2018 US Trail Running Conference

Love trail running? We do too!
August 29-31, 2018 - San Luis Obispo, CA

Whether you’re an experienced trail runner, an ultra-marathoner, a trail newbie, a Trail Race Director, or somewhere in between, the sixth annual US Trail Running Conference, brought to you by Active at Altitude, is for you. The Conference is held in partnership with the American Trail Running Association, and hosted by #RaceSLO

Wednesday afternoon, all day Thursday, and Friday morning of the 2018 Conference is focused on Trail Race Directors, including speaker panels, round table sessions, and breakout sessions to share information and brainstorm ideas that our surveys have found are critical for all Trail Race RD’s. The event also includes a top level expo featuring vendors that produce products or services applicable to Trail race Directors. You can choose to attend for all the days, or you have options to include portions of the Conference to suit your schedule. You also have the option to include the trail runner afternoon as well. Why not extend your stay in San Luis Obispo and take in one of the SLO Ultra races on Saturday September 1! You can save 25% off any SLO Ultra race entry when you register for any of the Conference registration options. See the race entry options in the swag list when you register for the Conference!

In partnership with Race SLO


The rates for Trail Race Directors include access to all workshops and sessions, networking events where featured, access to expo, lunch on the full days, and refreshments at break times. There will also be a Conference app available. See the full schedule for Trail Race Directors here.

The final half day of the Conference is dedicated to Trail Runners. With speaker panels, guest elite athletes, interactive workshops, demo products, full and varied expo with trail related products, this is an occasion that Trail Runners will not want to miss!
See the full schedule for Trail Runners here.

You can also see a recap of the 2017 US Trail Running Conference at this link. 

When you register you have options to become a member of ATRA, as well as help fundraise for ATRA. We will update you with news on these programs. In 2016, the Conference raised $2000 for ATRA.

Registration Fees

Race Director, Weds, Thurs, and all day Fri including trail runner sessions - August 29-31

Includes networking evenings on Wednesday & Thursday, lunch on Thursday & Friday, and refreshment breaks when scheduled

Race Director, Weds, Thurs & Friday, August 29-31

Includes networking evenings on Wednesday & Thursday, lunch on Thursday, and refreshment breaks when scheduled

Race Director, Thursday & Friday, August 30 & 31 including trail runner sessions

Race Director, Weds & Thursday, August 29 & 30

Includes networking evenings on Wednesday & Thursday, lunch on Thursday, and refreshment breaks when scheduled

Race Director, Thursday & Friday, August 30 & 31

Includes networking evening on Thursday, lunch on Thursday only, and refreshment breaks when scheduled

Race Director, Thursday only, August 30

Includes networking evening on Thursday, lunch on Thursday, and refreshment breaks when scheduled

Race Director, Friday only, August 31, including trail runner sessions

Includes lunch on Friday, and refreshment breaks mid morning and mid afternoon

Trail runners - Friday August 31, afternoon only

Includes all sessions, workshops, and trail runner expo

Thank you for your interest in the 2017 US Trail Running Conference

You can see the full schedule for the 2018 US Trail Running Conference at this link

We have a very exciting Conference planned, and look forward to seeing you there!

Event Schedule

  • August 29 1:00 PM PDT - Race Directors - Day 1 - start

  • August 29 7:00 PM PDT - Race Directors - Day 1 - close

  • August 30 9:00 AM PDT - Race Directors - Day 2 - start

  • August 30 7:30 PM PDT - Race Directors - Day 2 - close

  • August 31 9:00 AM PDT - Race Directors - Day 3 - start

  • August 31 12:00 PM PDT - Race Directors - Day 3 - close

  • August 31 1:30 PM PDT - Trail Runners - Day 3 - start

  • August 31 6:00 PM PDT - Trail Runners - Day 3 - close

Contact Information

Event Location

2990 Dairy Creek Road, San Luis Obispo, CA, United States

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