For $18, today's side deal gets you admission to the Stride & Glide 5-k run, speed-skating clinic taught by U.S. Olympians, and health exposition on Saturday, August 14, at 8 a.m. (a $40 value). The athletic extravaganza will take place in and around the Oval, the skatable site of the 2002 winter games. While an abundance of hockey and figure skates are available for Stride & Glide participants, speed skates are limited, so it is encouraged to bring your own.
Athletes will enter the Oval in a fancy new T-shirt (received at check-in) and depart in a slightly looser-fitting T-shirt that's seasoned with sweat. Register for your day of fitness fun and pick up your packet anytime between 6 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. on the day of the event. The 5-k run will launch from in front of the Oval at 8 a.m., then wind around the building through oxygen-rich grassy fields until finishing inside of the Oval on the running track. A skating demo by national team members and medalists such as Derek Parra (2002, Gold and Silver), Katherine Reutter (2010, Silver and Bronze), and Travis Jayner (2010, Bronze) will commence promptly at 10 a.m. Start to sharpen your blade skills at 10:15 a.m. as you skate around the rink under the guidance of said speed professionals and others, then continue to hone your craft during open skate from 11:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Take a break from exercising by checking out the expo section, featuring booths by hospitals and other health-conscious organizations. Athletes will also be available to sign autographs and take photos between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Must sign waiver.
Utah Olympic Oval and Utah Olympic Park
It's hard not to notice that the ice of the 400-meter skating oval is steeped in history. Eight world speed-skating records and 10 Olympic records were set on the Utah Olympic Oval's ice during the 2002 Winter Games. Now, visitors can glide over the same surface during public skating sessions while gazing at the blazing times immortalized on the walls. Inside the comfortable, 65-degree facility, guests can also race around the perimeter of the ice on the running track, cheer on hockey players at two rinks, learn to skate during lessons, or send stones hurtling toward their friends during cosmic curling games.
Over at Utah Olympic Park, which was built for the 2002 Games, visitors can take a guided tour of the park and see where athletes competed in everything from luge to Nordic ski jumping. They can also participate in seasonal activities, including scaling an adventure course, shooting head-first down the Rocket skeleton track, and riding with a pilot in a Comet bobsled, which reaches speeds up to 80 mph and lets riders experience what 5 G-forces feels like. Additionally, visitors can see Olympic and development-level athletes training and call out words of encouragement, such as "Way to be competent at sports games!"
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