In 2012 Scott & Kelly Searcy found their way back to NE Iowa, chasing pursuits in using their passion to help guide people to better lives through exercise. That would eventually lead to their business, Body Logics, but it was in those earlier years of exploration that Scott discovered Decorah’s extensive soft trail (single track) system. He also found a love for trail running, and helping others experience this awesome local resource. He got involved in the trails community, met up with several volunteers who were involved with Decorah Human Powered Trails, and found a love for spending time running in the woods.
Kelly and Scott also have 4 amazing daughters, so when the NE Iowa Montessori school was looking for a new fundraising project in 2014, the Searcy Family brought the idea of a trail race to the table. That was the beginning of The Crater Trail Run - a highly anticipated annual race for endurance runners from across the mid-west and beyond. Although the event has grown over the years, the community vibe stands strong – with a 1 mile kids race, a 5k and 10k option, as well as a 25k and 50k option. The event is now even recognized as part of the No Coast Trail Series - a loosely organized annual circuit of trail running events across Iowa.
Check out our conversation, and also how this event supports NE Iowa Montessori, Decorah Human Powered Trails, and Decorah Parks & Recreation.
Also a big shout out to the Decorah Hatchery for being one of the major prize sponsors of the Crater Trail Run. Stop by and say “howdy” to the fantastic crew at the Decorah Hatchery for all of your outdoor gear needs!
Rhymes With Decorah is a companion project of Inspire(d) Media.
Original music heard in this podcast performed and recorded by Nick Zielinski of Decorah. Find him on Instagram @indicative_of_drumming
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