About TARC


The Trail Animals Running Club (TARC) is the original trail running club of the Boston-metro area. Founded in the 1990s, the club’s membership consists of men and women, who enjoy and participate in the sport of ultrarunning and trail runs. Members are from all over the United States with a concentration of runners in New England, Upstate New York and Canada.

Many members get together on weekends to run trails or compete in and/or organize trail running events. Our “home base” is the Blue Hills Reservation in Milton, Ma. Members also run on trails in western, southern and northern suburbs of Boston including our second “home” in the Middlesex Fells in Stoneham, MA – and increasingly we have running groups forming in all New England states.

In 1997, TARC sponsored it’s first ultra event – Don’t Run Boston 50K (“DRB”), held in the Blue Hills, led by race director, Howie Brienan and has run annually ever since on the 3rd Sunday in April, a day before the Boston Marathon. Originally it was meant to be an “alternative” run to the highly commercial pavement pounding Boston Marathon but more and more members have raced DRB and then used the Marathon as a “warm down” the following day. In 2011 we introduced the TARC Trail Series, a group of 10 trail races of varying distances from 10K to 100 Miles.

Membership is free and the trail humor is priceless. We welcome anyone who is interested in trail running to join and come run with us. Join us here!

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