PARK CITY, Utah — In collaboration with key figures in the outdoor and endurance sports community, the Women of the Wasatch presents the READY Speaker Series. This event, held at the Park City Community Church on Friday, November 17 will feature Kelly Halpin, a renowned professional mountain runner and adventure athlete from Jackson, Wyoming.
Halpin’s journey is marked by a deep connection to the mountains, having explored the Teton and Gros Ventre ranges extensively. Following a knee injury, she transitioned to trail running, emerging as a passionate mountain runner and adventurer. Noteworthy is Halpin’s commitment to solo and unsupported endurance feats, combining her love for running, climbing, and exploring remote landscapes. Her work in adventure, art, and children’s books reflects a dedication to inspiring others to connect with the natural world.
The series is not just about inspiration; it’s about making a positive impact. Donations from the event will support Girls on the Run and Girl and Her Backpack, two non-profits focused on building confidence and leadership skills through recreation and sport. This underscores the series’ commitment to nurturing the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts and leaders.
Before the main event, participants have the chance to engage in a 40-minute community run or hike, with options for a 3-mile run with a 560 ft elevation gain or a 2-mile hike with a 400 ft elevation gain, the pre-event activities cater to a range of fitness levels and preferences.
The READY Speaker Series promises an evening filled with captivating stories from Halpin’s adventures, focusing on self-confidence, conquering fear, and expressing gratitude for the untamed spaces that define her experiences. The event encapsulates a spirit of shared exploration, celebrating remarkable athletes and contributing to the development of future trailblazers through its charitable initiatives. It’s an opportunity to be inspired, connect with the community, and leave with a renewed appreciation for the transformative power of outdoor pursuits.
READY Speaker Series agenda for Friday November 17:
5:45 – 6:30 p.m. Community Run
6:30 – 6:45 p.m. Raffle Tickets/Refreshments
6:45 – 7:15 p.m. Kelly Halpin READY Speaker Series talk
7:15 – 7:45 p.m. Q & A Session
7:45 – 8:15 p.m. Raffle Results and Book Signing