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Trail running is fast becoming the next big fitness trend. An outdoor participation report in 2013 from the Outdoor Foundation detailed that the numbers of trail runners in the United States grew from 4.5 million in 2006, to more than 6 million in 2012.
At the same time, the number of trail races in the United States has increased 29% between 2010 and 2012 (ATRA data). Trail running is poised to become one of the most popular outdoor sports in the United States. There is no doubt trail running is sexy!
2018 marks the sixth annual US Trail Running Conference, the inaugural event taking place in June 2013, moving to a Fall time slot since 2014, returning to a summer slot this year. 2018 will be the first year that the Conference has taken place outside of it’s initial home, Estes Park, Colorado, moving to San Luis Obispo, in California, and partnering with Race SLO, and the SLO Ultra.
The 2018 US Trail Running Conference covers 2 and a half days dedicated to all things trail running. The first 2 days (Wednesday August 29 to Friday August 31) are focused for Trail Race Directors, combining interactive sessions covering specific subjects critical to holding successful, viable races that are also kind to our environment. Top guest Race Directors and experts from a variety of support organizations form speaker panels that respond to the most requested questions on challenges facing Trail Race Directors. A full expo also features a variety of vendors and service providers specifically for Trail Race Directors.
The final afternoon, Friday August 31, is dedicated to Trail Runners, with guest speaker panels on a wide variety of related subjects, star athletes, interactive workshops, a full expo with trail running products and demo opportunities, and much more.
The Conference also features promoting awareness as well as fund raising initiatives for ATRA (American Trail Running Association), with a variety of prizes up for grabs.
This unique event is a wonderful opportunity to learn, network, and talk about all things trail running. We have a lot of fun, with trail runners participating from all across the US, The Azores, Brazil, Canada, and Iceland!
Registration opens January 1, 2018, and we look forward to you joining us for the annual celebration of trail running!