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Fun activities for everyone at Trailfest 2017 at Jacob Hamblin Park in Kanab
This weekend Kanab is hosting the Grand Circle Trailfest today, Oct. 5 through Saturday, Oct. 7. Trailfest is a three-day trail-running event that takes runners to scenic trails in Bryce Canyon, Zion, and Grand Canyon National Parks. Each afternoon, runners return to Kanab for a festival full of lively activities for runners, their families, and locals!
The Trailfest headquarters and festival will be at Jacob Hamblin Park. Runners will race each morning at a different national park, and return in the afternoon to Jacob Hamblin Park for a variety of activities including a film festival, yoga classes, vendors, keynote speakers, massage therapists, running clinics, and more. All activities are open for the public with something for everyone to enjoy, so don’t miss out on all the entertainment this weekend!
Trailfest kicked off Wednesday at 2 p.m. with yoga classes and local musicians offering up entertainment while runners arrived and set up camp.
Thursday morning, the runners depart for the first race segment in Bryce Canyon. The afternoon festival begins at 2 p.m. with demo booths, massage tents, food vendors and a beer tent open all afternoon. There will be many other great activities including daily yoga classes and clinic speakers.
At 4 p.m., Cory Reese, a columnist for Ultra Running Magazine, will be the clinic speaker addressing mental focus. At 5 p.m., award winning dietitian and nutritionist Sarah Koszyk will speak.
Following the clinic speakers will be an exciting performance by the Apache Crown Dancers. Later in the evening there will be a Night Skies presentation by Kevin Poe at 7:45 p.m. After that will be bonfires and time to relax and do a little star gazing before the runners get some rest for the night.
On Friday, afternoon activities continue at 2 p.m. after the runners complete their race in Zion National Park. There will be demo booths, massage tents, food trucks and a beer tent open throughout the afternoon.
The clinic speaker at 4 p.m. will be Hayden Hawks, the 2017 UTMB CCC winner. Don’t miss the performance by the Navajo Hoop Dancers at 5 p.m., followed by keynote speaker Krissy Moehl – an ultramarathon winner, trail runner, coach and inspirational speaker.
There will be a film festival at 7:45 p.m. showcasing the film “Trails in Motion,” which offers an exciting view into the world of trail and ultra running.
On Saturday morning, runners head off to the grand finale course at the Grand Canyon. More demo booths, massage tents, food trucks, a beer tent and yoga classes. At 4 p.m. there will be a Trailfest Fun Run! That evening, live music and the award ceremonies for the runners finish off this great event.
For more information about Trailfest and a full itinerary of events, check out www.thetrailfest.com.
Come out to Jacob Hamblin Park this weekend to enjoy the Grand Circle Trailfest in Kanab - magically unspoiled.