Written by Terry Chiplin, US Trail Running Conference Event Director, Estes Park, Colorado.
The 2016 US Trail Running Conference takes place September 28 to October 1, 2016 and registration is now open for both Trail Race Directors and Trail Runners!
The Conference has a new logo, a new website, an expanded section for Trail Race Directors with additional expert panelists, an exciting new focus for trail runners. Check out the new website.
Expanded sessions for Trail Race Directors take place Wednesday September 28 to Friday September 30
Following the feedback that we received from previous attendees and other Trail Race Directors, the section of the Conference dedicated to Trail Race Directors is now expanded to 2.5 days in total. Sessions start at 1.30 pm on Wednesday September 28, and run through to 5.30 pm on Friday September 30. There are options to register for the entire Conference, including the trail runner day, or pick one or two days.
The format follows last year’s successful structure, with sessions covering the following subjects:
- Trail race organization and logistics
- Safety and entry limits
- Course development, time limits, and registration fees
- Presentation by the Council for Responsible Sport – sustainability and thinking green
- Results and awards
- Delivery of goods and services
- Financial viability, sponsorships, and partnerships
- Aid stations and course marking
- Kids and Trail Running
- Marketing and social media
- Anti Doping programs
- Current and future trends for trail running
Registration is open, with early bird pricing until April 1! The section for Trail Race Directors is capped at 100, so don’t delay, register today!
We have expanded our expert panelists, with more to be added soon:
- Craig Thornley – Western States 100
- Tia Bodington – Miwok 100K
- Chris Kostman – Badwater 135
- Scott Dunlap – Trail Runner & Blogger
- Heath Kirschner – Mountain Goat Kids
- Nancy Hobbs – Executive Director, ATRA
- Richard Bolt – Director of Online Marketing, ATRA
We look forward to seeing you at this unique and must-attend event for Trail Race Directors!
Sessions for trail runners of all ages & ability levels take place Saturday October 1.
The 2016 US Trail Running Conference has an action-packed final day planned for Trail Runners on Saturday October 1, with a focus to provide something for trail runners of all levels and abilities. We invite you to join us and learn ways to look after your body, your mind, your community, and your environment. A selection of sessions that you won’t want to miss include the following:
- Trail shoe development
- Trail running and mountain biking, a presentation by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA)
- Beginner Trail Runner track
- Healthy nutrition and hydration
- Proper running form
- A healthy, flexible body
- Mindful Trail Running
- Lifelong training
- Future technologies
- Engaged Trail Running communities
- Women’s panel
See the full schedule for Trail Runners.
The Estes Trail Ascent trail running race takes place Sunday October 2.
Why not stay on after the US Trail Running Conference and take part in the Estes Trail Ascent – Trail Race. The race is over 5.8 miles of challenging terrain with nearly 1,900 feet of elevation gain and magnificent mountain views on a majestic hillside overlooking the Estes valley! The race starts at 10.00 am, and features a cooked breakfast to refuel after your exhilarating run. Organized by Estes Park Running Club, this course will inspire and connect you with nature’s finest! Registration opens soon, and is limited to 100 runners, so make sure to secure your spot.
Registration is open, with early bird pricing until April 1. Secure your place today! https://events.hakuapp.com/2016-us-trail-running-conference