New to trail running? Or looking for a fast trail run with some climbing close to home? Head over to Camp Sekani in Spokane on Saturday morning, July 9 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 and have a beverage in the Bikes & Brews garden until 10 a.m. when prizes are given for first and second place male and female runners. Then enjoy Spokatopia with your Gold Pass good for all activities that you got for entering the race!
COST: $25. Includes Spokatopia 5k bandana , beverage garden ticket, and Spokatopia Gold Pass (I know! It’s an amazing deal!)
ONLINE REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Midnight July 7
WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, July 9, 8 a.m. at Camp Sekani Park, Spokane
7:30: Trail Running Clinic
8:00: Race begins
10:00: 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 Spokatopia Gold pass
Your trail registration comes with a Spokatopia Gold Pass. You can pick up your pass at the Spokatopia registration tent on Saturday July 9 in the meadow up the hill above the main parking lot at Camp Sekani Park.
Local time: 1:53 AM