Cycling has the Tour de France, soccer has the World Cup, running has, well, a bunch of really good marathons spread across the country at different times of the year. Oh, and mostly on Sunday’s. The North Face Endurance 50 plans to change all that.
The Endurance 50 is a novel concept that allows us runners to experience some of the greatest marathon courses in the county in a small, intimate group, often during an entirely different season than when the actual race is held. The Race Directors and Race Staff of dozens of marathons across the nation have worked tirelessly to make the necessary arrangements to open their sanctioned marathon course on a day other than that of their normally scheduled race.
Now a runner, for instance, can experience the certified Boston Marathon course in the Fall, when the event historically takes place in the Spring. As well, because the Endurance 50 happens over fifty consecutive days, the option to run two or three (or more) back-to-back marathons is now a possibility, and many people have already registered to do just that!
Aid stations and support will be provided along the course, just like a regular marathon, and there will be an official start and finish, along with a health and fitness festival at the conclusion of each run. Any participant who registers for this unique event, regardless of the distance they cover, will receive a terrific goodie bag, filled with all kinds of great free stuff, and an official race number.
Yet beyond the running experience, the mission of the Endurance 50 is to encourage people of all ages to get out and do what they can, to enjoy the outdoors, and to make physical wellbeing an important priority in life. The event is a benefit for Karno Kids, an organization committed to reversing the unfortunate trend in childhood and youth inactivity and poor diet. The numbers are staggering, fully one-third (25 million) of children and teens in the United States are overweight. Together, we can make a difference and take back the heath of our nation, one step at a time.
Look forward to seeing you soon!