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Canyons Endurance Runs by UTMB

April 28, 2023 - April 29, 2023


Canyons Endurance Runs, produced by Epic Endurance Events, is a qualifier for both the UTMB World Series Finals and the Western States 100.  The event starts in the historic gold-rush town of Auburn, the birthplace of mountain ultras in the northern California foothills of the Sierra Nevada range.    In 2023 Canyons will include a 100-mile distance event to complement traditional 100km, 50km, and 25km distances.  100-mile – Course runs from Auburn to China Wall. This includes a 24k feet climb along with a mix of fast descents and gradual hills to join the participants of the km routes. The cutoff time will be 36 hours.

The Canyons courses are all point-to-point, with a shuttle service to return you to the start.   The 100mile race is an uphill run from Auburn to the China Wall with 24k feet of vertical gain along the Western States Trail and other classic trails. It all starts in historic downtown Auburn then across Ann Trason’s white bridge, up to Robie Point, and jumps on the WS Trail for a fast descent to No Hands bridge. From No Hands bridge, the race turns up the infamous K2 climb over to Cool, down the Coffer loop to the American River, up to Olmstead loop, and back to Cool. Leaving Cool, follow the WS Trail across Hwy 49 to Quarry trail, up Brown’s Bar to ALT, to American Canyon, down to the Quarry trail, and back to the WS Trail to No Hands Bridge to rejoin the 100k route. Take the Confluence Trail to Mammoth Bar to Drivers Flat and rejoin the WS Trail along Cal Street to Foresthill, through Volcano Canyon to Michigan Bluff, down into Eldorado Canyon, and up to Deadwood. Take the steep Devil’s Thumb descent to Swinging Bridge and back up to Loop 6 with amazing views, then back to Deadwood and a significant drop into Eldorado Canyon and the final big climb to China Wall. The cutoff will be 36 hours. Meet your Extraordinary.

The Canyons Endurance Runs by UTMB®, the second event in the 2022 UTMB® World Series, the world’s leading trail running circuit, is a dual qualifier for the iconic UTMB® World Series Finals taking place in Chamonix, France, and is also a Western States 100 Golden Ticket race.   Canyons Endurance Runs by UTMB® starts in the historic gold-rush town of Auburn, the birthplace of mountain ultras in the northern California foothills of the Sierra Nevada range.

The Western States 100 is the grandaddy of ultra-running events.  It is an epic 100-mile trail run from Olympic Valley to Auburn, CA, in one day on the last weekend of June. It is the world’s oldest 100 trail race, starting in 1974 as one of the ultimate endurance tests. Over the course, runners will climb more than 18,000 feet and descend 23,000 feet.  See the dedicated Western States Endurance Run website for details on the lottery process, training, support, and volunteer opportunities. Participants must qualify for the race within two years and enter the lottery. If you are selected as part of the lottery, you are officially sent details to register within two weeks. If not completed in time, the registration will be available to runners on the waitlist of 50-75 people.  Nearby qualifying races include Black Canyon Trail Run, Moab Trail Marathon & Half Marathon, and Canyon Endurance Runs. Register and plan for the ultimate experience that will challenge your endurance.

UTMB World Series is the ultimate global trail running series uniting the sport’s biggest stars and amateur runners through a leading international event series in the most stunning locations.  The UTMB World Series gives all trail runners a chance to experience UTMB events worldwide, with 25 events taking place across Asia, Oceania, Europe, and the Americas in 2022. It is the only place runners can begin their quest to UTMB Mont-Blanc, home of the prestigious UTMB World Series Finals.  The UTMB World Series integrates three levels of events:

  • UTMB World Series Finals
  • UTMB World Series Majors
  • UTMB World Series Events

To qualify to enter the lottery for Finals or Major events, you must collect a “Running Stone” by finishing qualifier events in the 20k, 50k, 100k, or 100M categories.  Only 1 Running Stone acquired in the past two years is mandatory to enter the lottery. Running Stones are cumulative, have no expiration date, and each Running Stone gives you an additional chance to be drawn.  Collecting Running Stones is the only way to access regular runners’ UTMB World Series Finals.  Discover the 25 events that will allow you to collect Running Stones in 2022 to enter the UTMB Mont-Blanc lottery from 2023 onwards here.


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