Saturday, March 9, 2013

Inaugural trail running conference announced

For the first time, trail runners will have a conference dedicated to their “sport.” The Inaugural Estes Trail Ascent will be held June 20-22, 2013, in Estes Park, Colorado, at the world-renowned Stanley Hotel.

The conference will include break-out sessions and seminars led by experts in their respective fields. Topics to be covered range from trail shoe and gear development, training advice, nutrition and hydration to the future of the sport. Developing trail running in communities as well as stewardship of the trails will be discussed.

Running camp fun in Estes Park - Photo credit: Terry Chiplin

According to Conference Director Terry Chiplin, “Trail runners have been attracted to the Estes Park area for many years by the incredible natural beauty, temperate climate, and clean air of the majestic Rocky Mountains. Many come to challenge or establish new records on the mountain trails. One of the most respected is the Longs Peak Trail, rising to 14,255 feet from the trail head below. Longs Peak dominates the Front Range skyline, and has been a test trail for local and visiting athletes for decades with many incredible records being set. Colorado-based trail runners like Scott Jurek, Anton Krupicka, Nick Clark and current FKT holder Andy Anderson, often come and run the mountain trails in the area.

“The Estes Park trail running community is especially excited to host the conference in June, as this is an opportunity to showcase our beautiful environment and to share it with many others who have yet to experience the majestic beauty of the Rocky Mountains. We know that everyone who comes will leave a part of their soul behind when they depart. Of course a return trip to Estes Park will recharge the spirit and visitors will again be inspired by the beauty of trail running and nature at its very best.”

The conference culminates in a trail race on Pole Hill, Estes Park, on Saturday, June 22 2013, starting at 9:00 a.m. The 2nd annual Estes Trail Ascent Trail Race is a 5.8-mile course over challenging mountain terrain with more than 1,800 feet of elevation gain. Participants will enjoy majestic mountain views, and clean, crisp air. The race is followed by a cookout at Ravencrest Chalet. Registration is limited so enter early to secure your spot in the race. Registration is open at this link.

For details on the conference and to register visit this link.

Story by Nancy Hobbs - Executive Director - American Trail Running Association