The North Face Endurance Challenge Series is now open for registration for the 2016 season. The largest trail running series in the world will take place between April and December in six locations across North America that include Washington D.C., New York, Ontario, Wisconsin, Utah and California. Seven distances ranging from 5K to 50 miles and a Kid’s 1K race are available to participants.
The North Face Endurance Challenge is a full-weekend festival with a challenge for every fitness level. The challenge race series was born out of ultrarunner Dean Karnazes’ 2006 quest to run 50 marathons, in 50 states, in 50 consecutive days. Over the years, the endurance challenge has grown fast as the first year saw a total of 1,387 runners, and just last year, the series hosted more than 16,000 runners over six weekends. In the nine years that the Endurance Challenge has been in existence, nearly 90,000 runners have participated.
For preparation, runners can take advantage of The North Face Mountain Athletics Training Events which are free coached workouts in select cities. Each session is led by two The North Face trainers who take you through workouts aimed to prepare you to achieve your outdoor goal. If you aren’t able to physically make it to one of the training sessions, you can download the Mountain Athletics App on your phone to view step-by-step instructional videos that show you how The North Face global team athletes perform the workouts while providing proper form, technique and pace.
Here is a list of dates and locations of the race schedule:
– April 9-10 – Algonkian Regional Park, Sterling, Virginia (Washington D.C.)
– April 20-May 1 – Bear Mountain State Park, Bear Mountain, New York
– July 16-17 – Blue Mountain Resort, Blue Mountain, Ontario, Canada
– September 17-18 – Kettle Moraine State Park, Eagle, Wisconsin
– September 24-25 – Park City Mountain Resort, Park City, Utah
– December 3-4 – Marin Headlands, San Francisco, California
“The Endurance Challenge motivates runners at all levels to experience the trails and challenge their physical limits,” said Katie Ramage, director of Sports Marketing at The North Face. “We are thrilled to bring the series back again this year and attract more people to the sport of trail running. We’ve seen urban marathon runners who have never run on trails and novice runners revel in the success of their first 5K.”
Are you ready to challenge yourself and push beyond your boundaries in trail running? Register for one of the races in The North Face Endurance Challenge Series and start your training now. Do it fast as these events will most likely sell out!