On the Run
Enjoying the Mountains by Foot
Photography: Dev Khalsa
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Fun runs are meant to be fun. Everybody is welcome at these non-competitive events held throughout the Valley. Fun runs tend to be shorter distances, well suited for getting active with family, friends, kids, and dogs.
“Fun runs are a non-intimidating way to introduce people to racing,” says Teresa Beahen, chief executive officer of the Wood River Valley Community YMCA. “That’s how I got started. I started with a 5K Turkey Trot, which led to six marathons.”
A multitude of non-competitive fun runs are held in the Wood River Valley. The fun run season kicks off with the Girls on the Run Community 5K Fun Run in May, benefiting the Girls on the Run not-for-profit organization. This inspiring event celebrates young girls, who may be running in a race for the first time. The community is invited to join in the girl-powered extravaganza and run, jog, walk or skip their way along the Hailey course.
Fun runs are inclusive events focused on family and fitness. The Sun Valley-Ketchum U.S. Half Marathon strives to encourage families to participate in a day of fitness by holding a 12K run, a women’s 5K run/walk, and a kids’ event in conjunction with its half marathon.
“The event doesn’t leave anybody out. It allows the entire family to come out and enjoy the day,” says Ryan Dawkins, Sun Valley-Ketchum U.S. Half Marathon race director. Last year’s fun run participants ranged in age from 7 to 81 years old.
“Fun runs are for all ages,” adds Beahen. “Everybody is welcome and everybody wins.”
The family-friendly Adams Gulch fun run and walk, sponsored by The Elephant’s Perch, is the longest running footrace in the Valley. The 4.2-mile event starts from the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood in Ketchum and makes a loop on trail and pavement paths through Adams Gulch and back to the church.
“It’s a very simple, fun event,” says Rosso.
Another fun event is the annual Turkey Trot Fun Run and Walk in Hailey. A Thanksgiving Day tradition, the 5K race motivates the community to partake in lighthearted exercise before the indulgent afternoon feast. Dogs, strollers and even turkey costumes are welcome. The race trots through Hailey neighborhoods, beginning and ending at the Community Campus in Hailey.
The Turkey Trot, like all of the fun runs, encourages anyone, of any ability, to get outside and be active. >>>