Major Partners


Sugarstride does everything from a trail & ultra running podcast, organizing volunteer opportunities in support of the trails and those that run them, to hosting big group runs for their official running club, Eat Clean, Run Dirty, at hip locations in Cleveland & Akron usually involving a tasty craft beer.


Vertical Runner

Vertical Runner is a running specialty store that everyone can rely on for all of their training needs. The folks at Vertical Runner are always willing to go above and beyond to make sure that you are always prepared for training and race day. Vertical Runner also hosts many awesome group runs and events that are open to the public.


Altra Running

Altra wasn’t started in some corporate office, but in the back room of a Wasatch Mountain running store. Their founders, —elite athletes and running store managers, —wanted a shoe that let you run the way you were born to. They noticed that the design of most running shoes was hurting runners more than helping them. Elevated heels promote high-impact landing and narrow toe boxes squeeze the toes out of their natural position.

What began as experimental shoe alterations has transformed into the only shoe company to provide a cushioned Zero Drop™ platform and FootShape™ toe box. This innovative combo promotes low-impact technique and allows your feet to remain in a natural, relaxed position across every terrain.


R Shea Brewing

Ron Shea has been brewing since his 21st birthday.  19 years later, with the addition of a BS in Biology, a BA in Chemistry and an ‘almost an MS’ in Polymer Chemistry , Ron has developed some great recipes with a focus on process and efficiency. R Shea may not be a big fancy operation but those who know a damn good craft beer can be found tilting back a few at the R Shea brew pub on Merriman Rd.

Trail Race Organizations & Race Directors That Give Back

Run To Share

Run To Share’s mission is to support the community through grass roots running events. Events like Buzzard Day Trail Races and Run With Scissors raise awareness and funds for a collection of area non-profit organizations. Remember to Run To Share.



OUTRUN – Ohio Ultra Trail RUNners is a group of Northeastern Ohio trail runners who train for, compete in, and host Ultramarathons and other running events. The mission of the group is to promote the passion for ultra running and provide a symbiotic relationship among the experienced, beginner, and aspiring ultra runners in the North East Ohio area and beyond.

Ohio Outside

Ohio Outside is a leading outdoor adventure brand providing outdoor gear reviews, travel, premier trail races, and outdoor news. They are a team of writers, designers, event promoters and above all else doers who feel they have one of the best jobs in the world. Often you will find them out on the trails testing new gear, on the road to a new adventure or brainstorming our next idea over a lovely beverage.


Special Guests



Dave Essinger

Dave Essinger is an author, teacher, and ultra marathon runner. His novel about ultrarunning, Running Out, is newly out from Main Street Rag Publishing Company.  He currently teaches creative writing and edits the literary magazine Slippery Elm at the University of Findlay, in Ohio. Meet Dave and pick up a signed copy of his amazing novel at the Burning River Film Festival.



Wayand Brothers Band

The Wayand Brothers Band is back again at BRFF!



Ten Junk Miles

Ten Junk Miles is a hilarious running podcast. A lighthearted conversation by trail, road, and ultra runners about their lives as runners and the issues that are interesting or important to them and guests of the show. TJM is meant to be a companion to you as you run. Think of us as your running partners on days when you just need some friends to get you out on an easy run. The show is composed of 10 segments, one for each mile, and every 10 minutes or so we move on to the next topic, to keep things interesting.


Dr. Tonya Yanok

Physical Learning & Health (PLH), LLC was founded in October 2015, and later rebranded as Yanok PT in 2017. The mission is to treat clients in a setting that allows for true one-on-one care at the convenience of the location of the client’s choice. With large health insurance deductibles, rising co-pays, and shrinking coverage and reimbursement from insurance companies for rehabilitation services, many physical therapy clinics are forced to reduce one-on-one patient care time. However, by removing insurance companies from the equation, Yanok PT isn’t limited by restricted insurance coverage and doesn’t need the support staff to haggle with the paperwork and insurance providers. Also, by having thorough, truly one-on-one treatments, in many cases the client can experience improvement with less visits.

 Community Organizations

Running Dog

#RunningDog is a dog running program in Akron, Ohio. They are a group of runners who volunteer our time to take the rescue dogs on much needed runs. Their primary goals are to give the dogs an outlet for their energy, alleviate the stress of kennel life and gain exposure to adoptable dogs via social media.



The Cleveland Area Mountain Bike Association, or CAMBA, is a non-profit association with a mission to create, preserve, promote, protect, and enhance diverse and enjoyable trail experiences for mountain bikers throughout CAMBA’s Territory, and to create a bicycle friendly community through cycling awareness, safety advocacy and promotion of bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation.


Conservancy for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a non-profit organization created to engage public support for the park and provide services to enhance public use and enjoyment of the national park. Their Trails Forever project engages individuals to help the National Park Service and the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park restore, maintain, and enhance the trails of Cuyahoga Valley National Park—for all time, for all people.




Saltstick makes supplements that have been formulated to provide electrolytes to help minimize heat stress and muscle cramping due to perspiration, in a quantity and form which your body can absorb. This product is ideal for athletes, outdoor workers or for use in hot conditions.

Swiftwick makes “Best Socks You Will Ever Wear”, and they guarantee it. Swiftwick socks are more than just apparel. They are essential performance gear. Each sock is crafted with Contoured Compression® Fit and Fiber FirstTM Moisture Wicking technologies to provide uncompromised blister-free performance. Swiftwick has a commitment to the local community through volunteerism and non-profit support.


Huma Chia Energy Gel makes 100% all-natural, great-tasting energy gels people enjoy eating. Hüma is a great all-natural alternative to achieving the nutritional requirements of any athletic endeavor. The ingredient list does not require a nutritional encyclopedia to read. Using Chia seeds, fruit puree, brown rice syrup, sea salt, filtered water, and coconut water,  we have created a gel people have come to appreciate, love and feel confident putting in their bodies. Huma is also a favorite of the BRFF crew.


All of NOOMA’s electrolytes come from the earth. Their high level of potassium comes from organic coconuts and the sodium is sourced from natural sea salt. This simple, yet effective blend of electrolytes means your body’s fluids are kept in better balance and you’ll be saying goodbye to dehydration, cramping, headaches and muscle fatigue. Try a sample of NOOMA at the Burning River Film Festival.



Mustard Seed Market & Café

Mustard Seed Market & Café is the largest locally-owned retailer of natural and organic products in Ohio. They’ve been part of the community since 1981—a locally-owned family business—our specialty is providing high quality natural and organic foods along with education and information on food issues and the environment.

Wrappin’ Osborne

Beautiful Wrapped Bracelets. Triple beaded wrap bracelets! Made for you in mind and in any color you can ask for. Ask Alyssa about custom orders! Perfect for running, working out, or just for fun!
August 3, 2016