Have you considered getting into trail running or hiking, but didn’t know where to start, or were apprehensive about venturing out onto the trails alone? Big River Unpaved is a FREE, fun, friendly, and first-class training program for runners and walkers of all abilities. This program is geared for people new to hiking or trail running, looking for a fun, social, and supportive atmosphere in which to venture out into the outdoors. Our trail excursions will be supported by guides who will help you “stay found” and share knowledge about trail etiquette and technique. Our trail excursions will help make hitting the trails more comfortable and accessible by providing comradery and education in a fun, social, and supportive atmosphere.

The spring/summer Unpaved season will run from May 5 through June 30, 2024.

Registration will open in april

"It was so great to get out on the trails - I needed the community support to motivate me."

"I liked that this group got me to try trails. Something I would not have done on my own!"


WHEN: Sunday mornings at 7:30 a.m. from May 5 through June 30; and Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. from May 9 through June 27.

WHERE: We will run and hike on various trails throughout the St. Louis metro area. Some of these trails will be a 30-60 minute drive from the city and mid-county. The location schedule will be shared with registered participants.

WHY: Hiking and trail running are fun! Our experienced Guides are looking forward to sharing their love of the outdoors, and helping you become more comfortable and confident on the trails.

HOW: We will run and hike in various groups to accommodate different paces. This program is BEGINNER FRIENDLY and is geared toward those newer to trail running/hiking or looking to become more confident on the trails.

A weekly newsletter will keep participants informed and share educational content.

Age Requirements - For safety reasons, we cannot accommodate unaccompanied minors. Those under 18 must be accompanied by (running/hiking with) their guardian for the duration of any trail excursion.

We will have both running and hiking groups to accommodate a variety of paces.

Most groups will have multiple Guides. Our friendly and passionate Guides will help you "stay found," share their knowledge, and help you become more confident on the trails.

"I loved that all availability levels were included and the guides were awesome."

"I learned a lot, the guides were super helpful and very knowledgeable."

"All of the guides I met were great! It was nice to not have to worry about where to go. I could focus on my footing, the scenery, and myself to make it to the finish."

"I really enjoyed just being outside with people that shared the same interests, even though most of our hikes were in unfavorable weather conditions, we showed up and still had a great time."

Important Dates

Saturday, April 13: Big River Unpaved multi-brand demo event at Queeny Park

Sunday, May 5: First Sunday morning trail excursion

Thursday, May 9: First Thursday evening trail outing

May 12: Deadline to purchase a shirt

REgistration will open in april

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Thanks For Your Support!