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The North Face Endurance Challenge adds Utah to the trail-running series

The North Face Endurance Challenge, North America’s premier trail-running series, will be coming to Utah for the first time in October 2014. The two-day challenge will take place at the Park City Mountain Resort making the start line the highest elevation in the series. Race distances will range from 5K to 50 miles. Registration is now open, and the race takes place on October 4-5, 2014.

The North Face Endurance Challenge adds Utah to the trail-running series
Chris Raif/The North Face

“The response we have had from runners over the past seven years has been so incredibly positive. We couldn’t be more excited to bring the same level of experience in trail running to more people in 2014,” said Katie Ramage, director of Sports Marketing at The North Face. “Expanding to Utah and Canada keeps the series fresh and allows us to offer new challenges whether you’re a veteran ultrarunner or new to the sport.”

Dean Karnazes, world renowned ultrarunner and The North Face athlete, will be hosting the series that will consist of a total of six events. Events kick off with the New York Race on May 3-4, 2014. Each event will have the GORE-TEX 50-mile, 50K, Marathon, Marathon Relay and Kid’s 1K race on a Saturday, and the Half Marathon, 10K, 5K races, and Kid’s 1K race on a Sunday. Sponsors include GORE-TEX, CLIF Bar and SmartWool.

You can run for a cause with the Endurance Challenge as they are partnering up with Crowdrise again. Participants can raise money to support one of three national non-profit partners of the Endurance Challenge Series: Karno Kids Foundation, Leave No Trace and Challenged Athletes Foundation. Get your friends involved and share your progress on Facebook or Twitter.

The Endurance Challenge Series will conclude in California on December 6-7, 2014 where men’s and women’s top finishes will be recognized and rewarded, and that includes the coveted grand prize of $10,000 for the GORE-TEX 50-mile finishers.

So if you think you’re up to one of the races during The North Face Endurance Challenge, register today to join in on all the festivities.

For more information, please visit Runners can also begin preparing for their race distance with free Mountain Athletics training programs at

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