Running

Mammoth Lakes is a playground for every athlete. One of the best ways to explore and appreciate this amazing place is to put on your running shoes and head out on the many trails. There is such a variety of terrain and topography, which isn't just vertical feet, but endless possibilities in every direction. Running in Mammoth Lakes is ideal for elite world-class runners like members of the Mammoth Track Club, but also for recreational runners that can take more time to enjoy the views and beauty of the town of Mammoth Lakes and the surrounding area. Many High School and College Cross Country Running Teams also descend upon Mammoth each summer for high altitude training.

Mammoth Track Club

Running in Mammoth Lakes is ideal for elite world-class runners like members of the Mammoth Track Club, but also for recreational runners that can take more time to enjoy the views and beauty of the town of Mammoth Lakes and the surrounding area. The Town of Mammoth Lakes is a proud sponsor of the Mammoth Track Club. Founded in 2001, Mammoth Track Club is the top-ranked long-distance running group in America. The creation of this elite team is a joint effort of two world-renowned coaches, Joe Vigil & Bob Larsen, with financial and administrative backing from Running USA. The mission of the group is to return US distance running to the dominant force it was in the 1970s and 1980s. In the 2004 Athens Olympics, two team members won medals in the marathon, a silver for Meb Keflezighi and a bronze for Deena Kastor. In the five years since then, Coach Terrence Mahon and Mammoth Track Club have continued to re-establish the United States as a powerhouse among the world leaders in distance running.