Collegiate Running Association partners with US Trail Running Conference

Press release from ATRA partner the Collegiate Running Association.

(Richmond, VA, July 12, 2015) — The Collegiate Running Association is excited to announce it has become an Association Partner for the 2015 Estes Trail Ascent – US Trail Running Conference to be held October 7-10, 2015 in Estes Park, Colorado. The third annual conference is for trail runners of all levels, trail race directors, sponsors and vendors that are looking for an event to showcase their trail related products or services.

“We are thrilled to become an Association Partner with the 2015 Estes Trail Ascent – US Trail Running Conference”, said Steve Taylor, Collegiate Running Association President and Co-Founder. “Trail and Mountain Running, along with road running, are huge to us. We recently held the first Collegiate Trail Running National Championship in history in conjunction with the newly created Indiana Urban Wilderness Run in Indianapolis on June 13 and we will hold our 2nd Collegiate Mountain Running National Championship on July 25 run concurrently with the U.S. Championships in Bend, Oregon. To be part of this conference, which is promoting the sport, and to help provide an avenue for college students to be introduced to trail running helps us on our own mission of promoting healthy lifestyles among college students through running. We are thrilled to be part of this conference and Estes Park is an exceptional backdrop for this event.”

Trail Running has seen exponential growth across the U.S. in recent years, and is poised to become one of the most popular outdoor active pursuits in the United States. The US Trail Running Conference is the first of its kind to be dedicated to this growing and dynamic segment of the sport of running. Colorado has long been a trail running mecca in the USA, and Estes Park stakes its claim as America’s Trail Running Destination.

Terry Chiplin, Event Director of the US Trail Running Conference commented, “I am delighted that the Collegiate Running Association has agreed to become an Association Partner with our event. This partnership will provide a strong connection for college students and give them an opportunity to add their youthful vision to the growth and development of trail running in the USA. I see this as the first step in a growing partnership and am very excited for a bright future, and the possibilities this can bring to fruition for both the Collegiate Running Association, and the US Trail Running Conference.”

The 2015 US Trail Running Conference provides unique opportunities for both trail race directors and trail runners. Expert panelists lead sessions on key topics to enable race directors to manage successful and sustainable trail races, there is a networking evening, and an expo with sponsors that include race apparel, registration platforms, race director supplies, timing, nutritional products, and awards and medals.

The conference is also a tremendous opportunity for trail runners to gather, learn, and be inspired by some of the best trail runners and experts within the sport like Sage Canaday, Joseph Gray, Melody Fairchild, Michael Wardian, and Josh Arthur. Interactive workshops and speaker panels cover a range of trail running related issues, from trail safety, to trail maintenance and advocacy. A varied expo features sponsors like Pearl Izumi, Altra, Icebug, VFuel, TomTom, Honey Stinger, Estes Park Medical Center, Boulder Running Company, Elevated Legs, and more. The popular Trail Running Film Festival will be on Friday October 9, 2015 with Finding Traction, featuring Nikki Kimball, as the main feature film for 2015.

To register for the conference visit their website located HERE or for more details, contact Event Director, Terry Chiplin, at info@estestrailascent.com, or 303-304-9159.

About the Collegiate Running Association
The Collegiate Running Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded November, 2013 with a mission to promote healthy lifestyles among college students by providing and expanding opportunities in the sport of running. Our vision is to offer national championship events in road racing, mountain running, and trail running with prize money specifically reserved for college students that will be open to all college students enrolled in at least one class. In 2014 the CRA held two national championship events: a 10k Road Race held within the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k in Richmond, VA, and a Mountain Race held in conjunction with the USATF Mountain Running Championships in Lincoln, New Hampshire. Combined, these events saw nearly 3,700 college students representing 150 colleges and universities compete. In 2015, The CRA will host four national championship events open to all college students, including two road races, a trail race, and a mountain race. To learn more, visit the CRA National Championships page.

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