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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!
The US Trail Running Conference is the result of the vision, planning and resources of two Estes Park community organizations, Estes Park Health, and Active at Altitude. EPH provides a 25-bed critical access acute care facility with a 24-hour emergency department, 24-hour ambulance service, emergency air transport, medical/surgical services, obstetrics, home health care, and hospice. Active at Altitude is an athletic experience facilitator, offering trail running camps & women’s running camps for athletes of all abilities, as well as personalized coaching, and wellness programs. EPH provided initial financial support that made the Conference possible.
In 2021 the annual US Trail Running Conference will take place for the second year running in Fayetteville, AR, October 27-30, 2021. The inaugural event took place in June 2013, moving to a Fall time slot since 2014. The 2021 Conference in Fayetteville will mark the third time the Conference has moved outside Estes Park, CO. (For 2018 the Conference moved for the first time outside of Colorado to San Luis Obispo, in California, and partnered with Race SLO, and the SLO Ultra.)
The 2021 US Trail Running Conference covers four days dedicated to all things trail running. The first three days (Wednesday October 27 to Friday October 29) 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 on Thursday October 28 and Friday October 29 also features a variety of vendors and service providers specifically for Trail Race Directors.
The final day, Saturday October 30, 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, 2021, and we look forward to you joining us for the annual celebration of trail running!
We will leave you with 2 thoughts on Trail Running from masters of this sport, Nancy Hobbs, and Adam Chase. Together they have been founding members of ATRA (American Trail Running Association) and co-authored “The Ultimate Guide to Trail Running” – these quotes are both taken from that book. Happy trails!
“You don’t have to run too far along a trail to experience the peace, solitude, and and scenic views inherent in this niche sport. And there will be days when though just a mile from the trail head, you will meet the unexpected.” Nancy Hobbs
“The essence of trail running is to deal with constant change. No two steps are the same on the natural obstacle course of off-road terrain. Even if you run the same trail day after day, you will soon learn that the trail has a life of it’s own.” Adam Chase