About the event
Running Up For Air (aka RUFA) is a 6, 12, or 24 hour winter endurance challenge that takes place on Grandeur Peak in the Wasatch Mountains. The objective is simply stated : Run from the Church Fork picnic area up to the summit of Grandeur Peak (at 8,299' elevation) and back as many times as possible in the allotted time. While only 5.8 miles long, each lap has ~2,600' of gain and is often tougher than folks anticipate. Repeat this as many times as possible until you Refuse To Continue (RTC) or 6AM on 2/12/2017 (Sun), whichever comes first. Partial laps do not count.
Local time: 5:58 AM
The time of year very likely translates to an entirely snow-covered route so plan accordingly. Watch the forecast and come prepared for anything from blizzard conditions to potentially warm conditions with lots of sun. Participants may use whatever non-motorized equipment they prefer to acquire the summit and return to the start.
2012-2015 took place on the West Side trail, 2016 moved to Church Fork in Millcreek Canyon. 2018 will also take place Church Fork. You will be provided (and REQUIRED to take) a SHUTTLE to/from the start/finish, NO exceptions. In addition to the shuttle, permitting fees, insurance, etc., your entry fee will go towards a ridiculously fun, warm, and well stocked aid station at the start/finish as well as a bare-bones aid station at the turn-around check-point.