Athletes elevate their game and push their limits
KILLINGTON—Killington welcomes the second annual Under Armour Mountain Running Series, in its second of three races, Aug. 25. In partnership with POWDR, the trail running series is designed for running professionals and enthusiasts alike who want to experience trail running in some of the most beautiful and challenging mountain environments and destinations across North America. POWDR’s mountain resorts provide diverse climates, changing elevations, varying terrain, and are naturally built to push athletes to their limits.
The 2018 UA Mountain Running Series kicked off on July 14 in the heart of the Rocky Mountains at Copper Mountain, the largest ski resort in Summit County, Colorado, where runners will be greeted with spectacular scenery and alpine wildflowers. Next, runners come to Killington on Aug. 25 to take on Killington Resort. Located along the Appalachian Mountains, Killington provides diverse terrain and challenging vertical climb across several courses. The series will finish off at Mt. Bachelor near Bend, Oregon on Sept. 15. The Pacific Northwest offers a lot of single track terrain, coupled with beautiful views of the cascade volcano surroundings.
The 2018 series features an energizing, single-day running festival format offering an exclusive basecamp experience. Runners of all levels are awarded a journey through the unique trails and course design at each mountain. Race distances at each location will include a distance for every runner to test themselves: 5K, 10K, 25K, and 50K. A $5,000 prize purse will be distributed across the men’s and women’s podium for the top three 50K finishers at each race in the series.
“The inaugural series last year provided an inspired experience for all our mountain and trail runners across the country who participated,” said Topher Gaylord, GM of Outdoor at Under Armour. “We were energized to amplify the experience for runners in 2018, with distances for first time trail runners to the world’s elite mountain runners. We encourage the country’s most enthusiastic mountain runners to add these races to your calendar.”
Under Armour Outdoor athletes, including YiOu Wang, Kelly Wolf, Kyle Dietz, Bryan Tolbert, Cameron Hanes and 2017 UA MRS 50K defending champion, Cody Reed, are expected to compete in 2018.
In addition to registration, course details, elevation maps, training plans and more can be found at UAMountainRunning.com. For live updates leading up to and throughout the race series, be sure to follow the @MTNRunning channel on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Featured image by Myke Hermsmeyer
Super athletes flee the start gate during a previous Mountain Running race.