New to trail running? Or looking for a quick trail run close to home? Head over to Camp Sekani in Spokane on Sunday morning, July 14 for the Spokatopia 5k Trail Run. It's the perfect start to a day of Spokatopia festivities for first-timers and experienced trail runners alike.
This run is open to all levels of runners looking to explore the trails and get a workout before Spokatopia launches for the day.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The Spokatopia 5k course is a true intro to the main elements of a trail run. From the starting line at the main Spokatopia site, you cruise a half-mile warmup on the fun rolling ribbon of the Upchuck trail. Then it tilts up for a half-mile climb where you get to practice the first rule of trail running: “walk the uphill, run the rest.” Near the top of the ridge, you leave the vertical behind and take in views of the river and Spokane Valley for a mile and a half before plunging a pulse-raising half mile down Carousel and Simple Tools. Before you know it, you’re back at the finish line.
Join us at 7:30 to pick up a few quick tips at the free trail running clinic, then stick around the main stage for a few minutes afterward when prizes are given for first and second place male and female runners as well your chance at a drawing for prizes from Black Diamond and others. Then enjoy day two of Spokatopia with the FREE WEEKEND ADVENTURE PASS you got for entering the race!
COST: $20. Includes Spokatopia 5k bandana and Spokatopia Weekend Adventure Pass (I know! It’s an amazing deal!)
ONLINE REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Midnight July 11
WHEN/WHERE: Sunday, July 14, 8 a.m. at Camp Sekani Park, Spokane
7:30: Trail Running Clinic
8:00: Race begins
8:50: Main Stage prizes
PARKING: Please note that there will be no vehicle parking at the race start at Camp Sekani Park. Race parking and shuttles will be available 1 mile to the east at Pasadena Elementary and there will be a bike corral at Sekani so you can ride to the race on the Centennial Trail or catch a Spokane Parks & Recreation van shuttle from Pasadena Elementary. Find all the details on how to get to Camp Sekani Park and parking options at http://www.spokatopia.com/directions/
Picking up your weekend pass
Your trail registration comes with a Spokatopia Weekend Adventure Pass. You can pick up your pass at the Spokatopia registration tent on Saturday or Sunday July 13/14.
Local time: 4:00 AM