US Trail Running Conference – third annual, Estes Park, CO

October 7-10, 2015 – save the date!  At the historic Stanley Hotel


Welcome to the Estes Trail Ascent – US Trail Running Conference! Thank you to everyone that attended and supported the second annual Trail Running Conference in 2014! The event was a huge success, seeing a 50% increase in attendance over our inaugural year. We are now eagerly planning the 3rd annual Conference, that takes place over three and a half days – Wednesday afternoon October 7 and Thursday October 8 is for Trail Race Directors, and Friday October 9 and Saturday October 10 are for Trail Runners.

This conference is for trail runners of all levels, trail race directors, and sponsors and vendors that are looking for an event to showcase their trail related products or services. This event is the third annual Trail Running Conference in the USA, and we are proud to partner with ATRA (American Trail Running Association). Our first two Conferences in June 2013 and October 2014 were great successes – we have learned much from each event, and also from the follow up surveys that we carried out with both attendees and fans of Trail Running. The format of the third annual Conference will continue to develop the successful components from the first two years, and we are excited to put into practice many of the suggestions that were made.

Trail Running has seen exponential growth in recent years, and is poised to become one of the most popular outdoor active pursuits in the United States; this event is the first of it’s kind to be dedicated to our growing and dynamic sport. Colorado has long been a Trail Running mecca in the USA, and Estes Park is proud to stake its claim as America’s Trail Running Destination. This Conference will seek to set out a strategy for the continued growth in Trail Running  in the USA and beyond.

atra_logo_texture.42220526_stdNancy Hobbs, Executive Director of ATRA commented on the 2014 event: “The solid foundation laid in the inaugural year provided a wonderful stepping stone to an even better year two. There was a more diverse group of attendees representing event directors to fans of the sport. The discourse was positive, engaging, and thought-provoking. The addition of group runs with elites, interactive sessions, and a movie night rounded out the 
program which included a variety of sessions with well-informed speakers all of whom were excellent ambassadors of trail and mountain running. Year three will certainly deliver an even better program and we at ATRA encourage everyone who loves our sport to make their plans now to attend next October”

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What folks are saying..

  • Huge congrats for organizing the Conference - not only having the vision to create it, but also taking the necessary steps to pull it off. Already looking forward to next year!
    Yitka Winn, Associate Editor, Trail Runner Magazine,
  • You are amazing hosts, and have put together a benchmark event in our running community. I hope it continues to grow!
    Krissy Moehl,
  • Thank you so much again for everything during last week's first annual Trail Running Conference. You & everyone involved KNOCKED IT OUT OF THE PARK!
    Susan Farago, Trailhead Running,
  • Thank you for your efforts at the inaugural Trail Running Conference. I learned a lot of valuable information.
    Mary Zemansky,
  • Great job on the Conference!
    Linda Cowart,
  • I just wanted to say you did a phenomenal job organizing & planning the first Trail Running Conference. What an accomplishment! I enjoyed particpating in the panels; thanks for allowing me the opportunity.
    Brandy Erholtz, NB athlete,

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