Situated in the visually stunning Marin Headlands just north of the city, The North Face Endurance Challenge Championship course has surprised runners with both its scenery and amount of elevation change. Participants are encouraged to train for repeated uphills and downhills of several hundred feet at a time. A majority of the course covers run-able fire road (very little technical single track) overlooking the Pacific Ocean., with occasional glimpses of the Golden Gate Bridge.
The nation's top ultramarathoners will aim to stake a claim to a top-three finishing spot and a prize structure greatly expanded from 2007. Regional 50-Mile champions get $1,000 and a trip to The North Face® Endurance Challenge Championship in San Francisco. Second Place receives $600 and Third Place takes home $350. At the Championship, male and female winners each grab $10,000. Scond Place finishers receive $4,000 and Third Place gets $1,000.