On November 5, 2006, American ultramarathon runner Dean Karnazes achieved the seemingly impossible. Crossing the finish line of the New York City Marathon, Karnazes had completed 50 marathons in 50 US states in 50 days, to complete what was otherwise known as The North Face Endurance 50.
Inspired by Karnazes’ monumental achievement, The North Face created the Endurance Challenge Series in 2007, intended to push runners to their limits and promote the sport of ultra trail running.
The competition has grown year on year, and for the first time The North Face Endurance Challenge is coming to Chile. On October 20, runners of all abilities will be able to take part in trail races over four distances.
The more technical runners will take part in 80 km (50 mile) and 50 km (31 mile) trail races, intermediate runners will cover a distance of 21 km (13 mile), and beginners will tackle a 10 km (6.2 mile) trail.
Competitive athletes will be looking to earn points to qualify for coveted spots in ultramarathons such as next year’s Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc – a 166km (103 mile) race across the Alps – while amateurs can compete for charitable causes or just for fun.
Competitors will start from the picturesque Hacienda Santa Martina Nature Club in eastern Santiago, and altitude across the trails will vary greatly from 900 meters (2,952 feet) to 2,800 meters (9,186 feet), giving runners stunning views to take their minds off the strain.
The North Face Endurance Challenge is taking over from Chile’s popular Ultramarathon de Los Andes (Ultramarathon of the Andes) which ran successfully in Chile over the last four years.
Registration for the Endurance Challenge is now open. Prices range from the 80 km and 50 km trails at US$140 (CLP65.000), to the 21 km trail at US$95 (CLP45.000) and the 10 km trail at (US$74) CLP35.000).
For more registration and regulation information, visit the Endurance Challenge Chile website.