By Mathias Eichler
Winter, trails, darkness, and all the weather.
Olympia, get ready for a fun and festive holiday treat on the trails of Squaxin Park.
Tayte Pollmann for ATRA:
Race directors from around the United States and internationally, brands, trail runners and influencers gathered to learn and share their knowledge on how to progress the sport of trail running in new directions of sustainability, diversity and better business practices.
The 2022 conference attracted individuals who push boundaries and take the extra step to make positive changes in their communities.
This year’s conference offered a welcoming space to discuss some of the toughest topics in our sport, including the lack of diversity and increasing environmental concerns. Speakers raised discussion about how as our sport continues to grow, the industry should be doing more to ensure the inclusion of more diverse communities (women, BIPOC (black, indigenous and people of color) and the LGBTQ+), as well be focusing attention on reducing carbon emissions from events and increasing our protection of the natural spaces where trail races are held.
The conference was small but mighty. Addressing the tough topics in such an environment felt powerful and made me hopeful that we as society are starting to address the uncomfortable. Good steps!