On August 27th and 28th in Kansas City, Missouri The North Face Endurance Challenge will be hosting it's first road race. Up until now "TNF Endurance Challenge" consisted of only trail races which culminate with the championship right here in the Marin Headlands (San Francisco). The North Face, besides being a bad-ass brand, has been putting together this Endurance Challenge for a few years now. I have never ran it but I have heard good things and it is definitely on my list of races to do. Check out this video...
They offer everything from a 5K to a 50 Miler... and now a road race in Kansas City, MO! If you have never been to Kansas City, MO this would be a great opportunity to check it out and do a little or a lot of running while you're there. I have been there once while driving across the country and it is a very cool city. There is great food (bbq!), the architecture is interesting and quite a bit of history surrounds the city especially with music.
The race attracts some of the best runners from around the world. Here's a cool video of the 50 mile Championship from 2010:
And Click HERE for Geoff Roes recap, the 2nd place winner that year. Dean Karnazes, who just finished Running Across America, will be onsite to support and hand out medals at the finish. Diane Van Deren, who has become somewhat of an ultra-marathoning legend because she had surgery to help her seizures which altered her perception of time will be competing in the 50K on Sunday.