The Tushars Mountain Run, now under the renowned Aravaipa Running group boats itself as one of “the toughest most spectacular mountain races in all of North America.” Set for August 1st (tentatively given the current global state) this event is staged out of the Eagle Point Resort in Beaver, Utah, with a 100k, 70k, Marathon, and Half – Marathon course options.
This is a high elevation technical mountain course with each race starting at an elevation of 10,000 feet and reaching elevation climbs to 12,174 feet. With heavy elevation climbs in each of the events, this epic race will have you suffering but upon finishing, addicted and back the next year only to question why you would ever subject yourself to the pain again.
Now under Aravaipa Running, a highly regarded race-directing service with superior event quality and attention to detail, this event is a must do. What separates Aravaipa Running events from others is their incredible event organization, spectacular courses and event atmosphere. With aid stations at every 3 – 8 miles, chip timed race results, scenic yet challenging courses, and post race celebrations, their attention to detail sets the bar high and although you’ll be hurting you’ll most likely be back the next year for more.
The LoToJa was started in 1983 by two Logan cyclists, David Bern, a student at Utah State University, and Jeff Keller,the owner of Sunrise Cyclery. The two men wanted a race that resembled the difficulty of a one-day European classic like Paris-Roubaix or the Tour of Flanders. LoToJa’s first year featured seven cyclists racing 192 miles from Logan Utah to the finish line in Jackson Wyoming’s town square.
Since then, LoToJa has grown into one of the nation’s premier amateur cycling races and continues to be a grueling test of one’s physical and mental stamina. Many compete to win their respective category, while others just ride to cross the finish line. You can also compete as a relay team with 2-rider or 3-5 rider options. At 200+ miles and +8800 elevation gain, LoToJa is the longest one-day USAC-sanctioned bicycle race in the country. Cyclists must conquer three mountain passes as they pedal through the scenic terrain of Utah, Idaho and Wyoming en route to a finish line below the rugged Tetons at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
Over the course of 200 miles, none of which dips below an altitude of 4,500 feet, racers crest three mountain peaks and gain nearly 10,000 feet of elevation.
Take special note of the registration details for this event. It is limited field and there is a lottery.