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. Kevin

    Oh boy! This looks like a LOT of competition but would be AMAZING to get it!

    I'd love to give the NF 50k another shot! Especially somewhere as "exotic" as SF! I've never run on the West Coast and I can't wait to get the opportunity to get out there. My NF 50k race DC this season was a bit of a big bust due to high temperatures and an overall bad race on my end so this could give me a little redemption as well! Got some family in SF I haven't seen in years too!

  2. James

    I'm not an ultra runner yet, but I've always run on the road. I'd love to experience a distance trail event such as the TNF Endurance Challenge because it would be a great learning experience for future events, especially as it would be a great venue supported by a great company.

    James C.

    Arlington, VA

  3. ed werner

    best site for information on ultras-

    chilly weather, hot contest

    #1 north face jacket (xl)

    #2 brooks ez long sleeve shirt (xl)

    #3 saucony mittens

    #4 moeben sleeves

    fyi-my running friends love the bumper sticker

    ed werner

    chicago, il

  4. Adrian

    Can Canadians enter?

    I'd like the Better Than Naked apparel – I'm new to the scene and I still don't have a decent jacket and far too few shirts & shorts. These look pretty great.


    Burnaby, BC, Canada

  5. Jimena

    Yeah…you are doing the 50 on 2011!! Yhat race owns my heart…I will def do it next year. Are you heading out to SF for NF challenege?

  6. Adrian

    Thanks Byron!

    I forgot to comment on the race itself :)

    I'm new to the endurance runs and my one attempt at a 50 mile was a DNF, d'oh. I've more or less written off the rest of the year for follow-up attempts but a chance to run in the gorgeous california hills would be wonderful. No chance of me winning but fun to do it with a keen, fit crowd.

    Good luck to everyone who's racing.

  7. Cole

    It would be an honor to have to opportunity to run in one of TNF races, as well as the motivation with the weather change. Thanks for the entry.


    Pittsburgh, PA

  8. Cheri Redwine

    A time of redemption.

    I just had my first dnf @ Bear 100!

    I hated to end my season on a bad note.

    I'd love to have a chance to finish The North Face Endurance Challenge w/ one last

    hurrah! ~ and go out with a bang for the year 2010!


    Cheri Redwine

  9. Dan

    Awesome prize package! I need to get my Zen on…and I can't think of a better way to do so than putting some Marin Headland miles on my TNF Rucky Chuckys. Count me in!

    Dan the Man

    Portland OR

  10. Kay

    My US trail running, and general American experience, has been limited to GA and NC. I would love to set foot, run and explore trail on the other coast of this nation, especially in such distinguished and inspiring company.

    Charlotte, NC

  11. paul Cartwright

    I won't be ready for the 50 miler by then but a half Marathon would work well in my training for my first 50 at McNaughton in April.

    Paul Cartwright

    Ottumwa, Ia

  12. Evan C

    Run 50 miles with some of the best athletes from around the world in a stunningly beautiful area of Northern Cali? I'd be insane to NOT want to do this.

    Evan C

    Appleton, WI

  13. Bradley

    While I have never run farther than a half marathon to date, I am incredibly inspired by the ultra running community and have high hopes that someday I may join the ranks of those who have gone the distance. I don't imagine I will be ready for the longer distances in early December, but the half marathon (or even the marathon) are within reach.

    My thanks,


    Puyallup, WA

  14. Mike

    If one of us wins, would we be allowed to wager the prize on whoever finishes Medoc first?

    Seriously though, Kay has been winning too many local trail races, we'd like to send her somewhere else to take their prizes instead.

  15. Jimena

    Pretty sure I will Virgil again. I feel tied to it for life since it was my first 100 miler. Ian haunts my dreams with his wicked course!! ha!

  16. Jon Sagner

    Why the North Face Endurance Challenge Championship Race ?

    Because for me it's all about the Zen of the experience. Nothing else. I've lost the headphones & thumping iPod, the color coordinated gear, the watch that tells you every detail of the experience. It's just about me and the trail. I think that is what the North Face Endurance Challenge is all about. The aggregation of like minded individuals looking to match their endurance with the challenge.

    Jon Sagner

    Baltimore, MD

  17. Peter Boers

    Why do I want to run TNF Endurance Chhalenge Race in San Fran?

    Because, coming from SWFL, I just can't imagine running in tights, LS top and a winter hat as I see Bay Area runners wearing IN AUGUST & SEPTEMBER. Also, I have always wanted to visit Marin and see the Golden Gate Bridge.

    Peter Boers
    Fort Myers, FL

  18. Jeff H

    It's like fate is saying enter this contest. My training will be peaking and I will be sharp enough to do my first 50 mile race at that very time. I have a good feeling here guys!

    Thanks for the opportunity

    Jeff in NH

  19. Bill Day

    I'd like to run in Marin as it would be a bit of a homecoming: I lived in the Bay Area for 8 1/2 years a decade ago, but didn't run at the time. Now I really wished I'd taken advantage of all the wonderful trails while I was there. This contest could start me down that path.

    Bill Day

    Broken Arrow, OK

  20. George Flatau

    Would love to do a TNF Endurance Challenge – I've run three ultras so far and am hooked. Love TNF's commitment to the sport with gear and sponsorship of races. They put on great, challenging races, and I'd love to be a part of one. I've got family in the Bay Area and would love to travel out there to see them and compete/complete.

  21. Jay

    Would love to run an Endurance challenge. I've completed 15 50K's and two 40 milers and am looking for a 50 mile race for my next step towards the 100!



  22. Kevin Schraer

    I've never been to San Fran, I need some new gear, a free entry to a race would make me feel like a sponsored pro, and I want to run with Bryon! Thanks irunfar!

    Kevin Schraer, Tucson Arizona

  23. John W

    Dude, that's my homeland! I've been an East coaster since first grade but originally from the Bay area. I've never had the chance to race out there, this would be perfect timing as my sister just moved to Sausalito…hook it up!

  24. Stu

    I am really looking to enter a trail race and would love to try a 50K. This would be perfect since one obstacle for me is the cost of entry fees. I've run two marathons in Malaysia-the Penang Bridge Intl and Borneo Intl marathons-which are class act events for about $25! My birthday is Dec 3rd, so how about a cool birthday present! :-)



  25. Cameron Mehl

    While I've run just one marathon, I've recently become very infatuated with trail running and found that I can go much further on trails than on the can-be boring asphalt. I'd love to do the race.

    Cameron Mehl

    Bossier City, LA

  26. Kelly

    I would love to run at The North Face Endurance Challenge Weekend! I love the promo videos they have put out for the races. Looks like a ton of fun! Count me in!

    Kelly Hubley

    Ridgecrest, CA

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