park city mini-trail series, 5k edition (& a giveaway)

Saturday was the first in a 3 race series for the Park City Mini-Trail Race. The entire series is dedicated to getting people off the roads and onto the trails. If you’ve never tried trail running, it’s definitely something you should. Utah has some of the best trails and the views are ridiculous!

Saturday was the 5K. This was a great event! Most of the trail races I’ve done in the past have been over 10 miles and on crazy courses! The Park City Mini-Trail Series is a completely different event. The course was fantastic–nothing too difficult to climb, but still challenging enough to make you feel like a “tough chick” when you cross the finish line. And, you couldn’t have asked for my perfect weather for a trail run.

The best part about this race: the race director is herself a trail runner. I’ve learned in all my years of racing that the best races are put on by athletes–they just know what people are looking for in a good race. The course was clearly marked. There were plenty of volunteers on the course to direct you if there were any questions. The pre-race emails were informative and helpful. And, there was no race shirt–ok, I know what some of you are thinking, No shirt?!? Well, as someone who has done a number of races over the years, I need another cheap, ill-fitting race shirt like I need a whole in my head. Instead of a shirt we got a very cool draw sting bag that’s perfect for the gym! And, I happen to know that the items at future races are just as great.

I’ve been very lucky to personally know the race director for the Park City Mini-Trial Series. In fact, Rhielle is the person who got me into trail running. It’s her passion for trail running that led her to organize this trial series. She was even on Good Things Utah to discuss trail running and it’s benefits (and, you’ll find out just how easy and fun trail running can be!)

In an effort to continue spreading the passion for trail running, I’m giving away one entry into the Park City Mini-Trail Series 10K on July 10th. Even if you’ve never done a trail run and have merely thought it might be fun, this is the perfect race to get started!

To enter, leave a comment telling my what motivates you to get out and run, walk, hike, bike, hit the gym, swim, do yoga or whatever it is you’re passionate about.

**Entries will be accepted until Friday, July 2nd at 8pm Mountain Time. The winner will be randomly selected and emailed with instructions on how to register for the race. Please be sure to include your email so I can contact you.

***This is not a sponsored giveaway. Yes, the Park City Mini-Trail Series race director is a friend of mine, but she is not sponsoring this giveaway.

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