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Starting Line | Late Summer 2019

The Ultimate Challenge

Ride like the Tour of Utah athletes for this one-day, endurance bicycle ride on Saturday, August 17. Called “America’s Toughest One Day Cycling Adventure,” the course covers the same tough climbs the pros attempt for the Tour. Choose from 94-mile long course with 8,124 feet of elevation gain or 44-mile short course with 2,859 feet of elevation gain. Registration includes nutrition, gear support, and catered post-ride meal.

Brian Head R’Oktoberfest

Can’t get enough of Oktoberfesting? Make the trip to southern Utah’s Brian Head for the resort’s final event of the season on Saturday, September 7. Expect live music, beer vendors, summer activities, and a full day of fun. $10 tickets available online and at the resort for the whole family. Traditional German cuisine served at the Patio Grill.

Snowbasin Blues, Brews, and BBQ

It’s Sunday Funday at Snowbasin every week from now until September 8 at this free summer concert series. Bring a blanket or a festival-height chair and enjoy live music paired with BBQ and local brews. Music starts at noon and plays until 5:30 p.m. Kids activities include bungee jump, climbing wall, and playground. Dogs on leash are welcome.

Utah Outdoor Recreation Summit

Head to Southern Utah for this three-day event at the Dixie Center in beautiful St. George October 22-24. Join local stakeholders, industry professionals, and land managers that make up Utah’s outdoor recreation industry for networking, outdoor adventures, service projects, inspiring talks, and discussion of important outdoor issues. Save $25 on registration with discount code Guide19. See you at the Summit!

Mt. Nebo Marathon and Half

Run the scenic Mt. Nebo Loop down Payson Canyon with views of Utah Valley and Utah Lake along the way. The marathon course starts at approximately 9,300 feet and descends 4,600 feet to the finish at 4,700 feet. Choose from a downhill, all-canyon full or half marathons or a quick 5K run. All races held Saturday, August 24 at Memorial Park in Payson, Utah. Strollers not allowed in marathon or half marathon but are welcome in the 5K.


Looking for a different sort of triathlon? Sign up for these entirely off-road races at Snowbasin near Ogden, Utah on Saturday, September 7. Swim in Pineview Reservoir, mountain bike, and trail run through the mountains. Two distances: Pan Am Championship (1500M swim, 28K mountain bike, 10K trail run) and Sprint (750M swim, 19K mountain bike, 5K trail run). Compete as a team or individually. XTERRA Trail Run Nationals same day: 21K championship course, 10K, and 5.8K trail runs. Let the kids go wild in the XTERRA Kids Zone.

2nd Annual Weber River Cleanup

Spend the day doing good by removing garbage from Weber River at Riverside Park in Morgan, Utah on Saturday, September 14. Help restore the natural riparian ecosystem, make friends, and win prizes. Collect garbage in bags and redeem them for a free BBQ ticket and prize drawing tickets. The more bags of garbage you pick up, the greater your chances of winning! Garbage bags, gloves, and water bottle filling stations provided.

Salt Lake AIDS Walk

Celebrate 30 years of fighting HIV/AIDS in Utah by joining in on this two-mile fundraising walk with the Utah AIDS Foundation. Held on Saturday, September 21 at Salt Lake City’s City Creek Center beginning at approximately 9:30 a.m. Every donation helps fight new infections and provides services to those impacted by HIV/AIDS. Register and find full details online.

Southern Utah Triathlon

Once northern Utah’s weather turns cool, venture south to the red rock wonderscape of Quail Creek State Park near St. George for this late season triathlon. Held Saturday, October 26, you’ll swim in water averaging 70-75 degrees, bike an out-and-back route near the town of Hurricane, then run out-and-back to finish the race. Choose from Sprint or Olympic distances.

The Bookshelf

Women Who Hike
By Heather Balogh Rochfort
Review by Jenny Willden

Get inspired by the stories of 20 women adventurers based around America in this book sharing their accomplishments, challenges, favorite hikes, and handy how-to tips. Find full hiking maps and directions to get you to your chosen trail, including write-ups on two Utah favorites: Grandeur Peak and the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. A fun, helpful read for hiking enthusiasts everywhere. $24.95

Utah News: Heli-biking at Whisper Ridge

Experience the first heli-mountain biking in the lower 48 at Utah’s Whisper Ridge. From fast, flowy downhill to trails carved through old-growth forest, ride lap after lap on 70,000 acres of terrain without the chairlift rides. Plus, trails are never open to the public. Prices start at $200 per day.


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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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