Are you looking for something new? Is road running becoming monotonous and boring? Are you looking to change up your routine but want to stay running? The Park City Mini Trail Series is a 4-race series designed to introduce new trail runners to the sport. The series is a 5k, 10k, 15k, and 1/2 Marathon. All of the events are on the Round Valley Trails in Park City, Utah. Due to the ease of terrain, these trail runs are designed with beginner users in mind. However, with well marked courses and the regularly placed aid stations, these races are also great speed training for more advanced trail users.
This portion of Park City’s trail system is known for its easy access from all over Park City as well as its beginner-intermediate runner friendly trails.
Directions to the Quinn’s Junction Trailhead:
There is not a specific address for the area in which you will be running. However, the National Ability Center and the Park City Ice Arena are both in the area where we start/finish. Entering either location into your GPS will be able to get you to where you need to be and our volunteers will show you the rest.
Take SR-224 South into Park City. Take a left (east) onto Kearn’s Blvd. Continue East almost until you reach the freeway. Take a left on Round Valley Way. Take the first left and pass the dog park. Continue until you see the gravel parking lot on your left where you will be directed to park.
Take I-80 East to SH-40 East. Take exit 4 for Park City and go right under the freeway. Take the first right onto Round Valley Way. Take the first left onto Gilmore Way and go past the dog park. Continue until you see the gravel parking lot on the left where you will be directed to park.
Aid Stations: Every race has aid stations stocked with water and disposable cups approximately every 1.5-2 miles. For more specific information aid station locations, visit the course info page.
Due to the nature of the courses all aid station materials must be mountain biked on/off the course. Therefore, there will be water along the course but runners are expected to carry their own electrolytes and gels. Nuun will be available at the start area. Runners wishing to carry electrolytes with them may fill their water bottles with Nuun before the race begins.
There will be disposable cups given at each aid station. We ask that you are conscious of where you throw your cup after you use it. Because of the terrain, trash has the tendency to cover a large area in a short period of time. Instead of dropping your cup on the ground, like you would at a road race, we ask that throw it in the garbage bag or hand it to a volunteer.
Mileage will be marked at every mile. Directions at all trail junctions will also be marked. In fact, our trails are so well marked that in the 3 years and 10 events that we have put on, only one runner has missed a turn (and she blamed it on her music). People even tell us our races are more well marked and easier to navigate than road races! All markers will be staked into the ground on the side of the trail.
Check out the course info page to view a map and GPS profile of each course.
Dogs: Your favorite running buddy will be allowed to run by your side during all of the Park City Trail Series Events. However, your dog is required to be leashed at all times, before, during, and after the event. Owners of unleashed dogs will be disqualified from the race and will not be eligible for prizes.
Other Trail Users: We do have a permit to be using these trails but they are not reserved for us and they are not closed to other users. Please be courteous when passing mountain bikers, other runners, or dogs.
Wildlife: As race directors, we are constantly scoping these courses and watching for changes in the trails. In all of our time in Round Valley we have come across a variety of wildlife including birds of prey, a porcupine, deer, moose, and a pack of coyotes. Wildlife doesn’t want to be bothered so if you encounter wildlife, the best thing to do is back away non-aggressively. Consider yourself lucky if you get to see these normally-hidden creatures!
Safety is first priority for all R-U-N? Events. If for any reason, runners need assistance in making it back to the start/finish area, volunteers placed along the course will be able to radio to the finish area for help. As runners pick up their bib numbers at the start area, they will be “checked out.” Once a runner crosses the finish line and the bib tag is pulled, the runner will be “checked in” and will be accounted for. This will help to ensure all runners return safely back to the finish line.
Race-day Prizes: Every other race out there includes a free t-shirt and it has been said, “I need another free t-shirt like I need a hole in my head.” That is why the PC MTS doesn’t give t-shirts. Instead, we give our signature pint glasses. Finish all four events to complete your four-glass set. Prizes are given to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place person in each age division. There are 12 age divisions: M/W 14 and Under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49. 50-59, 60 and Over. Prizes will also be given to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd overall Male and Female.
Parking: All runners should park in the public parking spaces at Quinn’s Junction. Do not park at the dog park, the skating rink, or at the National Ability Center. Parking is limited so please carpool. Carpoolers are rewarded with an extra raffle ticket.
Packet Pickup: From 6:45-7:45am on race day morning, you will be able to pick up your pint glass full of goodies at Quinn’s Recreation Area near the concessions stand and restrooms. All runners should bring confirmation of their registration in case any problems arise with finding your registration. Only athletes that are going to be running should pick up their bib number because once the number is taken, the runner will be checked out and will not be checked back in until the racer crosses the finish line.
Post-Race Info: The runner’s finish area will be nothing less than first class. Food for the post-event area is donated by Wasatch Bagel Cafe, and produce is provided by Fresh Market. Water and Nuun will also be provided at the finish area.
Cancelation: In the event that a registered runner can not attend, no refunds will be allowed. Cancellations will be handled through our registration website and partial credits will be given to participants that can be used for any of our events in the following 12 months.
In the event that weather prevents the event from taking place, the event will be canceled with the possibility rescheduling; no refunds will be given.
“It’s like one big party: you run a super fun (and well organized) race, then get to eat yummy food and hang out with other runners while they pass out awesome swag/prizes! ”
“Beautiful scenery, very well organized by great people and FUN! It’s FUN on the RUN! ”
“Organized, reasonably priced and great trails!! ”
“Raffle prizes! ”
“It sounds shallow but I like getting a glass instead of another t-shirt. ”
Laura Skene Allan
“Well organized, fantastic trails, wonderful prizes, great way to start your Saturday! ”
“The trails and love love the drinking glasses that I can fill with beer after a race. ”
Miranda Ann Redhouse
“Your races are incredibly well organized, and so, so fun! ”
“Cheering volunteers. They rock! ”
“Trails. Swag. Love to run in Park City. ”
Miranda Ann Redhouse