Summit Running Club looks to get moving |

Summit Running Club looks to get moving

Geoff Mintz
summit daily news

Running is always easier if you have a little motivation to get going. Now, Summit County has an outlet for people looking for that edge or simply want to enjoy hitting the trails in a more social way.

The Summit Running Club got started last year and fizzled out a little bit over the summer, perhaps because the trail running series took its place. Heading into the fall season, they’re looking to take the record turnout for the series and parlay that into the twice-per-week club.

The gathering will cater to all types of runners (track and trail alike), but will mostly focus on trail running and the outdoors. Participants of all levels are welcome.

The crew currently meets at Summit High School on Tuesday evenings and at Carter Park on Saturday mornings. This Saturday is favorite race t-shirt day with runners meeting at 8 a.m. wearing their all-time best race T-shirt. (If you don’t have any race T-shirts, don’t sweat it.)

“We’ve had a good turnout and we’re looking for people to come out again,” said club organizer Darren Brungart. “Beginners to advance runners are welcome. We’ll take anybody. We just want to start promoting running up at Summit County and keep things going from such a successful trail running series.”

The Club is free to anyone who wants to participate, and the camaraderie is great for people who need a little extra motivation to lace up those running shoes.

“I think running with people is really fun, and it keeps you motivated,” he said. “You know those days when you just don’t want to get out of bed and you want to stay inside and not do anything? If you have a running club, it can really motivate you to get out there.”

He said sometimes runners can get the stigma as isolationists and as being anti-social, but with a running club, people can really open up and be social about running. There is also a lot of dialog between the runners in terms of gear and training, which leads to success out on the trails.

“People can bounce ideas off of one another, and it can be a nice open forum for people to go through and have fun,” he said.

The club plans to run all the way until the snow hits, at which point it will transform into a snowshoe running club. For more information, get in touch with Darren Brungart at (970) 227-9452 or shoot him an email at

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

As a Summit Daily News reader, you make our work possible.

Now more than ever, your financial support is critical to help us keep our communities informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having on our residents and businesses. Every contribution, no matter the size, will make a difference.

Your donation will be used exclusively to support quality, local journalism.

For tax deductible donations, click here.

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User