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Best Trail Running Races Northwest 2024

Best Trail Running Races Northwest 2024

Runner on steep ascent of Golden Ultra

If you are a trail runner who loves to challenge yourself on diverse and scenic terrain, you might want to check out the Northwest region of North America. The Northwest, which includes the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, as well as the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta, is home to some of the world's most spectacular and prestigious trail-running events.  The team at Strambecco rates the Best Trail Running Races Northwest 2024 based on various factors, including reputation, route quality, location, rider feedback, and the event's or race's overall uniqueness.  

If we had to pick the best of the Best Trail Running Races Northwest 2024, we'd start with two events from the prestigious Transrockies Race Series, which offers multi-day stage races and single-day ultras in various locations across the Rocky Mountains. Two of the most renowned events in this series are the TransSelkirks Run and the Golden Ultra, both held in British Columbia, Canada.

The TransSelkirks Run is a five-day stage race that covers 60 miles and 16,000 feet of elevation gain in the Selkirk Mountains near Revelstoke, BC. The race takes runners through high alpine terrain, glaciers, lakes, and wildlife, with stunning views of the Columbia River and the Monashee Range. The race offers four different options: Full Stoke (60 miles in 5 days), Half Stoke (34 miles in 3 days), Stoked Ultra (31 miles in 1 day), and Stoked Scramble (15.5 miles in 1 day). The race is held in late August and attracts runners from all over the world who want to experience the beauty and challenge of the Selkirks.

The Golden Ultra is another three-day stage race that covers 52 miles and 13,000 feet of elevation gain in the town of Golden, BC. The race features a variety of trails, from smooth and flat to steep and technical, with views of the Purcell and Rocky Mountains, the Columbia River, and the Kicking Horse Canyon. The race also offers four different options: Full Pint (52 miles in 3 days), Half Pint (30 miles in 3 days), 60k Ultra (37 miles in 1 day), and 30k Ultra (18.6 miles in 1 day). The race is held in mid-September and draws runners who want to enjoy Golden's trails and culture.

The Northwest is a destination for trail runners seeking multi-day adventures and those who prefer shorter and faster races. There are many trail running events in the Northwest that cater to different distances, difficulties, locations, and dates. Some of the top-rated ones are the Chuckanut 50, Bigfoot 200, Cascade Crest, and Gorge Waterfalls.

Whether you are a beginner or an expert, a sprinter or an endurance runner, a soloist or a team player, you can find a trail running event in the Northwest that suits your style and goals. The Northwest is a runner's paradise, with endless trails, breathtaking scenery, and friendly communities. So, lace up your shoes, pack your bags, and get ready to explore the Northwest on foot!

Strambecco does not list every event.  We strive to identify and review events that are special and noteworthy.  If you have suggestions on other events we should consider or review, please get in touch with us here or send us a note at editors@strambecco.com.  Strambecco also rates the Northwest's best RoadMTB, and Gravel Cycling Events.

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