The Canyons Endurance Runs bring you back to where it all started: the Birthplace of Mountain Ultras
Join us May 2, 2015
for our 2nd annual Endurance Runs through
the canyons of the Historic Western States Trail. New this year is the Canyons 100K along with the original 50K.
Come explore the Canyons of the Iconic WS Trail! You will encounter the most scenic and difficult sections of the WS trail. Great panorama vistas of the Sierras from Desolation to rarely seen intimate canyon/river views. You will run through beautiful oak and pine canopied forests on some of the fastest descents and steepest climbs anywhere. Crossing streams and old wooden bridges through historic settlements, you might hear prospectors and mules on their quest for the mother lode, as you follow the same trail they did over 150 years ago. You can also imagine the likes of Gordy Ainsleigh, Ann Trason, and Tim Twietmeyer as they pioneered the sport of ultra running. Come explore the Canyons and follow in the footsteps of Pioneers that made this legendary trail so special. The post party will feature hot grilled food with lots of cold drinks to enjoy. The famous trucker hat will be back too!
The 100K is new for this year. Continuing on the same historic path as the 50K and beyond to the American River on the Cal loop, destined to become a Spring classic. The 100K is NOW an UTMB qualifying race worth 3 points, and our goal is to become a WS100 qualifier for next year. We will strive to meet the necessary standards which means a sufficient number of finishers, so come experience 100K on the WS Trail and bring a friend!
"Congratulations to both of you for putting together such a fine and fun run. What a great day! I know you had no control over the weather but it doesn't get any better than Saturday and the course is beloved (sometimes "be-hated") by many, but you put it all together for us. Thanks.
I love the the laid back atmosphere, the cool swag and those most excellent lemon/blueberry rice bars at Deadwood. I figured the recipe was in in the Portables cookbook, making a batch today!
Mostly I appreciate the extended cut-off, and the longer volunteer commitment, that allowed for more people to go out and experience that trail while marked and supported.
Great job, great day, see you next year."
"Chaz, congrats on an awesome race - by far and away the best first time ultra I've ever experienced. You really nailed it. The trucker hats with your super embroidered logo are great - it is a quality premium item. And the cups - great swag."
KARL HOAGLAND, Editor of UltraRunning Magazine
"Just wanted to say thanks for a great introduction to US trail running, in arguably the place the sport was born. Fantastic atmosphere with friendly people. I'm sure I'll be back over here for more. Great organisation, especially for an inaugural race." Darryl Chiles, United Arab Emirates