Starting Line | Late Winter 2019 Issue
Run outdoors this winter with The GOAL Foundation’s Ogden Winter Race Circuit that’s designed to get you ready for the Ogden Marathon. Includes five races around Ogden with distances building throughout the season: 5K at Ogden Ice Sheet (February 23) followed by 10K (March 9) and a 10 Miler (March 23) at Dee Events Center, Half Marathon (April 6) and 30K at Eden Park (April 27).
Watch athletes climb, ski, hike, and defy gravity on the big screen at this renowned festival of outdoor films. Utah screenings begin February 14–15 in Logan at Utah State University and continue in Ogden February 15–17 at Peery’s Egyptian Theater, Orem February 11–12 Utah Valley University, and Salt Lake City February 19–21 at Kingsbury Hall. Radical Reels—Banff’s extreme, sports action film night—is March 4 at Kingsbury Hall. Tickets available online.
It’s all about the up. Test your climbing and backcountry ski skills in these backcountry ski races at Brighton Ski Resort February 22–25. Saturday: Individual Races, Sunday: Vertical Race. Events followed by post-race barbecue and awards ceremony at the Milly Chalet. Backcountry clinics offered Saturday by the Utah Avalanche Center.
Run the 41st edition of Utah’s oldest race series at the Great Saltair this February. The 10K (February 9) and 15K (February 23) take place along the Great Salt Lake and include on-course aid stations, free photography, exclusive medal, and post-race treats. Strollers are allowed; dogs are not.
Make Utah a better place to ride bikes by joining in on Utah’s state bicycle conference on Tuesday, March 5 at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi. Open to bike advocates, elected officials, bike shops, transportation professionals, health officials, tourism professionals, and anyone who loves bikes. Event features a day of speakers, training sessions, networking opportunities, and product demos. Early-bird $70 registration available now through February 8.
Though best known for its mountain biking trails, Moab is also home to some of the world’s greatest road biking. Experience Moab’s pavement riding at this annual festival March 9–12 through Utah’s famed parks and along the mighty Colorado River. Ride schedule: Day 1- Dead Horse State Park, Day 2- Colorado River, Day 3- Arches National Park, Day 4- River Portal and Potash Road. Rides fully supported with sag wagons, bike mechanics, and aid stations. Choose two days for $165 or four-day package for $205.
Find family-friendly winter fun in Midway from February 14–17, 2019 during the BMW Biathlon World Cup at Soldier Hollow Nordic Center. This first-ever fest features live music, local food trucks, vendors, activities, and a beer garden—all during the World Cup competition. General admission for Winter Fest and the World Cup is free for all attendees. Activities include face painting, a mechanical bull, live ice sculpting, mini snowmobiles, a petting zoo, owl demonstrations, axe throwing, pin trading, paintball biathlon, winter tubing, kid’s snowshoeing, a snow play zone, and a vendor/sponsor village. and more. Blues guitarist and vocalist Ana Popovic will headline on Saturday and country music duo The Swon Brothers headline on Sunday.
Kick off Utah’s triathlon season with this race through American Fork on Saturday, March 30. Starts with 300-meter indoor pool swim at the AF Rec Center followed by 12-mile bike ride, and ends with 5K run. Main event followed by a kid’s race featuring a 100-meter pool swim, 5K bike ride, and 1-mile run. Hydration drinks and goodies at the finish.
Now’s the time to sign up and start training for this popular race! Choose your distance: Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, Kid’s K, 26.2-mile bike tour, and 10K skate. Quality of Life Expo held Friday, April 12 at the Salt Palace from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. All races Saturday, April 13. For the second year, cheers to your finish at the post-race beer garden at Library Square.
Fitness fanatics will love learning and working out at this event April 12–13 at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City. Expect 30+ fitness competitions with categories like weight lifting, boxing, breakdancing, natural stone lifting, and parkour along with live fitness classes, seminars, hundreds of exhibitors, and keynotes from leading fitness professionals.
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