special" at (800) 549-2244.  Saturday we caravan south (14 miles/22 minutes) to Montana de Oro, running a 15-mile loop  from Spooner's Cove.  Many centuries ago the Chumash  Indians lived near and used many of these same trails.   Average November temps are 69/49, then after the run,  we can retreat to Morro Bay to get a bowl of hot chowder before returning to our Cayucos hotel.  There is a very, very nice restaurant across from the hotel.  The next morning, just north of town,  we can run for an out and back run along the beach/bluff, and there is plenty of room to shower and check-out.  For breakfast before going home, you could eat at Cayucos or drive 15 miles north to the picturesque village Cambria.  Also, if any members would like to camp, Morro Bay State Park is also an option.

Trembling with excitement,

Stan--a Fitting Tribute

Come out and meet us all to celebrate Stan's 25 years of directing the Trail Runners Club. We will have brunch together Sunday September 15th, 11:00am at the Wolf Creek Restaurant, 26787 Agoura Rd., Calabasas, CA 91302. Stan Swartz founded the Trail Runners Club in 1988. Through his club, for 25 years, he hosted a run every Sunday morning on the beautiful trails in the Santa Monica Mountains. He created wonderful club courses and bundled them together in his well known book "50 Trail Runs in Southern California". He directed the Sunday runs and the many special event runs. For most of us, the Trail Runners Club was our first introduction to trail running and these wonderful trails. We want to thank our founder and celebrate his years of hard work and dedication, and for setting the trend in the expansive trail runners community we know now. Thank you -- Stan Swartz -- Director Emeritus.

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