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Berkshire East, The Venture Out Project
November 5 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm EDT
At this festival, we’re making space for our identities – as trail runners, as outdoorsy folk, as people – which need more breathing room than the traditional binary gender options during race registration allow for. Here, we’re claiming All of the Above, and running with it.
The theme? To welcome EVERYONE. Specifically, we’re calling for queer and transgender runners, and their allies, to come play on the trails with us – regardless of competition or athletic level. No matter who you are, or what ‘box’ you might check, you are encouraged to participate – we’re celebrating the person, not the body, at this fest.
In the spirit of what we do at The Venture Out Project, the AotA Trail Fest will offer a longer (25k) competitive event, a shorter (5k) Fun Run, and a Kid’s Run for the little (but mighty) ones. Prizes will be awarded NOT based on gendered placing (heck, we aren’t even collecting gender data when you register), but based on who predicts their finish time the closest, as well as other equally important criteria such as ‘who has the most fun out here’. At the 5k, we aren’t timing the event and there won’t be ranked results – this is a place to find your joy, push yourself (if you want!), and experience the trail with no judgment.
This race is a fundraiser for us here at The Venture Out Project and goes towards supporting our backpacking and wilderness trips for the queer and transgender community. We’re so excited to see you out there!