US Mountain Running Championships: Events for all ages and abilities

    Central Oregon’s Mt. Bachelor is a popular winter destination for skiers, riders and snowshoers, but did you know it’s also a first class destination for adventurous trail runners? Free from winter time crowds, the mountain is a rugged but approachable challenge with epic views of nearby Broken Top and Sisters mountains. Now almost 5 years after the demise of MBSEF’s Sunrise to Summit, trail racing is coming back to the slopes of Mt. Bachelor with the USA Mountain Running Championships – an official USA Track & Field event. Taking place Saturday, July 25 at Sunrise Lodge, the event features 3 races: a 12k championship for men; 8k championship for women; and a 4k open race for youth runners or anyone new to mountain running. All the races take place on a challenging 4k loop that climbs and descends 820’.

    Considered the most competitive sub-ultra distance trail race in the United States each year, this championship is coming to Oregon after 5 years in New Hampshire. Top finishers go on to represent Team USA at the World Mountain Running Championships in September, while overall and age group national champions are named – all competing for $16,000 in cash and a year of bragging rights. What also makes this championship special is that anyone – you! – can toe the start line and see how you stack up against the top trail runners in the country. Unlike national championships in track & field, the marathon, and other road distances, there is no qualifying required for the USA Mountain Running Championships. In fact, last year’s championships at Loon Mountain in New Hampshire had over 500 finishers…

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