Get Ready for an Exciting Lineup of Trail Running Events on the Olympic Peninsula
The Olympic Peninsula is gearing up for an action-packed spring season of trail running events and activities. Peninsula Adventure Sports is excited to announce a series of events that cater to both seasoned runners and beginners looking to hit the trails. From workshops and training programs to the highly anticipated Olympic Adventure Trail (OAT) Run, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Whether you’re a trail running enthusiast or just starting out, now is the perfect time to mark your calendars and get involved in these thrilling events.
Trail Running Workshop: Building Confidence and Strength
On February 24, the Port Angeles Senior Center will host the second year of the Trail Running Workshop. Produced by Rain Bear Running Club with support from North Olympic Healthcare Network and Peninsula Adventure Sports, this four-hour workshop aims to equip runners with the knowledge, self-confidence, and strength to conquer the trails.
Participants can expect sessions on safety and gear information, as well as specialized workshops led by professional instructors. Topics covered include “Yoga for Runners” by Sara Shearer, “Strength Training and Foam Rolling” by Spencer Larsen, and “Mental Strength for Trail Runners” by Rachel Hardies.
Advance registration is required, and spots are limited. The cost is $60 per person, which includes lunch. Secure your spot at: http://tinyurl.com/TrailRunningWorkshop.
Trail Running Training Program: Prepare for the OAT Run
Following the workshop, Rain Bear Running Club will offer a seven-week trail running training program from March 2 to April 6. Designed to prepare runners for the 12K OAT Run on April 13, participation in the race is not mandatory.
Thanks to the sponsorship from Peninsula Adventure Sports and North Olympic Healthcare Network, the training program is available for just $25. Participants will receive a comprehensive package, including a detailed training schedule, weekly group runs along the Olympic Adventure Trail, expert technique coaching, valuable tips and tricks, motivation, and plenty of fun.
To ensure participants are ready for the trail, it is recommended that they can comfortably run a 5K before the program’s start date.
As an added bonus, Rain Bear Running Club has reserved 20 spots for program participants in the OAT Run. Additionally, participants will receive a 20 percent discount code for the race registration fee. Please note that the race registration fees are not included in the training fee. Register online at: http://tinyurl.com/TrailRunningTraining.
The Olympic Adventure Trail Run: A Trail Running Spectacle
Now in its 11th year, the OAT Run is a trail running race produced by Peninsula Adventure Sports. Supported by sponsors Angeles Millworks/Hartnagels, Moss Boutique, and Olympic Lodge, this event offers three course options: a point-to-point 12K, a half marathon, and a challenging 50K out-and-back course.
Pre-registration is required, with pricing set at $50 for the 12K, $65 for the half marathon, and $90 for the 50K. Participants can expect a well-organized event, a well-marked course, hydration and snacks at water stations, custom race swag, shuttle services, and an unforgettable after-party at Extreme Sports Park. The after-party includes a hot meal, bonfire, door prizes, and a beer garden.
For more information and to sign up, visit: PeninsulaAdventureSports.com.
Note: The OAT Run is currently seeking a new Title Sponsor for 2024. If you have a business that would benefit from connecting with athletes from the Olympic Peninsula and beyond, or if you simply want to support endurance racing in the area, reach out to Race Director Lorrie Mittmann at firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers are also needed, so please contact Mittmann if you are interested.
Trail Running Film Festival: Celebrating the Human Spirit
As the grand finale of the spring season, the Trail Running Film Festival will take place on April 19. Sponsored by Peninsula Adventure Sports and the Peninsula College Magic of Cinema Series, this evening event promises to inspire, entertain, and celebrate the indomitable human spirit.
The festival will be held at Meier Performance Hall at Peninsula College at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, so mark your calendars for an unforgettable night of trail running inspiration.
The Olympic Peninsula is a trail runner’s paradise, and the spring season offers a plethora of opportunities to get involved and experience the thrill of running through breathtaking landscapes. Whether you’re a seasoned trail runner or a beginner looking to embark on a new adventure, Peninsula Adventure Sports has you covered with their lineup of events.
From the Trail Running Workshop and Training Program to the iconic OAT Run and the Trail Running Film Festival, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Lace up your running shoes, embrace the beauty of the Olympic Peninsula, and join in the excitement of trail running this spring.