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Starting Line | Fall 2019

Pumpkin Nights

Celebrate the spooky season with the family at this immersive Halloween adventure at the Utah State Fairpark in Salt Lake City. Explore eight Pumpkin Lands created with over 3,000 hand-carved pumpkins and funkins daily from Friday, October 10 to Sunday, November 2 from 5:30-10:30 p.m. Pumpkin Central features fall food, movie screenings, pumpkin painting, and fire dancers. Check online for special event schedule. Save on tickets with daily night owl discounts from 8:00 p.m. to close.

Strut Your Mutt Salt Lake City

Strut Your Mutt started in Salt Lake City over 20 years ago to raise funds for Best Friends Animal Society and has now grown to be one of largest fundraising events of the year for animals. Head to Liberty Park Saturday, October 12 to walk your dog, play in the pup activity zone, visit vendors, graze from the food trucks, and unwind in the beer garden. Walk begins at noon. Fundraise on your own or join a team online.

Warren Miller Movie Screenings

Get stoked for ski season at a screening of Warren Miller’s 70th ski film, “Timeless,” at select Utah locations. See it at Ogden’s Peery’s Egyptian Theater October 23 at 7:30 p.m., Salt Lake City’s Jeanne Wagner Theatre on October 24–25 at various times, Park City’s Eccles CPA on October 26 at 6:00 p.m., and Orem’s Clark Grand Theatre on October 30 at 7:30 p.m. Get your tickets at REI or online.

Moab Ho Down Mountain Bike Festival

Celebrate the best of fall biking season with a weekend of mountain biking, dirt jumping, racing, and partying in Moab October 24–27. Advanced riders can compete in the new Triple Stage Rager Race or the Dirt Jump Jam. If you’re a mountain biking rookie, come master techniques in skills camps and clinics. Weekend festival pass includes group rides, movie night, costume party, and group shuttle rides. Huge costume party for ages 21+ at Moab Brewery on October 26 at 9:00 p.m.

The Haunted Half

Get your monster or superhero costume ready for these races in Salt Lake City on October 19 and Provo on October 26. Choose from half marathon, 5K, or kid’s run on scenic, fast courses. Salt Lake’s half begins in Emigration Canyon and finishes at Sugar House Park; 5K begins and ends at Sugar House Park. Provo’s half begins in Provo Canyon and ends at University Place; 5K begins and ends at University Place. Registration fee includes finisher medals, race shirts, and race bags.

Donut Dash 5K

Run, eat donuts, run more. That’s the terrible/wonderful concept behind this Salt Lake City race from Memory Grove to City Creek Canyon and back on Saturday, November 9. Stop halfway to eat as many donuts as you can before running back down the canyon to the finish. Costumes encouraged; bonus points for donut-themed costumes. Those who eat the most donuts or run the fastest win! Event supports Preservation Utah’s work to protect historic buildings from demolition. Followed by free family fun at Memory Grove Discovery Day inside Memorial House.

Cottonwood Heights Thanksgiving Day 5K

Get your turkey burn on at Utah’s longest-running Thanksgiving Day event (November 28) in Cottonwood Heights. This big race begins at 9:00 a.m. and prizes are award for age-group finishers in 1st-5th places. Get a coveted turkey medal if you beat the turkey to the finish. Sign up early—race capped at 2,000 runners.

Sports-am Cold Turkey Run

Choose your canyon at these Thanksgiving Day races (November 28) in City Creek or Millcreek Canyons! City Creek 6K: Begins at the Capitol and finishes at Memory Grove. Millcreek 5K: Starts and finishes at Olympus Hills Shopping Center. Both begin at 9:00 a.m. Kids’ 1K races held before the main events at 8:30 a.m.

Utah Santa Runs

Get a jolly start to the holidays at timed Santa 5K Runs in Ogden, West Jordan, and Provo. Impersonating Saint Nick is required to participate, and a full Santa suit (hat, beard, jacket, pants, and belt) is included in your registration fee. Kids 8 and under free with paid adult. Expect milk and cookies aid stations along the course staffed by friendly elves. Race dates: Ogden on November 30 followed by Holiday Lights Parade, Gardner Village in West Jordan on the morning of December 7, and Provo the evening of December 1 before the Shops at Riverwoods Lighting Ceremony.

Winter Sun 10K

Escape the winter chill at the 37th annual Winter Sun 10K in Moab on Saturday, December 7. Expect a fast course, sunny skies, and comfortable temperatures as you race to the finish. Participants receive unique finisher medal, custom race t-shirt, and shuttle ride to the start.


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The mission of Outdoor Sports Guide Magazine is to inspire and educate endurance athletes and outdoor enthusiasts in the Mountain West through well-written content on adventure, travel, gear, health, fitness, nutrition, industry news, profiles, and ski resort information.

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