After five years of coaching at Rogue Running, Erik Stanley, 29, branched out on his own this year to launch his Trail Roots running group.The roots are spreading fast. The group’s focus is off-road, something Stanley grew to love while running mountains in Colorado. Now he’s passing that get-lost-in-the-woods passion on to other runners, who gather each week for track and hill workouts, plus long weekend scampers on the greenbelt.“Getting out in woods is a way to detach from your phone and traffic,” he says. “There’s also the community aspect of it. People are always watching out for each other on the trail.”But he’s not just coaching. The former University of Texas All-American scored wins both on- and off-road in 2014, including the 3M Half Marathon, the Distance Challenge, the Angelfire Endurance Half Marathon, the Bandera 25K and the Turkey Trot.In 2015, he’s planning Trail Roots expeditions to races including the Big Bend Ultra, Pike’s Peak Ascent and the Leadville Trail Marathon. He’s also plotting to create a new trail race right here in Central Texas.
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