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Top 5 Places To Run In Salt Lake City!

May 25,2017

Salt Lake City is an exciting, urban area among beautiful scenery and outdoor recreational activities. You can’t miss the magnificent Wasatch Mountain Range to the East, and the cheerful Great Salt Lake waters to the West. There are a great deal of things to do downtown, including a large variety of restaurants, clubs, and historic buildings to visit. The Salt Lake area is well-known for its wide range of outdoor activities--from skiing, to hiking, to running, we’ve got it all! We thought we would kick off the summer by sharing our top 5 places to run in Salt Lake City.

Red Butte Gardens Loop

For anyone that likes a good trail run, this trail is full of beautifully bloomed flowers, and it’s hard not to stop and enjoy the scenery! Spring and early summer are the best times to view the colorful flower field.  The trail begins at University of Utah Hospital, goes past Red Butte Gardens, and loops around in multiple trailheads back to the start. Overlooking the Salt Lake Skyline, this is the perfect trail to run during any season.  

Memory Grove

Memory Grove is another great location if you’re looking for some simple, enjoyable trails to run. This trail is family and dog friendly. Along the trail, you will be able to find memorials of war veterans and the famous Memorial House.  You will also pass by the Harbor of Beauty, a pond full of memorials for sailors who lost their lives in numerous wars. Running this trail will give more than just a nice workout, but also time to reflect on and appreciate those we remember in this grove.

Sugarhouse Park

Sugarhouse Park Trail is a beautifully paved, neighborhood running trail for those that like to get their running done quickly and efficiently. It loops around Sugar House Park right next to Highland High School. The inner loop is about 1.4 miles and the outer loop is about 1.85 miles. This charming park is known for its well-trimmed, healthy green grass. The park has plenty of space and two playgrounds for your children to play while you get your run on!

Bonneville Shoreline Trail

If you’re looking for a challenge, head over to the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. The trail begins down in City Creek Canyon and veers along the Wasatch Mountains. It stretches for 100 miles total out of the many directions and trailheads to choose from. This trail rests on the Bonneville Shelf, remains from Lake Bonneville that used to be part of the great body of water that covered Utah and stretched out to Idaho and Nevada. BST is a common local trail filled with runners, mountain bikers, and dog walkers. Make sure to wear plenty of sunscreen on this trail as most of it is exposed to the sun!

Jordan River Parkway

Jordan River Parkway is a local favorite that provides a quiet, well-maintained, and peaceful place for runners, hikers, and bikers. It connects all the way through Utah, Salt Lake, and Davis County. This paved trail is a perfect mixture of cool mountain air and smooth running pavement for those that like to enjoy nature but don’t want to worry about rocky terrain. The extension from Rose Park to Glendale Park Golf Course runs for 8.1 miles passing Jordan River and various parks. If you need a break, don’t forget to stop by Jordan Parks to see the International Peace Gardens!

These are only a few of the many beautiful trails the Salt Lake has to offer—we would love to hear your favorites! Comment your favorite running trails below!

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Top 6 Fitness Myths

May 22,2017

There’s a lot of information out there on the internet about how you should or shouldn’t workout. How do you tell what is fact and what is myth? We’re here to help! Today we’re outlining the top 6 fitness myths we hear on a regular basis so you can train better and be healthier and happier!

Myth #1: “The more you sweat = the more you burn.”

This is definitely false. Sweating is a physiological reaction to cool your skin and, ultimately, your internal organs. While sweating may indicate that you’re working hard and getting warm, it has no direct relation to how many calories you’re burning.

Myth #2: “You can just ‘tone’ up your muscles.”

There is no such thing as “toning” muscles. Your muscles are already in the correct shape for moving your body, and working them out more doesn’t change that shape. You can either burn fat to better show off those muscles, or increase muscle strength by weight training. When most people say they want to “tone up”, they really mean they want to decrease their body fat percentage to show off those already perfectly shaped muscles.

Myth #3: “You can target fat loss in one area of your body.”

Again, sadly false, but wouldn’t it be great if you could?! Unfortunately, spot reduction isn’t a thing, and in order to lose that pesky fat, you’ll have to increase your cardio and decrease your caloric intake. Every body is different, and depending on your body type, some areas may take longer to lose those inches than others.

Myth #4: “Lifting weights will make you bulky.”

This one is for the ladies out there. We’ve all heard the horror stories of women weight training and getting so big that they rival the men body builders out there. This simply isn’t true. While weight training does build muscle strength, most women typically don’t have enough testosterone in their bodies to bulk up to hulk-like levels. Plus, muscle burns more calories than fat, so building extra muscle mass by weight lifting can actually increase your body’s ability to burn more calories!

Myth #5: “You MUST stretch before you work out.”

You MUST warm up before you work out, but stretching is optional. In fact, stretching prior to working out can reduce the amount of power you are able to produce during training. To read more about stretching, head to our Dynamic Vs Static Stretching blog post!

Myth #6: “You can erase the food you eat with exercise.”

No matter how many calories you burn during a workout session, your body will look better and feel better if it’s been fed healthy food vs a greasy burger and fries. We’re not saying you can’t indulge every now and again, but it’s helpful to know that the biggest influence on how your body looks (roughly 80%)  is based on how and what you eat, and only 20% is based on what kind of exercise you do.

Do you have any fitness tips, tricks, or myths you’d like us to cover? Comment below and let us know what you think!

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Give Back With TGIR!

May 15,2017

Here at The Great Inflatable Race, we believe in giving back. We think that communities that come together to have a good time can also inspire change! This is why we work to partner with local charities in every city we go to! We don’t want the money you donate to go to some faceless organization where you never get to see or experience the results. The charities we choose to partner with directly benefit YOU and your community!

                Not only do a portion of the proceeds from every ticket go towards the chosen charity in your city, but you can also make direct donations through our website! If money is a little tight, you can also learn more about each charity on our “locations” page and donate your time! A lot of the charities we partner with would love to have you as a volunteer! Just a little of your time can make a huge difference in the lives of others.   

We have seen some great results from partnering with non-profit organizations all across the country! Your contributions have helped build new facilities, provide meals, put kids and students through programs, and provided care for those who need it most! We owe a lot to our awesome participants, and couldn’t do as much good without you!

                We have partnered with many wonderful organizations throughout the years. Check out a few of them below:

                Special Olympics
                Shoes 4 the Shoeless
                Ronald McDonald House Charities
                Relay For Life
                The Sports Corp
                United Way
                Three Square
                And many others!

                Are we coming to a city near you, but you don’t see a charity on our website? We’re always looking for new amazing organizations to work with! Comment below with a non-profit organization you’d like to see us work with in your city! You can also have your favorite charity email us at

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