Earlier this year, I got a new pair of trail shoes from Under Armour to review for the blog and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I loved the way they maneuvered the mud I trekked through after such a horrible Oregon winter. Under Armour has really upped their game in the trail running department, and to further prove that theory, they’ve created a Mountain Running Series this summer. I was invited by mail to register for this inaugural event, and I can’t wait to experience this. This series looks absolutely amazing and it is guaranteed to be something to be remembered forever!
So what is the Mountain Running Series? Under Armour is offering runners various trail running distances and challenges at three different epic locations across the US to choose from. Or if you are really feeling adventurous, you can try all three! The three stunning locations for this event are Mt Bachelor (Oregon,) Killington (Vermont,) and Copper Mountain (Colorado.) Each location offers you the options of a 50k, a Marathon, a Relay Marathon, a Half Marathon, a 10k, a 5k, and a Vertical Challenge.
Let’s start with a description of the Mt Bachelor event, which is on July 22nd and the closest to home for many of us. Those of you who live in the Pacific Northwest know how beautiful Mt Bachelor and Bend is. The courses at this location will offer you 360 degree views from the peak of a volcano.
Both the 50k and marathon cover two loops on single track, nordic trails, and service roads with some significant elevation gains to keep your legs burning. The 50k promises “lava rock, dense forest, and log features” to keep you motivated on this beautiful adventure. There will be 5 aid stations to keep you hydrated on the course. The marathon will have 4 aid stations and you’ll get log features and some gorgeous forest views. The marathon relay, on Bachelor’s “dark side of the moon,” will have exchange points for up to 4 runners on a team. The half marathon will be a one loop course with similar terrain to the 50k and marathon, with volcanic features and scenic views. The 10k is a combination of bike park trails, cross-country trails, and the 5k is mostly single track on the mountain bike cross country course. And last but certainly not least, the 1.77 mile Vertical Challenge, (which could be an add on to another race if you’re feeling like a bigger challenge,) is made up of dense hemlock forest and starts at an elevation of 6336’ on lava rock and ascends to a finish at 7724.’
The second location option is Killington, VT. This experience will take place over two days (depending on your agenda) at the Killington Ski Resort (Snowshed Building) and you will be encompassed by the Appalachian and Long Trails. August 19th will be the 50k, the marathon, the marathon relay, the half marathon, and the vertical challenge. August 20th will be the 10k, the 5k, and the kid’s race.
The 50k race is a one loop course and you will get to run the entire mountain! “The Beast” offers 10,075’ of total elevation gain and the most breathtaking views of the mountain you will ever see. There will be 7 aid stations at your disposal for this race. The marathon is a two loop course and there will be 10 aid stations for this course which follows dense forest trails and service roads. The marathon relay will follow this course for teams of 2-4 and what an experience that will be! The half marathon is a one loop course with, again, some pretty things to look at. The 10k course is a combo of trails and service roads to keep you motivated and the 5k runs through wooded and glacial maraine. The Vertical Challenge is 1.25 miles straight up to Killington Peak, which will offer you 1552’ of elevation gain.
Finally, the third location, the largest ski resort in Summit County, is the breathtaking Copper Mountain in Colorado. You’ll be in the paradise of the Rocky Mountains with this race, held on September 9th (50k, Marathon, Marathon Relay, Half Marathon, and Vertical Challenge) and September 10th (10k, 5k, and kid’s race.)
The 50k and marathon both follow a two loop course of single track and service roads through Copper Mountain. The 50k offers views of 10 Mile Ridge and some beautiful pine forests and meadows. The marathon will cross over the Colorado Trail and you will have 10 aid stations to keep you moving. The marathon relay for 2-4 runners will take you through the pine and mountain meadows. The half marathon is a one loop course with 4 aid stations and this option as well as the 10k offer stunning views of the 10 mile and Gore Mountain Range on single track and service roads. The 5k is described as “great for the beginner to the experienced runner” and has a similar terrain to the other distance options. The Vertical Challenge, .77 miles of single track mountain bike trails, has an elevation gain of 819.’
Stick around after your event for the awards and to celebrate your well deserved victory. The 50k prize purse to the first male/female is $1,500! Second place gets $750 and third gets $250.
Your registration for this series will get you a commemorative runner package which includes a finisher’s medal, an Under Armour Long Sleeve Tech ¼ Zip shirt, your race bib and timing chip, and a Connected Fitness custom training plan. Use coupon code RUNOREGON when you register for 20% discount! I hope I’ll see you out there!
What: Under Armour Mountain Running Series 50k, Marathon, Half Marathon, Marathon Relay, Vertical Challenge, 10k, and 5k.
When: July 22nd (Mt Bachelor,) August 19th-20th (Killington,) September 9th-10th (Copper Mountain.) Times vary depending on race.
Where: Mt Bachelor, OR / Killington Ski Resort, VT / Copper Mountain, CO
Registration Cost: $125 (50k,) $109 (Marathon,) $89 (Half Marathon,) $69 (10k,) $45 (5k,) $45 (Vertical Challenge,) $189 (Marathon Relay.) Use coupon code RUNOREGON when you register for 20% discount.
Packet Pick-Up: 2:00PM-8:00PM day before races. 5:30AM race day for Mt Bachelor, 7:00AM race day for Killington and Copper Mountain.