About Us

The Burly Trail Runners are headquartered in the Hamilton and Burlington area of Ontario where most of our running occurs. However our runners span from all over much of Southern Ontario as we like to travel outside our network on Burly Field Trips and welcome runners from different areas to join us locally. Our mission is to create a place for all runners to connect, with each other and with other running crews.

We’re an inclusive group and welcome runners of all abilities. Within the Burlies you’ll find every kind of runner from those new to running on the trails, to those ultra runners who win their races. But most of us are mid-pack runners just looking to connect with other runners and have some fun. You’ll always have someone to run with in the Burlies.

We host weekly Tempo Tuesday & Social Thursday evening runs in the Burlington area and have an active Facebook Group to organise runs throughout the week. On Saturdays we run with the MEC Meet-up Trail Group at various locations throughout Hamilton and Burlington. See the MEC meet-up page for more details on Thursday & Saturday run locations.

What Makes A Burly

There’s no one way to describe a Burly Trail Runner. We have every kind of trail runner running every kind of pace and distance. From stroller parents to ultra runners to our day time crew and our night owls. We have runners who can explain every single trail in the area in great detail and come up with crazy beautiful routes for you in an instant; to runners who are always so hopelessly lost on trails, even the ones they run on every week. We have runners training for every kind of distance to those that never race. We have triathletes and adventure racers. We have the Burly Trail Riders and the Burly Paddlers.

With all these different people there’s one thing we all have in common. We’re incredibly proud of each and every Burly. Just find us at a local event going crazy waving our flag every time we see that blue Burly Bear shirt flying through the finish.

Want to be a Burly? Call yourself a Burly. There, now you’re a Burly.

Then join our Facebook Group to keep in touch with what’s going on.

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Trail Talk Tuesday – The Enchantments Trail, Washington

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Trail Talk Tuesday – Bon Echo Provincial Park

For this months Trail Talk Tuesday we are bringing you to Bon Echo Provincial Park in Eastern Ontario! Distance – Up to 33.5Km when you complete the full Abes & Essens Loop Trail (17.1K) + Shield Trail (4.8K) + High Pines (1.4K) trail from the Main Beach Area in the Campground. Many Opportunities to run … Continue reading Trail Talk Tuesday – Bon Echo Provincial Park

Trail Talk Tuesday – Letchworth State Park, NY

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