5 Ways to Work up a Sweat in Southwest Wyoming Feb 02, 2016

Sweetwater County, Wyo.Sweetwater County Travel and Tourism today announced five ways to utilize the wide open spaces of Southwest Wyoming to get the heart pumping with athletic events and activities that are anything but ordinary.

  • Run with the Horses Marathon (Aug. 20)
    Runners select their length: a marathon, half-marathon or 10k race. The route weaves through the high desert country where herds of spectacular wild horses live. Professional timers, aid stations, finishing medals and moisture-control shirts are also part of the event. Early bird registration is available for the marathon ($95) and half marathon ($65) until August 1. After that registration increases to $105 for the marathon and $75 for the half. The 10k is $20. Learn more at www.runwiththehorsesmarathon.com.
  • Race on the Rock (Aug. 27)
    This high-altitude triathlon features super sprint, sprint and Olympic distance races. The event is held at about 6,300 feet above sea level. Participants swim, bike and run along the base of White Mountain and through portions of Rock Springs, an old mining town. There aren’t any big inclines, but there is some rise in altitude along the race course. Registration price depends on distance chosen. Find out more at www.raceontherock.weebly.com.
  • Mountain Biking
    With land as far as the eye can see – many of it public – Southwest Wyoming combines a perfect setting with an attitude for adventure that makes it a top destination for mountain biking. The well-maintained Wilkins Peak Trail System is adored by locals for its trail variety and magnificent views. Bikers can get their hearts racing on the labyrinth of single-track trails on the peak’s western face, such as Brent and Mikes and Quick Draw. For technical biking, hit up the aptly-named 4.5-mile Pick Your Poison.
  • Green River Bike Park
    Those ready to kick their mountain biking skills up a notch won’t want to miss the Green River Bike Park. It offers several trails for all levels of riding, giving freestyle riders the opportunity to practice their X Games tricks.
  • Hiking
    Hiking is one of the best ways to get up close and personal with the wild, Western landscape of Sweetwater County. For a great workout, hoof it to the Killpecker Sand Dunes which boasts acres upon acres of soft sand that is challenging – yet fun! – to traverse.

For more on planning a trip to Sweetwater County visit www.tourwyoming.com.

About Sweetwater County (www.tourwyoming.com)
Sweetwater County, located halfway between Yellowstone and Canyonlands National Parks in southwest Wyoming, is home to 10,500 square miles of pure, high desert adventure. Known as “Flaming Gorge Country” the area is characterized by the 91-square-mile Flaming Gorge Lake, the famed Green River, expansive deserts and rugged mountains. Activities include camping, hiking, biking, fishing, golfing, sightseeing, wildlife viewing, hunting dinosaurs, shopping, and just plain getting away from it all. A perfect place to explore American history, Sweetwater County is also home to petroglyphs, pioneer trails and historical museums. The Rock Springs-Sweetwater County airport was recently ranked 37th on a list of 322 airports from around the country by Travelmath.com.

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Gaylene Ore, Ore Communications, 970.812.8733, gaylene@orecommunications.com

Jenissa Meredith, Sweetwater Travel & Tourism, 307.382.2538, jmeredith@tourwyoming.com

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