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We still have two official weekends of summer left on our UltraRunning Calendar and plenty of events to cover. For September 9-10, we’re highlighting two challenging point-to-point 100-milers, Canada’s largest ultrarunning festival and a collection of other fun events in unique places.
Just a few hours southwest of UltraRunning Magazine headquarters in Williams, Oregon, is the Pine to Palm 100 on Saturday, September 9. Pine to Palm is a remote and rugged point-to-point course, traversing the Siskiyou Mountains in Southern Oregon, winding its way east to Ashland on a mixture of single-track and fire roads, with less than 4 miles of pavement. The course boasts over 20,000 feet of climbing and descending, with three epic climbs up to 7,000 feet, and features fantastic views of Mount Shasta and Mount McLaughlin. Live tracking here. Read: Pine to Palm 100: Help Along the Way by Stephen Strauss and Pine to Pain by Erik Price.
Traveling east to Kaysville, Utah, is another brutal 100-mile race in the form of the 43rd annual Wasatch Front 100 Mile Endurance Run beginning on Friday, September 8. The point-to-point event stretches from East Mountain Wilderness Park to Soldier Hollow and covers some of the most beautiful scenery the Wasatch Mountains have to offer. With a cumulative gain of approximately 24,000 feet, a loss of 23,000 feet and run at altitudes above 6,500 feet for nearly the entire length, the Wasatch 100 is arguably the toughest race on the calendar this week. Read: Weather at Wasatch 100 by race director John Moellmer.
Flying northeast across the border to La Malbaie, Québec, we find ourselves landing at the largest trail and ultrarunning festival in Canada, the Ultra-Trail Harricana™ du Canada (UTHC) starting on Friday, September 8 and finishing up on Sunday, September 10. UTHC offers three ultra-distance events: 65k, 80k and 125k, as well as five sub-ultra distances. The ultras are all point-to-point with the perfect mix of flowing singletrack and technical terrain in Canada’s wild backcountry of Charlevoix. There are 2,500 athletes from around the world expected to attend the event.
Check out our UltraRunning Calendar for more races happening this weekend, as well as the 30th Haliburton Forest Trail Races 50k/50/100-miler in West Guildford, Ontario, the Superior Fall Trail Races 50/100-miler in Two Harbors, Minnesota, the Lost Soul Ultra 50k/100k/100-miler in Lethbridge, Alberta, the Virgil Crest 50k/50-mile/100k/100-miler in Cortland, New York, the Hawk Hundred 50/75/100-miler in Lawrence, Kansas, the Mogollon Monster 100-miler in Pine, Arizona, and the Run Woodstock 50k/50-mile/100k/100-mile in Pinckney, Michigan.
What’s Up In Ultra in your community this weekend? Let us know what we missed by leaving a comment below.