I wanted to give a shout out! to a pretty new group of trail runners out there. (Well, the group is new, some runners are new, but many are experienced runners.)
This would be the Central Ohio Trail Runners.
From their web site: "COTR's mission is to support and promote the trail running community of Central Ohio. We host informal trail runs throughout the year, at a variety of parks througout Central Ohio. Our goal is to have a signature trail race as soon as 2011 - we hope to have more details on this soon. We also plan to give back by volunteering at and supporting other great races in the area as well as doing trail work to improve the trails in Central Ohio. COTR charges no membership fee but if you would like one of our cool GET DIRTY shirts it will only set you back $10 - sizes are limited."
It's nice to see trail runners coming out of the "dirt" so to speak. It seemed like to me there was an awful lot of road runners around Columbus. But there seems to be a good group of trail runners who are now starting to connect with one another.
COTR also has a Facebook page too. So if you are around the central Ohio area, looking for some folks to run trails with, check out the pages. There's fast people (like race winners!) to run with, and back of the packers (like me) to run with.
I'm glad of the option of more loosely organized groups of trail runners. It's much easier to plan an out of town run with a date announced in the future. I plan on hosting a trail run over my way, at Salt Fork State Park, for the COTR. Check them out!