Donuts, Dust, and Epic Path Working: The Launch of the Mammoth Path Fest

“Donuts, Dust, and Epic Path Working …” guarantees the tagline of the Mammoth Path Fest, three components everyone knows will make path runners come working.

Registration opened on Tuesday, Could 3, for the brand new occasion, which can 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 advised iRunFar: “After spending almost a decade touring the globe to run among the largest and best ultramarathons, I needed to create one thing domestically right here in California to share all of my love of path working and the Jap 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 have now the right alternative to create one thing of that scale.”

Mammoth Path Fest race director Tim Tollefson runs a bit of path overlooking one in every of Mammoth, California’s pristine alpine lakes. All photographs 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 achieve in a single loop. The gorgeous course meanders by forests and lakes, with a mixture of difficult technical trails and nice singletrack. Though the $8,000 prize pot will show tempting to speedy people, the race additionally guarantees beneficiant cut-offs, making it an all-inclusive occasion for all skills.

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Additionally on supply are the McCoy 26k, one other single-loop course overlaying 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 competition of working 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 have now right here within the Jap Sierra is unimaginable excessive alpine path working, with Europe-style peaks overlooking the course, and so it’s cool that you would be able to 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 working 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 working.

Mammoth Trail Fest - sunset running

Mammoth Lakes, California, might be a superb aesthetic backdrop for the Mammoth Path Fest.