9 Distinctive Trail Races to Try This Summer
Beast of Big Creek Trail RacesAugust 3, 2013 - Hoodsport, Washington 1 of 10
Do you think you have what it takes to be the beast of the big creek? Then sign up for this 20K summit or 10K trail race in the Olympic Mountains. The 20K single track climbs to the summit of Mt. Ellinor and back, and the 10K loops a forested creek-side trail with approximately 1,000 feet of climbing. Camping is available at the race site.
CCC Trail RunsAugust 10, 2013 - Umatilla, Oregon 2 of 10
With the Columbia Corridor Corredores Trail Runs, there are four races to choose from: a 5-mile walk, 10K and 25K runs, or a 25K relay. Those who want to run a shorter distance can form a relay team and divide the 25K distance into thirds. All distances run along the unpaved Lewis & Clark Trail overlooking the Columbia River.
Bulldog 25K Trail Run 2013August 24, 2013 - Calabasas, California 3 of 10
The Bulldog Runs feature two races that are conducted at the same time: the 50K Ultra Run and the 25K Trail Run. The challenging Bulldog racecourse takes you through the picturesque Santa Monica Mountains on a single track and fire roads. It also offers beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean. Sponsor-donated awards and prizes are given to first through third places in 10-year divisions.
Dirt Inspires Trail RunsAugust 25, 2013 - Monterey, California 4 of 10
This year, Dirt Inspires has a new location: the Fort Ord National Monument, which features extensive trail networks and back-country access. The race—either a half-marathon or 5K—begins and ends atop a hill. Although some of the hills can be challenging, the views are worth the effort. A catered lunch and a hot shower will be offered at the end of the race.
WORS Trail Series: TreadfestSeptember 8, 2013 - Lake Geneva, Wisconsin 5 of 10
Calling all treadheads looking to get their adrenaline flowing, muscles twitching and knees burning. Treadfest VII includes an evolving trail system with a variety of terrain and technical features for riders of all levels. There are 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25-mile distances available. Juniors ages 7 to 14 are invited to try the 5-mile course.
Pisgah Mountain Trail RacesSeptember 15, 2013 - Chesterfield, New Hampshire 6 of 10
Run either 23K or 50K through New Hampshire's largest state park. The mostly single-track course is moderately challenging and comes with scenic views. The course is marked and equipped with four manned and unmanned aid stations.
Norseman Bike & Trail RunSeptember 21-22, 2013 - Kensington, Minnesota 7 of 10
Bike, run, or test your endurance and do both! The ride is on September 21 and the run is on the 22nd. Both racecourses begin at the base of the Andes Tower Hills ski hill. The diverse bike course takes advantage of the cross-country trails, downhill runs and trails designed for your bike. You can choose a 5K or 12-mile distance. The run course features two distances: 5K and 10 miles. If you do the "Best of Both," you'll bike 12 miles and run 10.
XTERRA Marathon of Trail RacesSeptember 22, 2013 - Colorado Springs, Colorado 8 of 10
Learn the true meaning of "XTERRA" on these challenging, well-groomed, packed trails. The full marathon, half and 5K are all run in Cheyenne Mountain State Park. The marathon is a double loop of the half. You'll be running to the beat of your own feet—no headphones or ear buds are allowed.
Believe & Achieve Trail RaceSeptember 29, 2013 - Kirtland, Ohio 9 of 10
The name says it all: If you believe you can, you will achieve—either distance. The hilly 5K course follows grass, gravel, dirt, creek crossings and wooden foot bridges. Runners who do the 10K will complete the same course twice. The race benefits Girls with Sole, an organization that uses fitness and wellness programs to empower girls who are at risk or have experienced abuse.