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

  29. Thomas

    I live in the East Coast. Running in the Marin Headland in Dec just sounds a lot better than running in the East Coast. I've done 3 of the North Face Endurance 50 milers and they're well organized races. I highly recommend them.

  30. Rod

    I can't think of a better way to spend the weekend! Hanging with family and friends in the Bay area, free entry into an awesome race, free shoes, free clothes…

    Awesome Contest!


    Grass Valley, CA

  31. Sean Mc

    I'm looking to run my first ultra! Grew up in Northern California and would love for my first ultra distance race to be there where my family can join me in the celebration (hopefully there will be something worth celebrating :) )

    Sean Mc.

    Los Angeles, CA

  32. Chris Talley

    I just started venturing off the road and onto trails and would love to run in one of the North Face Endurance Challenge Championship races.



    Morgan Hill, CA

  33. Ken

    Theoretically a resident of the lovely San Francisco Bay Area, over the last two years I've spent a total of 3 measley months at home. Why? Because I keep getting sent overseas for work.

    While that may sound glamorous, consider my latest (and current) location is "The Midlands" of England. For those in the know (and I don't know why you'd want to know about this location), this includes food that is basically coronary heart disease on a plate. When I go for a run, people look at me like I'm crazy. And since runners are few and far between, I have been lucky enough to have been chased by several dogs to include a greyhound that tore into my side and gave me some lovely scars.

    I return to my home in the Bay Area on November 18th. After moving back into my house for the SIXTH TIME, what better way to celebrate a return to the US than a 50 mile run in the beautiful headlands? I realize that a race held in December in California will likely involve rain. I'll be ready: it rains in England every freakin' day.

  34. Henry Bickerstaff

    The North Face Endurance Challenge Championships sounds like a perfect way to end the year and to test myself after Mother Road III 100 miler. However, I can do neither as I will be at the ortho's office in the morning to see if I am a candidate for orthotripsy to remove bone spurs in my heel. You know you need to do some thing when you DNF a 5K due to pain. Irrespective of not being able to run I would like to enter the contest just for the great gear.

    Henry Bickerstaff

    Alva, OK

  35. Dave A

    I need a great excuse to get out of town on my birthday (Dec 4th) and end a crappy year of recovering from injuries with a great race in a great city with great people!

    Dave A

    Seattle, WA

  36. Jorge Fernandez

    It will be a great excuse to do my first ultra and my first visit to San Francisco!!

    I am feeling lucky!! ..i need to step up training…

  37. Jimena

    Hello…please consider me for the contest. I love running. I love ultras.

    And I desperatley need new running clothes. I live in NY and I am heading out to SF for this race because last year I did it and I finished but I really suffered through it. This year I am much more prepared and I want to redeem myself and get through the 50 miles smiling. I promise if you pick me…I will start and finish race with the BIGGEST smile!


    New York, NY

  38. Dylan Beadle

    It would be great to run the NF50 in the Marin Headlands because a few friends are running it – would be great to join them! I also hear the views are fantastic…

    Dylan B.

    Aliso Viejo, CA

  39. Nathan Jackson

    This would be a good way to use some of the carbos I will begin loading a couple Thursdays prior.

    Nathan Jackson

    Eau Claire, WI

  40. Ferrall D.

    I am an avid trail runner and have been for years – and am just getting into running longer ultra distances – my first 50K a year ago and I loved it! What an incredible opportunity it would be to run in Northern California and to wear gear named 'better than naked":-) A nice change from my beloved running trails in the Metro D.C. area…love your blog by the way.

    Ferrall D.

    Chevy Chase, MD

  41. PNW Chris

    I would like to win an entry into the TNF races so I can get up front, run my fastest for the fist 50 feet, thereby earning the bragging rights of having led the pack in the first leg of the TNF championship. Sick.

    Chris Thomas

    Tacoma, WA

  42. Ted Nunes

    …. 10,000 ft of climbing in 50 miles instead of 10,000ft in 62 miles would be interesting… I'd like to, at sometime, experience the excitement at the 50 mile Trail Championship.

    Ted Nunes

  43. dogpaddle

    After running two 50km trail races and a marathon trail race, it is time to move up to a 50 Miler. The North Face Endurance Challenge sounds like a great challenge to me. Just put the sticker on my canopy window up here in Canada, and I have had a ton of people ask me about it. I tell them to check out the website. Keep up the awesome site!!!


  44. Natural1

    I won the masters division of the North Face 50K at Bear Mountain, NY this spring and would love a shot a taking on the 'best of the west' at the Marin Highlands. After the JFK 50 in November, I'll be primed for a fast 50 miler in CA. TNF and GoreTex put on a great event, so getting a chance to participate in another event would rock! Thanks for the site, the great content and the awesome contests!!


    Chatham, NY

  45. Nicole S

    I've done TNF 50 mile in the past, but I'm just coming off of a stubborn injury, so my first race back would likely be a shorter distance. It's nice that there are several distances to choose from. I am also a huge lover of running clothes from the North Face – I have a North Face running shirt for each day of the week.

    Nicole S

    Seattle, WA

  46. George

    After having a fantastic experience running my first 50k last year, I've been considering a 50-miler for awhile but have been a bit hesitant to try that distance. A beautiful course, competitive field, and free entry should do the trick!


    Berkeley, CA

  47. patrick

    I want to run the race to celebrate the end of my methadone treatment program for addiction to oxycontin. that addiction was one of the worst things that has ever happened to me and without the insane amount of running i've been doing this past summer/fall, i would not have been able to kick it. that drug was so horrible and the effects it had on my life and family is irrevocable, but now as i emerge from the experience…it has left me with a deep and profound appreciation for health, for my body and a renewed love for running that borders on spiritual. i ran my first 50 miler two weekends ago (run woodstock) and placed 7th! at the end of november i'll have finally tapered off the methadone and to run the NF 50 would be the most amazing way to mark the end of the most difficult period in my life and the beginning of what i hope will be a new and beautiful chapter! to anyone else out there who has suffered under a drug addiction and pulled through it, i wish you only the best! you're incredible to me!

    thanks for a great website that continues to inspire me and to help in this long road to recovery (longer, i might add, than any race i've ever run hahaha!)

    only peace,

    patrick thurber

    la salle, mi

    1. patrick

      whoa, upon re-reading this in the morning…hahaha! a little too weepy for my liking, but what the hell?

      "drugs drool. running rules." that's all i really meant to write. i'm gonna go run now and get my dumb ass off of this internet.

  48. Adam Fitzgerald

    I can't make it race weekend but if you have any extra BTN clothes or shoes on hand, I would be glad to take them off your hands :)

    Adam Fitzgerald

    Mt. Pleasant SC

  49. Travis Truman

    I'm a huge North Face fan and would love the opportunity to experience the Marin trails for the first time.

    Travis Truman

    Lansdowne, PA

  50. Edward

    I would love to run either the 50-miler or the 50k. I had to pull out injured from a 50k yesterday (my first DNF ever), and I'm ready to redeem myself! I've been looking for an excuse to hit the Bay Area, too…

  51. Deva

    My first ultra was the Skyline 50K, and my first trail marathon started on Stinson Beach. I love the trails, the people, the views, the everything about that area of the country (except the traffic). My fingers are crossed…

    Cave Creek, AZ

    1. megatomic

      I did aid station work all day long (Gravel Pit/Rockpile/Lift House 5) and then paced a buddy all night long. I had so much fun that I'm signing up for the 50 miler next year. I have to say that you looked great all day/night long.

  52. 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!

  53. 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

  54. 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

  55. 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

  56. 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?

  57. 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.

  58. 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

  59. 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

  60. 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

  61. 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

  62. 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

  63. 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

  64. 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

  65. 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.

  66. 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!

  67. 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

  68. 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

  69. 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

  70. 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

  71. 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.

  72. 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!



  73. 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

  74. 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!

  75. 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! :-)



  76. 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

  77. 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

  78. 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.

  79. 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

  80. 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

  81. 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

  82. 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

  83. 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.

  84. 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

  85. 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

  86. 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

  87. 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.

  88. 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!

  89. 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.

  90. 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


  91. 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

  92. 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 ;)

  93. 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.

  94. 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

  95. 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

  96. 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

  97. 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

  98. 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!

  99. 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.

  100. 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

  101. 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!!

  102. 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

  103. 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.

  104. 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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