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Starting Line | Fall 2018 Issue

Pumpkin Nights

Celebrate the spooky season with your 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 from Friday, October 5 to Sunday, November 4. 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.

Warren Miller Movie Screenings

Get stoked for ski season at a screening of Warren Miller’s 69th ski film, “Face of Winter,” at select Utah locations. Catch the world premiere in Salt Lake City’s Jeanne Wagner Theatre on October 17–20 at various times, Ogden’s Peery’s Egyptian Theater from October 23–25 at 7:30 p.m., Orem’s Clark Grand Theatre on October 24–25 at 7:30 p.m., Park City’s Eccles CPA on October 27 at 6:00 and 9:00 p.m., Logan at Mount Logan Middle School on November 1–3 at 7:30 p.m. Get your tickets at REI or online.

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 is now in 14 cities nationwide. Head to Liberty Park Saturday, October 13 to walk your dog, play in the pup activity zone, visit 50+ vendors, graze from the food trucks, and unwind in the beer garden. New noon start time! All well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome. Please no cats or birds. Register for just $15.

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 25–28. Advanced riders can compete in the Enduro Race and Dirt Jump Jam. Or rookies can master techniques in skills camps. Weekend festival pass includes group rides, movie night, costume party, and group shuttle rides. Jump Jam is FREE to enter! Huge costume party October 27 at Moab Brewery.

The Haunted Half

Get your monster or superhero costume ready for these races in Salt Lake City on October 20 and Provo on October 27. 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 10. 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! Supports Preservation Utah’s work to protect historic buildings from demolition. Followed by free family fun at Memory Grove Discovery Day.

Joe’s Valley Bouldering Festival

The first event of its kind in the West, this outdoor climbing festival is held in Utah’s Emery County from October 5-7 and brings together climbers from around the world to share their passion and climb the area’s famous sandstone. And there’s so much more than bouldering! Take part in yoga classes, pizza-making workshops, ghost tours, cowboy games, clinics with pro climbers, history discussions, happy hours, and more.

Cottonwood Heights Thanksgiving Day 5K

Get your turkey burn on at Utah’s longest-running Thanksgiving Day event (November 22) in Cottonwood Heights. This big race begins at 9:00 a.m. and prizes are awarded 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 22) 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. Start with a Santa Warm Up before the run with milk and cookies aid stations along the course staffed by friendly elves. Race dates: Ogden on November 24 before Holiday Light Parade, Gardner Village in West Jordan the morning of December 1, and Provo the evening of December 1 before the Shops at Riverwoods Lighting Ceremony.

Winter Sun 10K

Escape the winter chill at the 35th annual Winter Sun 10K in Moab on Saturday, December 1. 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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