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!
This is the fifth annual US Trail Running Conference, the inaugural event taking place in June 2013, moving to a Fall time slot since 2014.
The 2017 US Trail Running Conference covers 3 and a half days dedicated to all things trail running. The first 2 and a half days (Wednesday October 11 to Friday October 13) 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.
On Friday evening, October 13, our Trail Running Film Festival takes place at the Reel Mountain Theater in downtown Estes Park – check out details on the movies on show at this link.
The final day, Saturday October 14, 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 a prize draw to raise funds and awareness 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, Brazil, Canada, and Iceland!
Registration is open, and we look forward to you joining us for the annual celebration of trail running!