The Estes Trail Ascent Trail Running Conference 2013 was our inaugural event and offered a packed, informative, interactive timetable that was successful in attracting trail runners of all abilities, trail race directors, and a range of top quality sponsors and vendors at the expo.
The 2014 Conference will be based around a similar style of speaker panel sessions focused on the subjects that Trail Runners want to have covered in conjunction with news on races and development of our sport, along with interactive sessions that will include group runs with guest star athletes, and opportunities to demo trail related products in real time. One key development is that the Conference is extended to three days, with Day 1 for Trail Race Directors, and Days 2 & 3 for Trail Runners. The focus on the two distinct areas will result in deeper, more meaningful discussions for each group.
Here is an overview of the Conference Timetable – more details to follow:
Thursday, October 9, 2014 – 9.00 am – 6.00 pm – Trail Race Directors
The proposed panel subjects are based on the responses from surveys sent to Trail Race Directors on what was most important to help them improve their Trail Races. There will be mid morning and mid afternoon breaks with refreshments provided, as well as lunch at The Stanley Hotel.
- How to attract and retain sponsors
- Promotion and marketing
- Creating a green, eco-friendly event
- Public use of the land and permitting
- Safety and race amenities
- Volunteer recruitment and retention
- Media relationships
Friday, October 10 & Saturday, October 11, 2014 – 9.00 am to 5.00 pm
- Trail Runners
The proposed panel subjects and interactive workshops are based on the responses from surveys sent to Trail Runners on what was most important to help develop the sport of Trail Running. There will be mid morning and mid afternoon breaks with refreshments provided, as well as lunch at The Stanley Hotel at additional cost if pre-booked. For anyone that hadn’t pre-booked, lunch will also be available at The Cascades Restaurant Bar at additional cost.
- Running form
- Uphill and downhill techniques
- Stretching and flexibility
- Trail shoe design
- Nutrition and hydration
- Women and trail safety
- Getting kids involved
- Trail maintenance
- The future of Trail-Running in the USA
- Group runs with guest star athletes
- Opportunities to demo trail related products from expo sponsors & vendors