Categories: Races

2018 The North Face 50 Mile Championships Canceled

We just received word that the 2018 The North Face Endurance Challenge 50 Mile Championships, which were scheduled for this Saturday, November 17, have been canceled due to air-quality concerns. In iRunFar’s nine-plus years of covering races live, this is the first time a race has been fully canceled. Our hearts go out to those whose lives have been affected by California’s wildfires.

Poor air quality has been present in the region for days due to the large and destructive Camp Fire, located about 160 miles northeast of the San Francisco Bay Area in Butte County, California.

The race organization is donating the entire cash prize purse ($30,000), clothing, and the extra food and drink not being used for the event to firefighting and relief efforts.

Below is the race organization’s full announcement. You can visit the race’s website for the announcement, as well.

Thanks to The North Face, BUFF, and Jaybird for supporting iRunFar’s TNF 50 race coverage.

Meghan Hicks

is iRunFar.com's Managing Editor and the author of 'Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running.' The converted road runner finished her first trail ultramarathon in 2006 and loves using running to visit the world's wildest places.

View Comments

  • That’s classy and good of the race organization to make those donations. Sorry for all the runners who’ve worked hard to prepare, but yeah, TNF made the right call.

    Cancel reply

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked*

  • @its_a_joke: I hear he's getting the CR anyway.

    Cancel reply

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked*

  • Walmsley ought to sue for lost wages (sarcasm font).

    Cancel reply

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked*

  • It was the right decision, and TNF handled it with grace.

    Does anyone know whether some of the elites fly over to the east coast to start at JFK50?

    Cancel reply

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked*

    • I'd expect from two-to-four folks that made our previews to head east to run JFK instead.

      Cancel reply

      Leave a Reply

      Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked*

  • There are countless miles of work and sweat now rendered into non-existence (two of my own office mates were signed up for the 50K), but I applaud TNF's decisions.

    Cancel reply

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked*

    • There are a million other races folks can run. That fitness doesn't go away overnight.

      Cancel reply

      Leave a Reply

      Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked*

  • It’s very cool to see TNF helping with the announcement of the donations. Thank you TNF for demonstrating tangible leadership and offering up more than simply thoughts and prayers.

    Cancel reply

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked*

    • +1

      Cancel reply

      Leave a Reply

      Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked*

  • Prayers to all those effected by the Fires and Runners - Volunteers to remain safe,

    Cancel reply

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked*

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked*

Share
Published by
Meghan Hicks

Recent Posts

Running on Science: Fact or Fiction?

The Running on Science column busts four running myths with current scientific understanding.

November 19, 2019

This Week in Running: November 18, 2019

This Week In Running’s trail and ultra recap for November 18, 2019.

November 18, 2019

YiOu Wang, 2019 TNF 50 Champion, Interview

A video interview (with transcript) with YiOu Wang after her win at the 2019 TNF 50.

November 17, 2019

Seb Spehler and Thibaut Garrivier Post-2019 TNF 50 Interview

A video interview (with transcript) with Sébastien Spehler and Thibaut Garrivier after their first and third-place finishes, respectively, at the…

November 17, 2019

Anne-Marie Madden Post-2019 TNF 50 Interview

A video interview (with transcript) with Anne-Marie Madden after her second-place finish at the 2019 TNF 50.

November 17, 2019

Darren Thomas Post-2019 TNF 50 Interview

A video interview (with interview) with Darren Thomas after his second-place finish at the 2019 TNF 50.

November 17, 2019