US Trail Running Conference Marks 12th Anniversary in Knoxville, A Trail Enthusiast’s Paradise

Industry-leading event moves to Tennessee for the first time 

Active at Altitude, the organizers behind the acclaimed US Trail Running Conference, proudly reveal Knoxville, Tennessee, as the host for the 2024 USTRC. In recent years, Knoxville has been focused on increasing access to the outdoors and showcasing the natural beauty of the surrounding areas which include the Smoky Mountains and the area’s largest picturesque lakes.

Within the Urban Wilderness managed spaces, attendees will discover 11 trailhead destinations, offering unique and varied terrain with spectacular views. Among the options is the popular Battlefield Loop at the William Hastie Natural Area features two natural lakes, a pristine quarry, and a bluff overlooking the University of Tennessee, one of the nation’s oldest state universities.

As the US Trail Running Conference proudly marks its 12th anniversary, the milestone event will bring together trail running race organizers, enthusiasts, industry leaders, and professionals for an immersive, educational and fun in-person experience. Registration for the 2024 event, set to take place from October 23 to 25, will open in January 2024.

Attendees can anticipate updated content and a revamped organizational structure, promising an unforgettable celebration of trail running excellence. The conference will be held in partnership with Visit Knoxville Sports Commission and the American Trail Running Association.

“The Visit Knoxville Sports Commission is looking forward to hosting the US Trail Running Conference in 2024,” said Kim Bumpas, President of Visit Knoxville. “Our destination has so many natural trails providing a variety of terrain, stunning overlooks, and unique elements. When pairing these outdoor amenities with all the art, culture, history, and incredible dining our area has to offer, they’ll be sure to have a memorable conference in Knoxville.”

Nancy Hobbs, executive director of ATRA said, “With access to so many remarkable trails, and a terrific location accessible by a large population, Knoxville is an excellent choice to host the USTRC.I am looking forward to updated programming and sessions for the conference and meeting the trail running community on and off the trails in October.”

USTRC Event Director Terry Chiplin comments, “We are excited to bring this year’s USTRC to Knoxville and look forward to a fantastic Conference in Tennessee. This will be the first time that USTRC has visited the East of the United States. We are determined to shine a light on the growing trail community in the East, and Knoxville is the perfect place for us to attract newcomers to our established event. We look forward to working with Visit Knoxville Sports Commission, the American Trail Running Association,  and our sponsors and exhibitors to produce a memorable Conference.”

Join us in celebrating over a decade of trail running innovation in Knoxville. Stay tuned for more updates on this year’s thrilling agenda and how you can be part of the journey. See more at or contact Event Director, Terry Chiplin, at

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