Over the past decade or so, trail running has become one of the most popular outdoor sports in America. The combination of aerobic exercise in a natural and tranquil setting appeals to many outdoor enthusiasts who only need to throw on a pair of shoes and hit the trail. The result has been more backwoods runners and races than ever before. Now, the sport has even spawned a new trail running conference that will take place in Estes Park, Colorado this summer. The new conference is called the Estes Park Ascent and it will take place June 20-22. The event is being geared for trail runners of all levels from beginner to ultra-distance athletes, with special considerations for event directors too. The conference will feature seminars, panel discussions and a gear expo. Attendees will get tips to improve their training and sneak peeks at the latest trail running gear. They’ll learn how to train for altitude, deal with changing weather conditions and balance their nutrition and hydration strategies for better performance. And they’ll get to rub elbows with some of the best trail runners in North America.
One of the center pieces of the Estes Park Ascent will be the Event Director College, which as the name implies is aimed squarely at those who organize and run trail races. Running concurrently with the rest of the conference, the Director College will provide attendees with all the tools they’ll need to put on a successful event. Race directors will learn how to market their events, manage the race day activities and handle public relations. They’ll also gain invaluable insights into garnering sponsorships and how to grow grassroots events on a local and regional level.
Of course, a trail running conference wouldn’t be complete without a race and Estes Park is a great place to hold a trail run. On the final day of the event, attendees will get the opportunity to take to one of the local trails and stretch their legs a bit. The race will be a 5.9-mile run that includes almost 1900 feet of vertical gain. The route promises to be breathtakingly beautiful, although the steep climbs and heart-pounding descents won’t give runners much of a chance to catch their breath along the way. The inaugural Estes Trail Ascent Trail Run looks to be the perfect way to cap this new conference.
For those interested in attending this exciting new event, registration is now open.
[Photo Credit: Estes Trail Ascent]