Press release from ATRA corporate member Under Armour. Photos by Myke Hermsmeyer.
Under Armour, the global leader in innovative performance apparel, footwear and equipment, announced today the race dates and locations for the 2nd annual Under Armour Mountain Running Series, presented by GORE-TEX® Products. In partnership with POWDR, the trail running series is designed for running professionals and enthusiasts alike who want to experience trail running in some of the most beautiful and challenging mountain environments and destinations across North America. POWDR’s mountain resorts provide diverse climates, changing elevations, varying terrain, and are naturally built to push athletes to their limits.
The 2018 UA Mountain Running Series kicks off on July 14 in the heart of the Rocky Mountains at Copper Mountain, the largest ski resort in Summit County, Colorado, where runners will be greeted with spectacular scenery and alpine wildflowers. Next, runners will head to Vermont on August 25 to take on Killington Resort. Located along the Appalachian Mountains, Killington provides diverse terrain and challenging vertical climb across several courses. The series will finish off at Mt. Bachelor near Bend, Oregon on September 15. The Pacific Northwest offers a lot of single track terrain, coupled with beautiful views of the cascade volcano surroundings.
The 2018 series features an energizing, single-day running festival format offering an exclusive basecamp experience. Runners of all levels are awarded a journey through the unique trails and course design at each mountain. Race distances at each location will include a distance for every runner to test themselves: 5K, 10K, 25K, and 50K. A $5,000 prize purse will be distributed across the men’s and women’s podium for the top three 50K finishers at each race in the series.
“The inaugural series last year provided an inspired experience for all our mountain and trail runners across the country who participated,” said Topher Gaylord, GM of Outdoor at Under Armour. “We were energized to amplify the experience for runners in 2018, with distances for first time trail runners to the world’s elite mountain runners. We encourage the country’s most enthusiastic mountain runners to add these races to your calendar.”
2018 Under Armour Mountain Running Series Schedule
- July 14 – Copper Mountain Resort, Colorado
- August 25 – Killington Resort, Vermont
- September 15 – Mt. Bachelor Resort, Oregon
Under Armour Outdoor athletes, including YiOu Wang, Kelly Wolf, Kyle Dietz, Bryan Tolbert, Cameron Hanes and 2017 UA MRS 50K defending champion, Cody Reed, are expected to compete in 2018.
Registration is open for one or all races. In addition to registration, course details, elevation maps, training plans and more can be found at: www.UAMountainRunning.com. For live updates leading up to and throughout the race series, be sure to follow the @MTNRunning channel on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
To gear up for training, visit UA.com for technical trail running apparel and footwear needs, including the all new UA Atlas GORE-TEX® Active jacket and UA Horizon line of trail shoes. Follow @UAOutdoor on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.