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National Trails Day - Trail Week Activities

Across the country, individuals eagerly await fun summer adventures, and American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® will kick off the season of good times outside on Saturday, June 4, 2016. The largest annual trails celebration promises to deliver a wide variety of outdoor adventures to suit the nation’s craving to be immersed in the great outdoors.

Locally, The PULSE Running & Fitness Shop is sponsoring a series of fun opportunities for the public to have a summer adventure of their own on nearby trails while taking part in activities such as hikes, trail runs, activities for kids, and more. The PULSE events are FREE, family-friendly, and offer entry-level introductions to anyone who might like to try a new trail activity.

The PULSE Running & Fitness Shop is celebrating all aspects running and hiking with a week-long celebration beginning with a panel discussion on trail and ultrarunning on Tuesday, May 31, and culminating in a group run / hike at Bogus Basin Ski Resort. Below is a schedule of the week’s events:

Tuesday, May 31: Trail & Ultrarunning 101 at 6 pm. The PULSE Running & Fitness Shop, State Street location – 5622 W State Street.

Join us as a panel of trail and ultrarunners share with us the basics of trail running and completing an ultramarathon. Here are a just a few questions our panel will address (we encourage participants to send in their own questions) :

  • What do you take with you on a long trail run?

  • How do you deal with snakes and other wildlife?

  • How do you train for your first ultra?

  • What is a drop bag, and what do you put in one?

Wednesday, June 1: Beginner trail runner / hiker group. 630 pm. Meet at Bob’s Trailhead. Parking circle at end of Hearthstone Drive.

Join us for our every-other-Wednesday-night group trail run. This group was formed with beginner trail runners in mind, but it is open to runners and hikers of any level. Distances and paces vary according to your level of experience and comfort. Everyone is welcome.

Thursday, June 2: Kids’ Hike. 630 pm. Meet at Camelsback Park by the tennis courts.

Bring your kids – all ages – for a hike on the trails around lower Camelsback. All ages welcome. At least one parent must accompany their children. Afterwards, the kids will enjoy a cool treat.

Friday, June 3: Dog Days at The PULSE. 3pm – 6pm. State Street location – 5622 W State Street.

Get a FREE 5x7 professional print of you and your dog with the purchase of any Ruffwear or dog Buff product. We will have a professional photographer in the store from 3 - 6pm on Friday, June 3, and from 11a – 12p at our Saturday, June 4, Bogus Basin run. We will print a 5x7 professional photo for pick up at a later date.

Saturday, June 4: Run/Hike at Bogus Basin Ski Resort. 8 am. Meet at Simplot Lodge.

  • 8 am - Run / Hike at Bogus Basin Ski Resort - meet at Simplot Lodge. All levels, all ages, various route options.

  • 11a - 12 pm – Dog photos

  • 11a – National Trails Day celebration picnic at Bogus Basin

“We are all-inclusive when it comes to fun and fitness. No one is too old or young, too fast or slow. We celebrate everyone wherever they are in their journey to a healthy lifestyle,” says Holly Finch, owner of The PULSE Running & Fitness Shop.

“Whether someone wants to participate in a centennial celebration event at a National Park or connect with other adventure seekers at a neighborhood open space, there’s a National Trails Day event for everyone,” explains American Hiking Society President Gregory Miller. “Our nation’s trails offer individuals from all walks of life boundless opportunities to enjoy nature, reconnect with family and friends, and establish a lifetime of fitness. We’ve seen significant increases each year in National Trails Day participation, and last year more than 2,300 activities attracted more than 176,000 Americans to participate in the National Trails Day festivities in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Canada.”

Founded in 1976, American Hiking Society is the only national, recreation-based nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and protecting America’s hiking trails, their surrounding natural areas and the hiking experience. To learn more about American Hiking Society and its mission and programs, visit or call (301) 565-6704.

American Hiking’s National Trails Day® is made possible by the generous support of Corporate Sponsors – Columbia, Hi-Tec, Eddie Bauer, Therm-A-Rest, Buff, Superfeet, Save The Redwoods League, and Federal Partners – National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Federal Highway Administration, and U.S. Forest Service.

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