At this festival, The Venture Out Project is making space for all 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 (21k) competitive event, a shorter (5k) Hike/Run, and a Kid’s Fun 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.
For 2023, we’ve also added a VIRTUAL event option. If you can’t join us in person but would like to be there in spirit and help support all the great work of The Venture Out Project, sign-up to be a Virtual Participant!
It all goes down October 1, 2023 at Berkshire East!
10:00am for the 21k competitive event
11:00am for the 5k fun hike/run, and
11:11am for the kid’s run