Salt Lake City Track Club
In this edition of Get to Know Your Running Clubs we chatted with Hollie Jo Fuhrmann about the Salt Lake City Track Club.
Want to learn more about them? Read on!
Hi Hollie! Who are you? Give us your best one line bio
I am a proud Salt Lake City Track Club member, volunteer and runner who has recently been exploring the joys of running while pregnant!
Tell us a bit about the Salt Lake City Track Club history?
The SLCTC has been supporting runners in the Salt Lake Valley for more than 40 years. We are the oldest and largest non-profit, RRCA-affiliated running club in Utah. We take pride in hosting a variety of weekly runs, putting on high quality, affordable races, and serving the community through Making Strides, our program that introduces youth to the sport of running.
Nice! what sort of runners typically run with the group?
We invite all runners to join our club and have a broad membership. From Harry "Hotpants" one of our oldest members who still tears it up on the track to Greta, one of our newest and youngest members whose been kicking butt on the trails. We are here to be your running companion and biggest cheerleader. We have runners who run to stay healthy and fit as well as runners who have their eyes set on marathon Olympic trials qualification.
Where/when do you usually meet and run?
Come join one of our four weekly group runs! We host road runs on Saturday & Sunday mornings, track workouts Tuesday evening, and trail runs Thursday morning. The Saturday road runs meet at rotating locations around the Salt Lake Valley and always include a post-run social meet-up. The Sunday road runs meet at Highland High School and are usually followed by breakfast. The Tuesday evening track workouts meet at the Highland High School Track. The Thursday morning trail runs meet at rotating trail heads for the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Pipeline Trail in Mill Creek Canyon, and others.
See the club's schedule of weekly runs for times and locations: http://slctrackclub.org/weekly-runs/
Any cost to be a member/join?
Membership in the SLCTC is $25 per year for individuals and $35 per year for a family. Membership benefits include: a SLCTC merchandise item with new membership, the monthly Club newsletter, discounts on all club races (e.g., Beat the New Year 5K, and the Winter Series), 10% discount on non-sale items at Wasatch Running Center locations, benefits of the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA), an invitation to a Fall Banquet and Summer BBQ, and, of course, most importantly the intangible benefits of companionship, camaraderie, compassion, training advice, and encouragement!
Is the club affiliated with any events?
The SLCTC hosts some of the longest running races in the Salt Lake Valley: The Original Winter Series and Beat The New Year. These races will be celebrating their 40th Anniversaries this year. We pride ourselves in putting on affordable, fun, and competitive races for all runners.
For more information on our races visit: http://slctrackclub.org/winter/
Where are your favourite spots to run in/around Salt Lake City?
There's nothing more spectacular than the Wasatch Crest Trail, especially when the alpine wildflowers are in bloom. Bring some friends, some yummy snacks, and even a beer or two. Then, enjoy your descent with amazing views of Big Cottonwood Canyon, Park City, and Mill Creek Canyon.
Do you personally have any favourite local races?
The Wahsatch Steeplechase! It's a great local race (starts and ends in my backyard practically) that kicks off the trail racing season. The SLCTC's Thursday morning trail running group has had a big turnout the past few years. It's a lot of fun to train and race together. And, with a course this difficult you have to be humble and just have fun.
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Find more runs around Salt Lake City
Looking for runs in and around Salt Lake City? The RunGuides Salt Lake City race calendar can help you find upcoming runs and running races in the area - http://www.runguides.com/salt-lake-city/runs