Ogden Trail Running Festival returns this weekend

Thursday , May 03, 2018 - 12:31 PM

OGDEN — The Ogden Trail Running Festival returns this weekend, offering a glimpse into a sport that combines the stamina of long-distance road running with the beauty and solitude of hiking in the hills.

The festival, set for Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5, was started last year by friends Aric Manning and Joel Hatch, creators of the Ogden-based TrailManners podcast.

“We’ve been avid trail runners for years,” Manning said. “There’s a lot of stuff out there for things like skiing, biking, climbing and kayaking, but not for trail running.”

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Although many of the trail runners they know are more into the “ultra” scene — the 50- and 100-mile trail races — Manning said he and Hatch wanted to create a festival that was aimed at the beginner or entry-level trail runner.

“If they were nervous or scared, or didn’t know how to get started or where to go, we wanted to help them find the mountain,” Manning said.

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The two-day event begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Amer Sports Factory Outlet at 2030 Lincoln Ave. The event will feature discounted gear, food and beverage, socializing, a bit of video, and an appearance by Rickey Gates, a runner, writer and photographer from Colorado.

In 2017, Gates ran across the United States — 3,700 miles total — from South Carolina to San Francisco.

A limited number of tickets are available for the Friday evening event, at $25.

The festival continues Saturday afternoon, from 3-8 p.m., with a free expo at Mt. Ogden Park, 3144 Taylor Ave. In addition to various vendor booths, Manning said there will be a food truck, and Solomon will offer a shoe demo that allows attendees to try on trail running shoes.

The afternoon will also offer three races — a 4-miler, a 10-miler, and a “Kids K.” Registration is $30 for the 4-mile race and $50 for the 10-mile race. The children’s race is sold out.

The Gib Wallace Memorial Trail Races will be run beginning at 5 p.m.

“This is something we want to continue to grow, and expose more people to the Ogden trail scene,” Manning said of the Ogden Trail Running Festival.

For more information on the event, call 801-675-2742.

Contact Mark Saal at 801-625-4272, or msaal@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @Saalman. Friend him on Facebook at facebook.com/MarkSaal.

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