We are appreciative of our relationships with the following organizations who help us in our mission to promote positive trail running culture by encouraging people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds to be active on the trails.
Department of Conservation and Recreation
The Department of Conservation and Recreation is a state agency of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, United States, situated in the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. DCR manages state parks and oversees more than 450,000 acres throughout Massachusetts. Many of the events on the TARC calendar are hosted on DCR managed land.
Hale Education manages 1,000+ acres of land in Westwood and Dover, Massachusetts, and hosts year round educational programs on their property. Hale connects people from all walks of life with the outdoors, inviting generations of explorers to enjoy and protect the natural environment. From students to campers to dog walkers to artists, Hale empowers people by giving them the resources and space needed to learn. TARC hosts February's TARCtic Frozen Yeti and March's TARC To Hale and Back from the Powissett Lodge at Hale, and supports the organization's work with the proceeds from both events.
Friends of the Blue Hills
The Friends of the Blue Hills (FBH) is devoted to preserving and protecting the Blue Hills Reservation's natural beauty, diverse natural habitats and many recreational opportunities. TARC has been hosting group runs on the trails of Blue Hills Reservation for decades, as well as the TARC Don't Run Boston every April since 1997 and the TARC Blue Hills Skyline Trail Run since 2007. The club has also partnered with Friends of the Blue Hills for trail cleanup volunteering opportunities throughout the year.
Northeast Runners Alliance (NeRA)
Northeast Runners Alliance (NeRA) is an alliance of road and trail runners from around the Northeastern United States, who aims to build and connect a community centered around running that encourages engagement and collaboration, stewardship, and responsible use of shared spaces.
All In Trails Collective
The All In Trail Collective is composed of nine trail running coaches looking to develop the next generation of trail runners. They offer a 1:1 coaching scholarship for 18 to 20 athletes and a broader online community of young athletes interested in trail running. This scholarship is meant to support younger adult runners who are looking to develop into competitive trail, ultramarathon or Fastest Known Time focused athletes. TARC supports their work by providing complimentary and discounted race entries to participants in their program.
Pride on Foot
Pride on Foot works with run groups, race directors, and fitness organizations who want to understand how to be more accepting and inclusive of Transgender, Genderqueer Intersex, Gender non conforming, and Non binary people. Through education and policy changes they create affirming, inviting, and safe spaces where everyone can be free to workout while living an authentic life. TARC is proud to partner with them for the entire event calendar and to also host collaborative group runs with their organization.
Trail Sisters mission is to increase women’s participation and opportunity in trail running and hiking through inspiration, education and empowerment. All TARC events are Trail Sisters Approved. The commitment includes, when applicable, equal podium spots, equal prize money & awards, women’s specific swag & apparel, menstrual products at aid station porta potties, and equal opportunity/space for women on the starting line.
USATF Youth Trail
To raise awareness of trail races among young runners and increase participation, the American Trail Running Association has partnered with the USATF MUT Youth Initiative to create a “Youth Trail” certified program for race directors. TARC is one of the early adopters of their program, and offers discounted entries across all distances of their events for youth 19 years old or under. TARC has also started hosting free youth fun runs at several events for athletes 15 years old or under.