The North Face Endurance Challenge Championships Contest

The North Face Endurance Challenge 2010 Logo[Note: This contest is now closed. Winners were announced here.]

We’re teaming up with The North Face to provide a lucky winner with free entry into his or her choice of any The North Face Endurance Challenge Championship weekend race (December 4-5 in San Francisco’s Marin Headlands), a full Better Than Naked running outfit, and a pair of TNF Single-Track shoes. All you have to do to enter is to let us know why you’d like to run one of the TNF EC championship races.*

The North Face Endurance Challenge Championship Weekend
This year, each of the five TNF Endurance Challenge locations features a full weekend’s worth of exciting trail racing. For the fourth straight year, the 50-mile championship race headlines the showcase of races. Run on Saturday, December 4, the 50-mile race through the Marin Headlands will feature what could be the US’s best ultrarunning field of the year. Up for grabs is $30,000 in prize money with $10,000/$4,000/$1,000 going to both the top three men and top three women. Oh, and there are big bragging rights on the line as most competitors head into an off-season.

If you don’t want to run the 50-mile championship race, but still want to challenge yourself on Marin Headlands trails that weekend, there are a ton of other trail race options. On Saturday, December 4, The North Face will also host a 50k, a marathon, a marathon relay, and a kid’s run. For those hoping to wrap up their season with a shorter race, there will be a half marathon, a 10k, a 5k and another kid’s run on Sunday, December 5. After covering the 50- mile race on Saturday, iRunFar’s Bryon Powell will be running one of Sunday’s shorter races.

As noted above, the winner of this contest gets a free entry into whichever race he or she wants to run. (Travel and lodging are up to the winner.)

Better Than Naked Apparel

The North Face Better Than Naked men's crew

The North Face's forthcoming Better Than Naked men's crew.

Next spring, The North Face will be launching a line of Better Than Naked performance running apparel. The line features super lightweight breathable and weather-resistant materials… that make it better than running naked. While the human body also lacks reflective features, each piece in the Better Than Naked line makes up for this evolutionary deficiency.

When released, there will be three Better Than Naked items available for both men and women: a jacket, crew shirt, and short. The winner of this contest will receive a full his or hers set that includes a Better Than Naked jacket, crew, and short well before they’re available to the public! (Note that the line will also include a women’s Better Than Naked singlet.)

TNF Single-Track Shoes
As clothes can enhance the running experience, so too can shoes. Thankfully, The North Face is rounding out the winner’s kit with a pair of the company’s award-winning Single-Track shoes. As a team of iRunFar reviewers has previously put this hybrid trail runner to the test, we’ll direct you to our The North Face Single-Track review.

Full Rules

To be eligible to win this huge prize package, you need not write a huge essay on why you’d like to run one of the The North Face Endurance Challenge Championship weekend races. A short note will do. The winner will be drawn at random. Entry is open to anyone anywhere! Be sure to leave your name and town. The contest will close Friday, October 15th at 5 p.m. PDT. We’ll announce the winner along with all the other One Miillionth Pageview contest winners on Monday, October 18th.

There are 184 comments

  1. Dennis

    Ran the half-marathon in the Madison TNF Endurance Challenge. Need to reproduce the fun of that race and better the finishing time on the left coast.

  2. Cham

    I want to see how far I can really run. Forrest Gump didn't have TNF on his side, so I should go twice as fast and far.

    Cham McCutchen

    Warrior, AL

  3. Jason

    Dear Santie Clause

    Last year you gave me coal. I hate coal. I've been a good boy this year and would like an early present. I know you can tell if I've been good or bad but if you take out the time in July I barbecued my sister's Barbie's dolls heads off, it would be a fairly good year. Boy that was fun. But really Santa, I've been good ever since.


    Calgary, AB

  4. Trent

    I would love a break from the Chicago city streets and bike paths for some clean air and great views.

    Thanks, Trent from Chicago

  5. Rusty

    Would love to run a 50M at this event! Done tons of them on my horse my horse, time for me to run a 50 solo.

    Rusty Toth

    Scottsdale, az

  6. Adam

    I'd love to run any of the NFEC weekend runs. NFEC Madison was my first Ultra and brings back some good memories of my introduction to a whole new set of friends.


    Minneapolis, MN

  7. mike keller

    I would love to be entered in this drawing. I have run 27 marathons and ultras in the last 4 years since I started running again and I am hooked. I am on a roll lately with diet and training and would love to take my new abilities to the TNF EC!!!

    Please enter me in the contest!

  8. Brian D Purcell

    Brian D. Purcell in Fairfield, CA (pretty close to Marin)

    I'm still in injury recovery mode from an achilles injury in January, but I'd be glad to try either the full or half marathon! Thanks for the contest.

  9. W. Ray Williams

    I ran a 1/2 marathon in the headlands. would love to go back. I ran NF Endurance ini Washingotn DC, would love to try again…This is a

  10. Carol King

    I would love to win because I have never been able to travel to run outside of the Midwest due to funds…would really love to see how the other half lives! Pretty please!!

  11. Jim Coffin

    Would love to run the DC North Face Challenge next year as I get back into the ultra scene after a year deployment to Afghanistan…thanks for your ultra coverage of various events while we were there so I could follow some….JWC

  12. Jason Roberts

    I want to run the Endurance Challenge because:

    1) I'm working my way into Ultras

    2) You're giving away free stuff!

    BTW, I'm running TNF EC Georgia Marathon on 10/16.

    Live in Rockmart, GA.

  13. Carter Swamp

    I am just a wee bit past the deadline buuuuuuut. I want to run this race so badly, I just started running ultras last year and I am absolutely hooked. Unfortunately, I lost my job two weeks ago and my future racing plans are all in jeopardy. A free entry to a race would be super sweet and a real confidence boost! Thanks.


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