Adventure awaits at the North Face Endurance Challenge trail marathon in Utah!
*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary race entry to race at the 2015 North Face Endurance Challenge in Utah. All opinions expressed here are completely my own.
I have seized the opportunity to go to Utah next weekend to run the North Face Endurance Challenge in Park City Utah. If you didn’t know it yet, last year I became a #TNFLOCALS Ambassador. If you are wondering what that means, it means that last year I was selected to be a part of The North Face Locals Ambassador program. I am extremely honored to be a part of this program as it has allowed me to be a part of an inspired community of endurance sports athletes, climbers, and adventurers. The North Face has been generous to provide me with gear to test and to share with you my readers as well as opportunities such as this to attend the North Face Endurance Challenge Events. I have also been able to join in on focus groups for upcoming seasons of North Face apparel which has been a great experience.
The North Face Endurance Challenge in Utah is a weekend long celebration of running featuring several different running distances: Gore-Tex 50 mile, 50K, Trail Marathon, Trail Marathon Relay, 10K, 5K, and even a kids race. I have chosen to “run” the Trail Marathon. You are probably thinking, wait a minute, have you even been training for a marathon? The answer to that question is no, but I am in great shape from Half Ironman training this summer. Even though I am not trained at marathon distance I have completed some 20 milers this summer. I am also going to this race with not specific finish time goals other than to finish and to have a blast. I am going out to run more for the experience and for the amazing scenery that awaits. Here is a description of the course and what awaits me:
“This race course will not only start at the highest elevation within the North America series at 7,000 feet but it will also climb to the highest elevation of 10,000 feet. The North Face Endurance Challenge cruises along the Wasatch Back, part of the Wasatch Mountain Range in the resort destination of Park City. Athletes will navigate this world-renowned ski destination using a mix of double and single track trail, ski runs, mountain bike trails and various dirt access roads. Bring your lungs and legs and be prepared to be awe struck.”
The altitude will definitely be something to cope with and I won’t really have any time to acclimate. Hopefully there won’t be any altitude sickness. I am prepared for anything though and will race/run and be smart when I am on the trail. I am so excited about this adventure that I can hardly contain myself! It almost doesn’t seem real! I leave on Thursday and the race is on Saturday. It will be a whirlwind of travel and running but it will be incredible and I am pretty sure that my instagram feed will be overflowing with pictures of my Park City, Utah running adventures!
To make this experience even better I will be bringing my friend Bridget along with me to share in this crazy adventure. Bridget has trained with me through the miserable cold New Hampshire winters for the Boston Marathon twice even though she was not even racing. She is an accomplished distance runner and has even completed the Vermont 100 Ultra Race in under 24 hours. She will also be racing the trail marathon. We plan to get in some good running and a lot of laughs along the way!
It’s short notice but if you are up for joining me for this crazy adventure in Utah The North Face has provided me with a 15% off race code to share with you. If you can’t make it to Utah the North Face Endurance Challenge Series also has a challenge race in Wisconsin the weekend of October 3-4. Here is the information for you or a friend:”
“Run The North Face Endurance Challenge #ECSUT (Sept. 26-27) and #ECSWI (Oct. 3-4). Both events offer trail running distances from 5K all the way up to 50 Miles. Use the code: TNFLOCAL15 (all caps) for 15% OFF. challenge.thenorthface.com“
I can’t wait to share my racing experience with you! Have you ever run a trail marathon? What is the furthest distance you have ever run or would like to run?
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