If you thought you could take a breather after last week’s excitement across the country on the UltraRunning Calendar, think again. This week we have some epic Hundreds, 50k Mountains, a Garden Party, and even some Fixed Time Ultras.
Kicking off the weekend in Easton, Washington, is the 23rd Annual Cascade Crest 100 Mile Endurance Race Friday, July 22 at 9 a.m. Instead of their normal late August race date, this 2022 edition is being held about a month earlier. The 173 participants in Cascade Crest can indulge in 22,000 feet of climbing, approximately 32 miles of Pacific Crest Trail, 2.3 miles through the Snoqualmie Tunnel, and one of the best parts of the trails. Phil Shaw of Everett, Wash., knows it – he’s on the start list and looking for his 17th finish at the PNW 100-Mile Classic Race. Live tracking will be available here.
Two 100 miles that are arguably as tough, if not tougher, than last weekend’s Hardrock 100-Mile endurance race, begin Friday, July 22. In Ouray, Colorado, at 8 a.m. is the Ouray 100 Mile Endurance Run (and accompanying 50 mile which begins on Saturday July 23). With over 40,000 feet of gain, this rugged and beautiful route in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado is a real test of high altitude determination and courage. Besides the well-deserved belt buckle for finishing in less than 52 hours, race leaders can compete for a cash prize. The top woman in the 100 mile will receive $1,250 and the top man will win $1,000. For the 50 miles, the female champion will take home $625, while the first male will take home $500. Live tracking here.
About three and a half hours east of Ouray in Salida, Colorado, we find the Top Solitaire 100 starting at 6 a.m. Friday, July 22 in the Sawatch Range of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. With nearly 22,000 feet of vertical gain and reaching an elevation of 13,150 feet, this run is no small feat. Runners will be able to spend time on the Continental Divide and the Colorado Trail and will traverse two ghost towns, traverse five alpine passes and more. The limit for this race is 36 hours and live runner tracking can be found here.
At the Snowbird Resort in Utah’s Wasatch Mountain Range, Saturday, July 23 at 6:30 a.m. EST 15th Annual Speedgoat 50k. The race consists of 11,800 feet of ascent and descent almost entirely above 9,000 feet. Considered one of the most technical and steepest 50k events in North America, Speedgoat is offering a $7,000 purse, with winners taking home $2,000 each, $1,000 for second place and $500 for the third. Bring your poles and the sturdiest shoes in your arsenal. Last minute registration is available at the exhibit Thursday and Friday at Snowbird.
Finish our What’s new in Ultra highlights this week with something a little flatter, we have the Loopty Loop Ultra 4/8/12 hour races in Rochester Hills, Michigan on Saturday, July 23. The 3.1 mile loop course is a combination of single track fire and dirt roads with a mix of roots and rocks. 12 p.m. starts at 7 a.m., 8 a.m. at 7:30 a.m. and 4 a.m. at 9 a.m.
Additional races taking place on Saturday July 23 include the Standhope 100m/60k in Ketchum, Idaho, on Summer 6 hour endless race in Annapolis, Maryland, the Hell ain’t no rush 50k/50m in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Last at the lake backyard and 50k in West Point Lake, Georgia, and the Moose Horn Crest 50k/50m in Sumpter, Oregon.
What did we miss? Let us know What’s new in Ultra in your corner of the country this weekend which we should follow by dropping a note in the comments section below.