August 17, 2022

“Donuts, Grime, and Epic Path Operating …” guarantees the tagline of the Mammoth Path Fest, three parts everyone knows will make path runners come operating.

Registration opened on Tuesday, Could 3, for the brand new occasion, which is able to happen for the primary time in Mammoth Lakes, California, in late September 2022. The occasion is the brainchild of runner Tim Tollefson, who’s fulfilling a long-time private ambition with its creation.

He instructed iRunFar: “After spending almost a decade touring the globe to run a few of the greatest and best ultramarathons, I needed to create one thing domestically right here in California to share all of my love of path operating and the Japanese Sierra, to assist domesticate the neighborhood round these mountain occasions, and to have it stateside. Lots of people won’t ever have the chance to journey overseas to expertise a few of these huge races, and right here in Mammoth Lakes we now have the proper alternative to create one thing of that scale.”

Mammoth Path Fest race director Tim Tollefson runs a piece of path overlooking one in every of Mammoth, California’s pristine alpine lakes. All images courtesy of Mammoth Path Fest/Tim Tollefson.

The function race is the Mammoth 50k, kicking off at 8 a.m. on Saturday, September 24, packing 8,000 toes of peak acquire in a single loop. The gorgeous course meanders by way of forests and lakes, with a mixture of tough technical trails and nice singletrack. Though the $8,000 prize pot will show tempting to speedy of us, the race additionally guarantees beneficiant cut-offs, making it an all-inclusive occasion for all talents.

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Additionally on provide are the McCoy 26k, one other single-loop course masking 16.5 miles with 4,000 toes of elevation, and the Dragon’s Again Ascent, a vertical-kilometer-style race to the highest of Mammoth Mountain.

Tollefson took inspiration for his pageant of operating and mountain appreciation from occasions like The Rut Mountain Runs at Massive Sky Resort, Montana, and the Damaged Arrow Skyrace at Palisades Tahoe, California.

He mentioned, “What we now have right here within the Japanese Sierra is unbelievable excessive alpine path operating, with Europe-style peaks overlooking the course, and so it’s cool that you may be in California and have that have.”

The timing of the occasion in late September ought to make for a full of life end-of-season celebration, with talks, movies, and social occasions deliberate alongside the racing. Mammoth Lakes already has a budding path operating neighborhood, with a gaggle that meets for weekly runs. And Tollefson hopes that the Mammoth Path Fest will assist launch that neighborhood additional, making Mammoth Lakes one of many new hubs of North American path operating.

Mammoth Trail Fest - sunset running

Mammoth Lakes, California, shall be a wonderful aesthetic backdrop for the Mammoth Path Fest.