8 Races to Get You Started in Ultrarunning
Frozen Sasquatch Trail 25K/50K
January 4, 2014 - Charelston, West Virginia 1 of 9
Run the 25K or 50K through Kanawha State Forest, and enjoy warm hearty soup, coffee, hot chocolate and other refreshments at the post-race BBQ. Sign up fast, registration closes in December and the race is limited to 200 registrants.
Frosty Fifty 50K, 25K and 50K Relay 2014
January 4, 2014 - Winstom-Salem, North Carolina 2 of 9
Break into ultrarunning with this flat, scenic race along Salem Lake. Start on the Salem Lake trailhead and run along dirt trails and paved bike paths. You can run the 50K or 25K, or form a team of four and run the 50K relay.
Big Bend 50/25/10
January 19, 2014 - Big Bend National Park, Texas 3 of 9
Run through the Chiuahuan Desert, the largest desert in North America, in Big Bend National Park. This race has been around since 2005, when event co-founder James Glasscock created a running route to prepare for a race through Atacama Desert in Chile. The scenic race includes a 50 mile, 25 mile and 10-mile option.
5th Annual St. Croix Scenic 50
January 26, 2014 - St. Croix, Virgin Islands 4 of 9
Enjoy the Caribbean the active way and run along the shoreline and through the mountains. Experience unforgettable views of the islands at the 50K. If you're looking for an even bigger challenge, run the 50-mile course.
2013 Bandit Ultra Trail Run
February 16, 2014 - Simi Valley, California 5 of 9
Check an ultra off your to-do list with this trail run in Simi Valley, California. Although the course can be challenging with some moderate terrain and elevation gains, beautiful scenery makes the run worthwhile, and there are several distances to accommodate all levels of racers.
Citrus Trail 50K
March 16, 2014 - Inverness, Florida 6 of 9
Run the 50K or marathon on trails through Withalocooche State Forest. Runners will receive a custom tech T-shirt and post-race refreshments. Stick around after the event for a raffle and awards presentation.
24 Hours of Utah Endurance Races
March 22, 2014 - Moab, Utah 7 of 9
With a 50K option, 100-mile course, 24-hour race and six-hour Nighttime Fun Run, this event really has something for everyone. Run solo, compete as a team of two, or form a 3- to 5-person relay team. Test your endurance while you experience breathtaking views of the La Sal Mountains and desert canyons.
Haulin' in the Holler
March 22, 2014 - Eleanor, West Virginia 8 of 9
Run this trail race though the foothills in Putnam County. Bring the kids to cheer you on and sign them up to participate in the Kids Fun Run. All 50K runners will receive a long-sleeve Patagonia T-shirt and a finisher's award.