Trail Runner’s System

Want to experience the adventure of trail running but don’t know where to start?

Start Trail Running The Right Way.

Gain the Skills to Conquer Any Trail, Anywhere in the World, and Most Importantly … Have a Lot of Fun.

IMG_4456Hi, I’m Doug Hay, a trail runner and coach with experience in trail races ranging for 5k to 100 miles. That’s me in the photo with my wife Katie, just moments after running over 102 miles at the Black Mountain Monster 24 hour race.

When it comes to trail running, I’ve come a long way since those early days. Like you, I started out running and training on roads, but they left me burnt out, injured, and bored. Even after the excitement of a few road marathons, I couldn’t get myself to keep a consistent training schedule.

That’s when an old roommate suggested I try running on trails.

I remember my first trail run. I was standing at the trail head, debating whether or not to turn around and go home. As I stared down the dirt path that snaked deep into my local park, all these terrifying thoughts swirled through my head. Am I really about to run on this terrain by myself? What if I shatter my leg on a rock and can’t get out. What if I get lost and end up completely confused? What if a bear gets me?

Thankfully, this park didn’t see many bears, but that fear was still there. I did trip and fall during that run, but I made it out with little more than a scrap.

And you know what? That one run changed my life forever.

When it comes to trail running, does that fear of the unknown sound familiar? Are you too intimidated by the trails, the terrain, or the distance to give trail or ultra running a try?

If you’re anything like the runners who contact me on a daily basis, you really want to experience the adventure and joy of trail running, or maybe even run an ultramarathon, but there’s something holding you back. You don’t know how to start.

What Others Have to Say About Working with Doug

ian“I’m 58, live in equatorial SE Asia and thought I’d reached my peak as a runner which was sort of pathetic after only 2 ½ years, working with Doug as a coach has completely turned that around. Im running with confidence and cant wait for the Mt. Ijen trail run in May and then the super technical Vietnam Mountain Marathon in September. Just get on board with Doug, you wont regret it.” – Ian Davey, Bali


karen“I am just starting to discover what achievements are possible for me in the ultra/trail running world, thanks in large part to Doug’s coaching, encouragement, and unwavering support. My confidence ebbs and flows based on what I am facing in the moment but Doug remains steadfastly focused on the bigger picture, and what I need to do to stay on track and get to Leadville prepped and injury free. I am incredibly thankful.” Karen Clarke, Pennsylvania


mallory“After hiring Doug as my coach, I’ve seen progress in so many areas! I’ve gotten stronger on the trails, increased my mileage and have had more motivation than before. He’s easily accessible and gets back to me quickly whenever I have a question.” Mallory Billings-Litke, Rhode Island


jamie“I’ve loved working with Doug as a coach to get me to a new place in my running. He’s worked with me to properly train for new distances and situations – be it a mountainous race or longer distance than I’ve ever run. Working with Doug allows me to focus on my running itself, instead of having to think – and overthink – what I should be doing at any point in race prep.” — Jaime Zaplatosch, Illinois


paul“A year and a half ago I could barely run 2 miles, so I set myself a crazy goal: run a marathon. Doug Hay gave me the tools I needed to become a runner and believed that I would cross that finish line. Doug’s balance of encouragement, strategy, and accountability was just right. His coaching led me to one of my biggest accomplishments: I ran my first marathon last month in just under 4 hours. I am planning to run my second this fall.” – Paul Gwynn Garrity, Georgia

5 Ways Trail Running Can Transform Your Life

Trail running is changing lives. That might sound a little bold for me to say, but it’s true. I’ve experienced it change mine, and I see how running trails is changing the lives of others all the time.

Here are just a few ways it could change yours:

  1. Prevent your next big injury.
  2. Push you well beyond old limits to discover what you can really do.
  3. Introduce you to an enthusiastic and welcoming community.
  4. Allow you to race ultramarathons and adventure races.
  5. Reinvigorate your running, and better connect you to your surroundings.

That’s right, all from just running trails. How you take advantage of the opportunities trail running opens could be even greater.

But there’s one giant mistake too many runners are making. They never get started.

For whatever reason, maybe because they’re scared of the unknown, the perceived risks, or the new challenges, many runners never actually start running trails. No one wants to admit that they’re that person, but I’m going to ask … Are you?

If you want to incorporating trail running into your training, or maybe even run a trail marathon or ultramarathon, there’s no better time to start than today.

The Trail Runner’s System: It’s time to become a trail and ultra running badass

I remember when I first started out running trails. It took me months to get comfortable venturing past a tiny 3 mile loop near my house. Simply put, I had no idea what I was doing.

My first trail race? Well, I’ll spare you the gory details, but my first 50k ultramarathon (which happened to be my first trail race) was a complete disaster. So many mistakes that, had I known better, were completely avoidable.

You don’t have to learn the hard way

I’ve spent months perfecting the Trail Runner’s System so that you don’t have to make the same mistakes I did. You can bypass all the fear and disaster, and go straight to becoming the badass trail or ultra runner that you want to become.

This system was designed to start where you are now, and arm you with all the tools and know-how to complete your trail or ultra running goals.

Are you just coming off your first half marathon and want to jump in to trail running for the first time? Are you an experienced shorter distance trail runner looking to tackle your first trail marathon or ultramarathon? I, and an army of experts who contributed to this system, have you covered.

What’s Included in the Trail Runner’s System

logo-sign-2The Trail Runner’s System isn’t an ebook or an audio series. It’s a course designed for you to work through at your own pace. All runners are different, and we all face our own challenges. This system is designed to be accessible to each runner’s needs.

So What Do I Get?

The Trail Runner’s System Course

After joining the Trail Runner’s System, you’ll gain instant access to the heart of the system, a series of units and lessons covering everything you need to know about trail and ultra running. Each unit consists of a number of lessons with video and audio advice from myself and the expert team.

Here are just some of the units included:

  • Trail Running 101: Covering everything from the benefits of trail running to what trail gear is worth your money. This unit is designed to remove your fear of the unknown and make you comfortable with facing the new challenges and obstacles.
  • Start Training For Your Dream Race: Training is all about choosing the right race, knowing how and when to work hard, and staying motivated throughout the process. Here we not only make sure you pick out the perfect race for you, but arm you with training plans and a proven training strategy.
  • Injuries and Injury Prevention: Injury has become common place in running, but it doesn’t have to be. With the prevention and rehab techniques outlined in this unit, including a unique yoga class designed for trail runners, you’ll be running injury free in no time.
  • Nutrition for (Trail) Runners: Nutrition is often overlooked by runners, but how you eat before, during, and after a race or long run can have a massive impact on your effort and recovery. With the help of a dietitian and elite ultrarunner, this unit outlines not only how to eat around your workout, but what strategy you should take with your everyday diet. Don’t worry, no special or fad diet required.
  • Racing Basics and Strategies: Not sure what to expect at a trail race or ultramarathon? It’ll be different than your recent road races, I can guarantee you that. This unit prepares you for all those differences, and how to perfect race travel, logistics, pacing strategies, and what to do when things go wrong.

Training Videos (3+ Hours)

video-displayMost lessons include video presentations along with the notes and text to help aid your learning. How much video? Over 3 hours of video lessons.

The videos include expert interviews, easy to follow presentations, and drills and demos.

Expert Audio Interviews (4:30+ Hours)

My favorite part about this system is all the voices included, not only in the lessons, but also through the complete interviews. The Trail Runner’s System taps in to the knowledge of 11 different runners, each with a unique background and perspective. The list includes elite ultrarunners winning some of the world’s most prestigious ultramarathons, to everyday mid-packers who know the challenges and benefits of moving from the roads to the trails firsthand.

All told, it’s more than 4:30 hours worth of interviews. Just upload them to your iPad or phone, and you can listen on the run, commute, or whenever you like to listen to audio.

Who are these 11 experts? Take a look for yourself:


Training Plans to Fit Your Needs (10 Unique Plans)

As part of the system, you’ll gain full access to a library of training plans designed to fit your needs as a runner. With each distance, you can choose between a “High Mileage” plan and a “Low Mileage” option. Both will prepare you to cross the finish line, but it’s up to you how much effort you want to put in to getting there.

Distances include:

  • Base Building Plans (8 Weeks)
  • Half Marathon Plans (16 Weeks)
  • Marathon Plans (16 Weeks)
  • 50k Plans (20 Weeks)
  • 50 Mile Plans (24 Weeks)

All training plans are delivered through Rock Creek Runner’s unique, interactive tracker, created to help you better understand your training in real time.

Access to the Private Community

Part of what makes trail or ultra running so unique is the community. So, when designing the Trail Runner’s System, it was important to me that all members can work together.

After joining the system, you’ll gain access to a private Trail Runner’s System Facebook group, just for members. It’s here that you can hold each other accountable, brag about a big training run, and announce to your fellow runners that you just signed up for a race. We’ll support each other, answer questions, and provide a unique sense of community.

Ultra_Cover_3dBonus 1: Discover Your Ultramarathon eBook ($24 Value)

The Discover Your Ultramarathon eBook system was designed for new trail runners looking to transition to run their first ultramarathon. Over the past two years, this eBook has helped hundreds of runners successfully run their first 50k or 50 mile ultramarathon. For a limited time, it’s yours free when you purchase the Trail Runner’s System.

It’s a great compliment to the information already part of the Trail Runner’s System

Bonus 2: Busy Runner Routine ($9 Value)

The Busy Runner Routine is a 4-week course designed to help you establish a consistent, efficient running routine that fits your busy schedule. It includes 5 modules and 15 lessons, 4-week training plans, and goal setting worksheets.

Sounds great, but who is it for?

The Trail Runner’s System is designed for anyone who wants to transition to trails or ultra running. I know that’s pretty broad, so let me be more specific. I truly believe runners of all levels will benefit from this program, but I specifically had 3 categories of runners in mind when planning out the units and lessons:

  1. Regular everyday runners completely new to trails, in need of the very basics.
  2. Runners already familiar with trail running, but ready to step up to their first trail marathon or 50k.
  3. Someone who’s already run a 50k ultramarathon, and wants to improve on their skills and tackle a 50 mile ultramarathon.

My promise is to get you from a road half marathon to a trail marathon or 50k or 50 mile ultra. If you’re already running marathons, this is the perfect system to help you transition into ultramarathons.

No trail running experience is required.

And finally, if you don’t want to run an ultramarathon? No problem. All of the principles included in the Trail Runner’s System can be used for shorter distance trail running and races, including marathons, half marathons, and solo trail adventures.

Which Trail Runner’s System Option is Right For You?

Trail Runner's System Membership
Full Member Most Popular
Full Member + Coaching
The Course: 8 Units - The heart of the System
Videos: 3+ hrs
Expert Audio Interviews: 4:30+ hrs
10 Training Plans: 13.1 to 50 mile
Private Facebook Community
Weekly Office Hours (1 year)
Run Trails Sticker ($5 value)
Discover Your Ultramarathon eBook ($24 value)
4 Discover Your Ultramarathon Interviews, including elite runners and coaches
Busy Runner Routine 4-Week Course ($9 Value)
One-On-One Coaching
Custom Training Plans
Coaching Calls (3): 30 minutes each
Email Support: Email me anytime
Special One Time Pricing:


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Look, I know trying something like trail running, or trying for your first trail race, isn’t going to happen over night. You need to spend time with it, and see what you think. That’s why I’m giving you the extended 90 day money-back guarantee.

I’m so confident you’ll love the Trail Runner’s System that this guarantee is a no-brainer.

If you’re not happy with the system, then I don’t want you to pay for it. Just let me know within 90 days of purchase, and I’ll give you a full refund.

No questions asked. No BS runarounds. If you’re not happy, I’m not happy.

So let’s get going, shall we?

Jamie“Rock Creek Runner has always been an invaluable resource”

“From trail running to training tips, Rock Creek Runner has always been an invaluable resource to me. I didn’t even consider doing an ultra marathon until I discovered this website and read Doug’s e-book.”
– Jamie Corey of Run the District


Questions about the Trail Runner’s System? Just email me at and I’ll get back to you myself.