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. matt lindsey

    This is one of my dream races to run. TNF Endurance Challenge Championships would be a great running getaway from Central PA to San Fran the first week of December. And another ultra for the year would be a great way to end it.

  2. Mark Owens

    Would like to do this race 'cus I'm stuck running roads/trails in central Indiana and going to California would be a helluva nice change from Indiana in December!


    Indianapolis, IN

  3. Larissa Milano

    I would love to run at the North Face Challenge!! I have been looking at this one for months. I am competing in my first half at the begining of November with my husband (also his first). Free entry and new gear is always a great motivation boost for the new runner that has grand dreams of making it to a 50 mile and an ironman =0)

    Thanks irunfar!!!


    San Mateo, Ca

  4. Bryan Lund

    I have actually been looking into these races online and they look awesome. My cousin Megan Lund, is actually on the US Mountain Running Team, and her performance has really inspired me to try mountain running myself. I'm certainly not ready to start with mountains though, so I'm looking into trail races that I can do. The 10k on Sunday would be great first trail race for me to do, but I also need the gear.

    Thanks for the contest irunfar,


    Rohnert Park, CA

  5. Maureen

    I would LOVE to be able to run the North Face Challenge 1/2 marathon in SF. I have wanted to participate in the VA challenge the last two years in VA. The start is only one mile from my house but I've had to travel that weekend both years. I'm running Marine Corps Marathon in Oct. and the Disney marathon in Jan so the 1/2 marathon in SF would be excellent timing.

    Thank you,


    Sterling, VA

  6. Sharleen

    I've just recently completed my first marathon and would love to run one out of state. As much as I love spontaneity, if I win I'd enter in one of the shorter distances. An ultra would require a little more notice and training for this girl.

  7. Karen Kantor

    Would absolutely LOVE to run the 50 miler!!!! Getting back into incredible shape, but am POOR and cannot afford entries (insert big sigh here). No, really, really poor (day job-work with homeless addicts, great job, horrible pay–afternoon job coach HS xc, again great job, almost no pay…), PLUS I just turned 40 and want to see what these old legs have in them.

    So after busting out some heavy mileage and chasing some fast kids, I am TOTALLY ready for a 50!!!!

    Beggin is not beneath me….

    Signed Karen

    Morrison, CO

  8. Maria

    I will be in dire need of a break from work in December and a weekend on California trails would be good medicine. I ran my first 50K in the beginning of this year and would love to bookend the season with another.


    Duluth MN

  9. Andy

    I would love to enter the race because I am looking to complete my first ultra. TNF is great at supporting and taking the ultra community to the mainstream.

    Andy Smith

    Exton, PA

  10. Anonymous

    I've been running the Marin Headlands trails for over 30 years. North Face has done a great job of highlighting great trails around the nation for its North Face Endurance Challenge Series.

  11. Don

    I love the TNFEC races. I have done the courses in Madison, Seattle, Bellingham, SFO and next week I am heading to the race in Atlanta. With all that running, I sure could use a new pair of TNF Single Track shoes!

  12. eric

    I would love to win a chance at the North Face Endurance Challenge, but I have no experience with such a race/distance. Not to mention, my students (I am a high school principal) might miss me too much if I won….so I hope someone more deserving (who could actually complete the race) wins….good luck to everyone.

  13. Archer Wee

    Is this Global?

    Just done 50km in the local TNF challenge last weekend.

    Would love a chance to try one in the States.

    Archer Wee


  14. Andrew McNair

    I turn 40 this year so what better

    way to celebrate than to do a big

    run with some new gear:-)

    I'm from Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

  15. dave

    Pick me please! I am a poor medical student who can still run fairly fast + want to race and redeem myself this year from my embarasing loss last ;)

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

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