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7 scenic races that opened their door today
No better way to start the year than committing yourself to a new training goal!
Here are 7 awesome races that just opened their doors for registration on 1 January 2018.
Some of them close within just 4 days and fill up quickly, so check it out!
Pacific Crest Trail 50
An out-and-back 50-miles course mostly on single track trail along the Pacific Crest Trail in the Cleveland National Forest, with changing eco-cultures and beautiful vistas.
The trail features numerous climbs, particularly on the “out” portion, as well as some rocky sections. It begins at an elevation of approximately 3,000 feet, reaching 6,000 feet in the Laguna Mountains.
Traditional Cuban feast at the finish! Tech tees and finishers’ medals.
Where: Cleveland National Forest, California, USA
When: 19 May 2018, 6:00 AM/PST
Time Limit: 13.5 hours
Elevation: ~15,000 feet total elevation change
The PCT 50 is part of the San Diego Ultra Slam. If you wish to participate in the SD Ultra Slam go to the slam registration page after you have registered for the PCT 50.
Registration for the 2018 PCT 50 will open on New Year’s Eve at midnight. The 2017 race sold out in a few days.
Cascade Crest 100 Mile Endurance Run
Cascade Crest is a challenging 100-mile trail run through the Central Cascades of Washington State. The course currently runs as a clockwise loop from the Easton Fire Station.
Where: Central Cascades, Washington DC, USA
When: 25–26 August 2018, 9:00 AM
Time Limit: 34 hours
Registration for the lottery opens on January 1, 2018 and runs until February 5, 2018.
Results will be posted on February 10, 2018.
Entrants must complete an organized trail 50-miler or longer between January 1st, 2017 and July 31st, 2017, OR have completed an organized trail 100-miler ever. There should be no ambiguity that your qualifier is a “trail” run. Cascade Crest 100 is not easy… prepare accordingly.
Cascade Crest 100 is a qualifying race for Hardrock 100.
Trail Work Details
Entrants get to do 8 hours of trail work. This trail work must be completed between January 1st, 2017 and July 31st, 2017 and should also be done with an organized work party such as the PCTA, WTA, or other trail work organization. Documentation of your trail work must be completed using the online submission form prior to August 1st. Trail work can be done where it is convenient for the runner. We recommend contacting your local US Forest Service office for trail work opportunities. For locals, the Washington Trails Association hosts trail work parties nearly every weekend in beautiful locations throughout the state. The trail work requirement applies to all entrants. Volunteering at a race does not constitute trail work.
Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 Mile Run
The MMT is a challenging 100-mile trail ultra over a demanding, rocky course in the Massanutten Mountains of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.
The course includes short but rugged mountain climbs.
In May the weather is normally not brutal hot, but in prior years there was rain and violent storms.
The event is noted for its well-stocked, friendly aid stations and good course marking.
Where: Fort Valley, Virginia, USA
When: 19–20 May 2018
Time Limit: 36 hours
Elevation: ~18,000 feet total elevation change
Entrants must be at least 18 years old and have met one of the following tests by the day entry opens (January 1):
Completed an official 100-mile race on or after January 1, 2015; or
Completed two official ultra distance races, at least one of which 50 miles or longer, on or after January 1, 2016.
You may use a 24-hour race as a 100 miler assuming you complete at least that distance. If you have a question about your qualifier, you should contact the RD ahead of time.
Runners with five or more prior MMT finishes need not have a qualifier.
The Javelina Jundred is the original costumed 100 mile and 100K trail run party.
The race is held on a ~20 mile rolling single track trail course, comprised mostly of the Pemberton Trail in the scenic Sonoran Desert foothills of the McDowell Mountains outside of Phoenix, Arizona.
The course runs along a 20 mile loop incorporating the famous Pemberton Trail featuring rolling single track trail. The washing machine loop format means you will reverse loop direction each time enabling all runners to see each other out on the race course.
The race typically features warm to hot afternoons and cold nights. The dry desert air in late October / early November and the rural location of the race tend to produce a large swing in race day temperatures, especially dramatic at sunset. While we typically see average highs around 82 degrees and an average low of 58 for this time of year, the race has seen temperatures into the mid-90’s in the day and into the high 30’s at night.
Be prepared for all conditions.
Where: McDowell Mountain Regional Park, Fountain Hills, Arizona, USA
When: 27–28 October 2018
Time Limit: 30 hours for 100 miler, 29 hours for 100K
Elevation: 1.800 m+
The 100 Miler is a 2018 Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run Qualifier & the 100 Miler and the 100 Kilometer are 2019 UTMB Qualifiers (4 Points).
Superior Fall Trail Race
The Superior Fall Trail Race is held on the Superior Hiking Trail in the Sawtooth Mountains paralleling Lake Superior in Northern Minnesota, not far from the Canadian border. Beautiful views of boreal forests, the Sawtooth Mountains, babbling brooks, rushing waterfalls, and abundant wildlife.
A rugged, rooty, rocky, 95% single-track trail with near constant climbs and descents.
The Superior 100 is known as one of the tougher 100-mile trail races: Rugged, Relentless and Remote. Probably not a good choice for your first trail or ultra race.
But besides the 100-miler, there’s a 50 miles and 26.2 miles race to choose from.
Where: Lutsen, Minnesota, USA
When: 7–8 September 2018
Time Limit: 38 hours 100MI / 16,5 hours 50MI / 14 hours 26.2MI
Elevation:~42,000 / 25,000 / 11,000 feet total elevation change
Registration via 15 day lottery registration period.
Opens Sunday January 1st, 2018–12:01AM CST
Closes Sunday January 15th, 2018–11:59PM CST
The lottery drawing will be held thereafter with accepted registrations processed and the resulting start list published within 10 days of lottery registration closing.
Kettle Moraine 100
The backbone of the 100-mile course is the Ice Age National Scenic Trail in Wisconsin’s Kettle Moraine State Forest. The description of the course by Peter Gagarin, reported in Ultrarunning Magazine in 1996, still rings true:
“The Ice Age Trail rolls and turns and twists through southeastern Wisconsin, in places a bit rocky and rooty and nasty, in places the most beautiful pine-needle-covered trail you could ever hope for; in places a steady progression of short, sharp ups and downs, in places very gently rolling. There are no deep canyons, no mountain passes, no thin air, no claim to be the toughest 100-miler. But 100 miles is still 100 miles. You still have to deal with Mother Nature, with the night, with blisters and chafing and sore muscles, with trying to keep eating and drinking and running. These factors are always there.”
Where: Kettle Moraine State Forest, LaGrange, Wisconsin, USA
When: Saturday, 2–3 June 2018
Time Limit: 32 hours 100MI (solo and relay) / 19 hours 100K / 17 hours 38MI / 11 hours 50K
Registration for the 2018 kettle is open January 1st at 11am CST through May 26th at 6pm CST or until the races fill.
San Diego 100
17th annual scenic and challenging 100 Miles race is a 90% single track mountain course in Mt Laguna Recreational Area, along the Pacific Crest, Noble Canyon, Lake Cuyamaca Trails, Indian Creek Trails and Rancho Cuyamaca State Park.
Where: Lake Cuyamaca, California, USA
When: Saturday, 2–3 June 2018
Time Limit: 32 hours
Applicants must have completed an official 50-mile race in less than 13 hours from between January 1, 2016 through April 15, 2018. Anyone who has completed an official 100K or 100-mile run in the last 2 years (January 1, 2016 to April 15, 2018 is also qualified to apply.
Applications for entry to the 2018 race will open January 1, 2018. There will be a three day entry period and then a lottery (if required due to more than 300 qualified applicants) will ensure to select the entrant field. A waitlist signup will open immediately following the finalized results of the lottery or after the field has reached the 300 limit.
The latest date for waitlisted applicants to receive a slot is April 15, 2018. After that date, there will be no refunds for entrants and no other applicants will be accepted.
All entrants are required to perform 6 hours of volunteer work within a year prior to the start of the 2018 race as a requisite to participate. We expect entrants to attempt to accomplish their volunteer work on trail maintenance but volunteering at an ultra or other race, or by volunteering at a community service is acceptable.
The 2018 event will again have a Solo Division to recognize all runners who opt to run the entire race without the support of a crew or pacers with spectators only allowed to meet Solo runners at the start and finish line. All finishing Solo runners will receive special awards to include a unique belt buckle. Solo runners will have to rely on their drop bags and the aid stations for all support. Solo runners are allowed to run with other registered runners but must rely on themselves (drop bags) and aid station volunteers throughout the entire race.
The San Diego 100 is part of the San Diego Ultra Slam. If you wish to participate in the SD Ultra Slam go to the slam registration page after you have registered for the San Diego 100.
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Originally published at Running Your Life.