Starting Line | Straycations 2017
Make it a Sunday Funday from now until September 24 at Snowbasin’s free Sunday summer concert series. Bring a blanket or a festival-height chair and enjoy live music paired with a BBQ lunch from Earl’s Lodge and local brews. Music starts at noon and lasts until 5:30 p.m. Kids activities include bungee jump, climbing wall, and playground. Dogs on leash are welcome.
Oktoberfest at the Bird is one of Utah’s largest festivals and a beloved sign of the changing seasons. Enjoy craft beer, German food, music, dance, and the fresh mountain air every Saturday and Sunday August 12 – October 15. Also open Labor Day, September 4. While at Snowbird, enjoy scenic tram rides, hiking, mountain biking, and summer base activities like the mountain coaster and alpine slide.
Beat your PR or qualify for Boston at this fast half or full marathon down beautiful Big Cottonwood Canyon amidst vibrant fall colors on Saturday, September 9. After exiting the canyon, the marathon course runs along the base of the mountain with views of the Salt Lake Valley before rejoining the half marathon course on a downhill route to the finish. Runners receive huge finisher medals, technical race shirts, free race photos, and highlight videos.
The only triathlon on Bear Lake, the Brawl has grown so large that it’s now hosted on two weekends. Choose between Sprint and Olympic distances on September 9 or Half and Full distances on September 16. New for 2017, the race start and finish moves to the Idaho side to save racers on parking and sales tax, and adds the option of soaking sore muscles in the hot pools afterward at Bear Lake Hot Springs.
Make a difference for those impacted by HIV/AIDS by registering to walk 2.5 miles with the Utah AIDS Foundation on Saturday, September 16 at City Creek Center at 10:00 a.m. Every donation helps to fight new infections and provide services to those living with HIV/AIDS. Expect dance performances, giveaways, and an after-party with snacks and socializing.
Looking for a different sort of triathlon? Head to Snowbasin near Ogden, Utah on Saturday, September 16 for this off-road race where you’ll swim in Pineview Reservoir, mountain bike, and trail run. Two distances offered: 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 return to Snowbasin the following day, September 17, and the 21K championship course, 10K, and 5K trail runs are open to the public and accommodate varying ability levels.
This trail race weekend returns to Utah September 23–24 at Park City Mountain Resort. The racecourse not only starts at the highest elevation within the North America series at 7,000 feet, but also climbs to the highest elevation of 10,000 feet. 50-mile, 50K, Marathon, and Marathon Relay on Saturday with Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K on Sunday. Kids’ runs offered on both days. All races followed by party at resort base.
For the third year, this epic uphill dash returns to the Utah Olympic Park in Park City where races run 400 meters up the iconic Olympic ski jump run, at a near-vertical angle. Park City adds the unique obstacle of 6,870-foot elevation at the start, making it the highest altitude Red Bull 400 in the 12 stop series. The penultimate race in the 2017 tour goes down Saturday, September 30. Open to over 1,000 participants and with eight different division options.
By Heather Balogh Rochfort
Reviewed by Jenny Willden
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