Active at Altitude of Estes Park, organizers of the US Trail Running Conference, announced Clare Gallagher as the keynote speaker for this year’s edition of the industry-leading event. Gallagher is an ultrarunner and environmental advocate living in Boulder, CO. After studying impacts of climate change on coral reefs at Princeton, she transitioned to running long distances in the mountains. She has won Western States 100 and Leadville 100, and is a Patagonia global sports activist. Clare has also testified at Colorado’s state capital on air quality and renewable energy bills and also advocates for climate policy at the national level.
The US Trail Running Conference is an annual event that provides education, inspiration, and unique networking opportunities for trail race directors and trail runners. The 2021 edition
returns to Fayetteville, AR, on October 27-30, 2021, and is held in partnership with the American Trail Running Association, and is presented by UltraSignup and Spartan Trail. The mission of the US Trail Running Conference is to lead, educate, connect and empower an inclusive family of trail runners, race directors and industry leaders working to share best practices with the trail running community.
“From forest fires to extreme heat and flooding, the need for collective action to combat the climate crisis has never been greater. I’m grateful the trail running community is actively trying to be a positive force through this and I’m looking forward to speaking at this year’s conference,” adds keynote speaker Clare Gallagher.
“I am excited that Clare Gallagher is able to be our keynote speaker for this year’s Conference,” comments Terry Chiplin, owner of Active at Altitude, and Event Director for the US Trail Running Conference. “She has been an outspoken advocate for the need to protect the planet that we call home, and will make an excellent introduction to a Conference that is focused on climate, sustainability, and this year’s theme, Trail Running as a Restorative Sport. I look forward to being inspired by Clare’s passion and leadership for effective action in tackling the climate crisis.”