After the success of its first year, Salomon has announced the return of the North American Golden Trail National Series (GTNS) in 2022. Runners are invited to participate in one of five races based in the United States and Canada to have a chance to participate in the GTNS. Grand Finale at Madeira Ocean Trails in Madeira, Portugal.
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The 2022 series includes four qualifying races and a final, all of which will take place in Canada or the United States. The top two men and women from each GTNS race will be invited to compete in the finals at Flagstaff Sky Peaks, and from there the top three men and top three women will receive an invitation to compete in the grand finals at Madeira Ocean Trails , which will feature the best athletes from each of the world’s seven GTNS.
The five races that make up the series are:
Broken Arrow Skyrace 26k – Palisades Tahoe, CA
The Broken Arrow 26K features some of the most famous terrain in Palisades Tahoe. From the valley floor at 6,200 feet, riders will ascend nearly 5,000 feet as they navigate the rugged terrain of one of North America’s toughest ski resorts. The course features significant vertical gain over a technical and physically demanding landscape that is mostly above the tree line.
Quebec Mega Trail 50k — Quebec
The Quebec Mega Trail 50k is the largest ultra-trail competition in Canada which includes more than
7,775 feet of vertical gain throughout the course. The race starts in the village of Saint-Tite des
Heads then climbs the difficult Mestachibo trail. The riders will then make two climbs and
two descents from Mont-Sainte-Anne (MSA), ending with a 21km loop in the northern trails of the
Whistler Alpine Meadows 50k — Whistler, BC
Beginning with a massive climb, the Whistler Alpine Meadows 50k is a complete point-to-point race course that offers 9,200 feet of elevation gain. Beginning in Whistler’s Cheakamus Canyon area, the course heads to the summit of Whistler Mountain to take riders along Singing Pass and ends on the challenging windy singletrack of the Comfortably Numb trail system.
Climbing Pikes Peak – Manitou Springs, Colorado
Pikes Peak Ascent is a half marathon distance to the top of Pikes Peak with elevation
gain (start to summit) 7,815 feet (2,382 m). Most of the course is on the Barr Trail, which has an average grade of 11%, is often narrow, winding, or steep with sharp turns and sudden changes in elevation or direction.
Flagstaff Sky Peaks Finale GTNS 26k – Flagstaff, Arizona
The Flagstaff Sky Peaks 26K will feature some of the best trail runners in the world battling it out on the volcanic rim of the San Francisco peaks. Runners will climb the first 6 miles from the base of Agassiz Peak to the slopes of the Arizona Snowbowl Ski Resort. From there, runners will climb nearly 2,000 feet (610 m) in the next mile, peaking at just over 11,500 feet, before descending via a winding track on the iconic Arizona Trail, which stretches for more 800 miles from Mexico to Utah.
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“We are thrilled to bring the Golden Trail National Series back to North America this year after seeing so many
lots of involvement and support from the trail running community in 2021,” says Stephanie Gardner, head of sports marketing at Salomon USA. “By continuing this series of races, we can help invest more in the North American trail running community and provide them with opportunities to compete at the world level.”
For more information on this year’s series, check out the GTNS website.