US Trail Running Conference Announces Advisory Committee

The US Trail Running Conference (USTRC) is thrilled to announce the formation of its 2024 Advisory Committee, composed of individuals deeply passionate about advancing the trail running community. This distinguished group will play a pivotal role in shaping the upcoming conference, slated to take place from October 23 to 25 in Knoxville, Tennessee, and is presented by Marathon Printing, Inc.


The Advisory Committee will provide valuable insights towards the selection of key panelists and presenters, ensure the content of conference sessions is inclusive and educational, and actively engage personal networks to enhance participation and outreach.

“As we strive to make the 2024 US Trail Running Conference the best one yet, we are honored to have such dedicated individuals on our Advisory Committee,” said Terry Chiplin, Conference event director. “Their expertise, experience and enthusiasm will be instrumental in fostering an enriching experience for all attendees.” Members of the Advisory Committee will meet  in monthly video calls to collaboratively help build the conference.

“We are committed to creating a conference that not only celebrates the sport of trail running but also prioritizes sustainability and diversity,” added Corinne Trujillo Shalvoy, Conference assistant event director. “With the guidance of our esteemed Advisory Committee, we are confident that we can achieve our goals and inspire positive growth within the trail running community.”

In addition to their advisory roles, committee members have been extended invitations to serve as panelists at the conference, further amplifying their impact and expertise.

The 2024 US Trail Running Conference will uphold its sustainability principles, as outlined in its sustainability statement, which emphasizes environmental conservation, social inclusivity, and economic viability. A new inclusion policy has also been created to ensure the Conference and the Master Class webinar series are safe, inclusive, accessible and equitable.

The Advisory Committee members for the 2024 US Trail Running Conference are:

– Rob Palmore, TURF Ambassador, Black Men Run

– Roslyn Braun, Route Arrows and LGBTQIA+ activist

– Eric Weatherbee, Executive Director, Knoxville Track Club

– Dani Aravich, Paralympian, Adaptive athlete activist, Trail Team member

– Anthony Foster, Dir of Operations and Outside Sales, Marathon Printing

– Olivia Affuso – Researcher, speaker and adventurer

– Dustin Martin, Executive Director, Wings of America

– Paulette Odenthal, Race Director, RRCA MN State Representative

(Listed in order of the images on the above graphic, starting in the top left hand corner and moving clockwise).

Conference Organizing Committee

– Corinne Trujillo Shalvoy, Entrepreneur and Assistant Event Director, USTRC

– Nancy Hobbs, Executive Director American Trail Running Association

– Susan Kendrick, Director of Client Development, UltraSignup

– Terry Chiplin, Event Director, US Trail Running Conference

For more information about the US Trail Running Conference and the Advisory Committee, please visit

For media inquiries, please contact:

Terry Chiplin

USTRC Event Director


Or Corinne Trujillo Shalvoy

USTRC Assistant Event Director


About the US Trail Running Conference

The US Trail Running Conference is an annual event dedicated to promoting the sport of trail running and fostering community engagement. With a focus on sustainability, inclusivity, and education, the conference brings together race directors, industry professionals, trail runners and enthusiasts to exchange ideas, share best practices, and celebrate the beauty of trail running.

The mission of the US Trail Running Conference is to lead, educate, connect and empower an inclusive family of trail runners, race directors and industry leaders working to share best practices with the trail running community

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