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. megatomic

    I would like to run in TNF Endurance Challenge 50K as I've never had the opportunity to run in the pacific northwest. I've read so much about the trails in northern CA… And TNF is one of my favorite gear companies, this would be an awesome experience for me, or any runner for that matter. Thanks for the chance to try and win this opportunity.

    1. kelly kb

      Running the NF50 in the Marin Headlands would be an amazing adventure and I could see my sister too! I have studied the rocks from that area over the past three years so having a chance to run over them would be fantastic. Thanks for having these contests, any chance to win free running gear, especially for a grad student, is welcome.

      K. Bradbury

      Smithfield, UT

  2. Jon

    Wait… I can run on the same course that saw Uli and Geoff go head-to-head last year? Plus Matt and Kyle the year before? That's reason enough for me right there.

    Jon Allen

    Greenville, SC

  3. Jeff

    Free entry to The North Face Endurance Challenge? I can think of no better way for me to return to the 50-mile distance!

    Jeff Lorow

    Mechanicsburg, PA

  4. Anonymous

    Why not? I figure why not add one more ultra onto my resume this season, while gaining so valuable west coast racing experience. I am not sure if my coach would approve, although here is my rational. My lucky number is three and three squared is nine and having the opportunity to run in the North Face Challenge would put me at 9 races for the year, I think it is meant to be!

    Aliza Lapierre

  5. Gabe

    Hello, Would love to win the prize. I have been looking for my first ultra and this would be a great one. Been reading and inspired by iRunFar for a while. Good work. Gave

  6. Mike

    I've enjoyed watching the Youtube video of Geoff and Uli running from last year, would love to participate in the 50 miler since I can't do the one in Georgia in 2 weeks.


    Charlotte, NC

  7. Shad

    This would be a great event to follow up my Leadville finish with and a great way to end the year! Plus most of my gear is Northface so it would be a win-win.


    Boulder, CO

  8. Tracy K

    After struggling with a nerve injury in my leg the past year, the North Face race would be a fantastic comeback race. I'd love to participate! –Tracy K, Santa Fe, NM

  9. Jacob W

    Trail running is one of the few sports where "the masses" (i.e. two-bit shmucks like me) can line up side by side with "the elites". The opportunity to do just that at a big race like the TNF EC would be a huge highlight for any middle-of-the-pack runner.

    Jacob W

    Santa Fe, NM

  10. ScottTomKretz

    I've been hooked on the ultra distance since about January, and have been nearly obsessed since running my first 50k race in July. I've been dying to get in a 50-miler, and having seen pictures of the course can't think of a more enjoyable locale to break into the distance at.

    Scott T. Kretz

    Alamosa, Colo.

  11. Harris Brenner

    I'd love an opportunity to represent the east coast while running a terrific trail race put on by The North Face. I've volunteered for a TNF Endurance Challenge event in the past but now I'm ready to run one instead and none are better than the championship in SF!


    Harris Brenner

    Newtown, PA

  12. jenny

    I would love to have the opportunity to run a 50 mile race in the headlands. I have always been intrigued with miwok and the headlands area, and i think it would be such a wonderful experience. Also, I have a good friend who is running this race, and I think he'll be one of the top runners ( or win he has ran well there in the past) and I think it would be great to be able to cheer him on :o)

  13. Mauricio Solis

    As a new runner looking for new goals to achieve, the North Face Endurance Challenge Championship seems to be the perfect solution to expand and conquer this goal. Winning the entry and gear will be the perfect ticket for it. Just get on a plane and run!

    Mauricio Solis,

    Jonesboro, AR

  14. Kristin Zosel

    ooooh, there's nothing like marin in the fall… and given the poison oak in the area, a sweet north face kit would definitely be better than nakedness! bring on the boudin sourdough, the local espresso roasts, and the sanfran G's dark chocolate… after the race!

    Kristin Zosel

    Eugene, OR

  15. CJ LaFond

    My first race ever, leading to an addiction, was TNF Madison two years ago. I ran the 10k and enjoyed it so much I signed up for the Half as soon as registration opened for the 2009 event. For 2010 a schedule conflict forced me choose a different race, I had planned on the 50k (I am running Glacial Trail 50k on 10/10).

    If I were to win entry to the December event I could keep my streak alive. North Face puts on a great series, I was disappointed to miss this year!

    CJ LaFond

    Madison, WI

  16. Jim Norton

    I'd love a shot at running TNF Endurance Challenge in the Marin Headlands… I ran my first two ultra's this last summer and I'd love to add another to the list! I'd considered trying to make it to this race prior to this contest but $$$ is tight right now: This contest would make it feasible.


    Seattle WA

  17. Mark Ryan

    It would be an amazing experience to run such a world class event and to see how high TNF sets the bar at their races. Also my coach and 2 other guys from the running club are running the race so adding a little more Edmonton falvour would be a great thing. Finally, free gear is always good and the single track look like a great option for winter running up here in the Great White North.


    Edmonton, Alberta

  18. Marty Lindemann

    I would love to run this ultra on the west coast! Thanks for the contest and Bryon, your site is fantastic and congratulations on 1,000,000!!

  19. Jesse B

    I would like to run TNF challenge 50 in San Francisco because I loved the Miwok course so much. It's an awesome place to run.


    Folsom CA

  20. Heidi Dietrich

    I would love to run The North Face 50 miler! I was planning on Miwok this year, but since it conflicted with Opening Day (for rowing), I had to bail. Would be so amazing to run in the Headlands. Though I lived in the Bay Area for grad school, I wasn't a trail runner back then, so I've never done it!

  21. Gilbert L.

    Looking for a reason to buck up and run my first 50-miler… free entry to TNFEC sounds as good as any other, right?

    Gilbert L.

    Los Angeles, CA

  22. Cheri Hall

    I would love to run the North Face 50 miler and wear the new running clothes and shoes to make me feel even faster and of course look even faster. I have never ran a trail race outside of Ms. or Alabama.

    Thanks for the Chance,


  23. Jon

    I would like to run the North Face 50 miler since it's totally my old home turf and looks totally stunning. It would be nice to escape the desert for a little while.


    Tempe, AZ

  24. Mariko

    I first started running more than 20 years ago in the Bay Area, so there's definitely a special place in my heart for those Bay Area trails. I'd love to revisit them, and I'd love the gear, because nobody wants to see me naked.


    Portland, OR

  25. Stack

    I just ran my first ultra this past weekend and loved it… have thought about TNF 'challenge' races and think it would be awesome to run in a race from such a successful series.

  26. Theresa

    Have done one 50K ultra on an Island on the East Coast: loved it!…would love the opportunity to do another on the West Coast. What a way to end the year! add on the experience of a lifetime in a great event, free gear and te chance to challenge myself; WOW! :)


    Camden, Maine

  27. Kent Keeler

    I have been training and racing mainly on the road, but would love to try an off-road race and see what I've been missing! The clothes would be an added bonus!

    Kent Keeler

    Thorold, ON, Canada

  28. Branton

    I attempted my first 50 miler this spring, but was undertrained and slightly injured. I had to drop after 35 miles and have been itching to get out there to try another 50 miler again.


    Issaquah, WA

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