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Jade Belzberg Wednesday, 23 April 2014 07:56 TWEET COMMENTS 213

10 Quirky Summer Trail Races (+ Win NATHAN pack!)

Spice up your race schedule by trying something new this summer

Photos from the Canadian Rockies Heli-Run, courtesy of Raven Eye Photography.

Instead of sticking to your regular race schedule, why not get out of your comfort zone by running something different this summer?

From night races to "heli-runs" to elimination races, we've pulled together a list of 10 of the more unusual summer trail races in our 10th Annual Trophy Series.

And, to be entered to win a Nathan VaporCloud or VaporShadow pack, comment on this article by Monday, May 19, and tell us about one of the quirkiest races (Trophy Series or otherwise) you've ever run! Note: This contest has since already passed. Congrats to reader Twila, whose name was randomly chosen from those who commented to win a NATHAN pack.


1. Try a Night Race

Photo courtesy of David Manthey

This is the perfect race for night owls and stargazers alike. Beginning at sunset on Friday, July 11 and finishing just after sunrise the following day, this 12-hour solo or relay race covers a 10.3-mile loop along the rolling hills of the Highlands Ranch Backcountry Wilderness area. The course will be illuminated by the full moon, depending on the weather, and course markers include flags, reflective tape and glowsticks.


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