Could you be a Golden Hawk?
The Golden Hawk Endurance Challenge Slam challenges runners to run ESR -- Every Single Race -- all six of them, on the Trail Hawks calendar in a single season, from Pi Day to Sanders Saunter. In races with multiple distances, you can choose any distance. The key is ESR.
New this year, we're also adding a small volunteer requirement. To complete the Golden Hawk, you must also volunteer at a local trail running event. This could mean you man an aid station at a race, participate in a trail work day, or whatever else you can think of. The goal is not for this to be onerous -- no minimum number of hours, all on the honor system -- just at some point you have to give a few hours back in the spirit of kindness to life and land.
Golden Hawk candidates are also strongly encouraged to attend the 2020 All-Hands Meeting on January 11, 2020, where the Golden Hawk Challenger Class will be publicly inducted in an "Imperious Rex" ceremony. Finishers will get their swag and be honored at the All-Hands Meeting 2021, following which, the next Challenger Class will be inducted.
Our races can be found at trailhawks.com, but here's the list of the 2020 Golden Hawk races and dates. At the end of each race, if you've notched a "finish" per that race's distances and rules, you survive and advance to the next round.
Pi Day River Rotation Mary, Half-Mary, Pi Miler (5k) (March 14, 2020)
Skyline Shuffle 5k (DATE CHANGE July 12, 2020)
Night Hawk 50K & 20 & 10 Milers (DATE CHANGE August 1, 2020)
HAWK Hundred, 50 & 26.2 Mile (Sept. 5-6, 2020)
Shoreline Shuffle 5k (Sept. 26, 2020)
Sanders Saunter 50K, 25K & 10K (Nov. 7, 2020)
Entry Fees and Swag
The Golden Hawk entry fee is $90 ($80 for dues-paying Trail Hawks, contact event director Meryl Carver-Allmond for the discount code). You must still pay the entry fees for each race, although we will be working with race directors for special Golden Hawk discounts where possible.
Local time: 4:10 PM
Your Golden Hawk entry fee covers a Golden Hawk 2020 buff for all entrants, and a personalized hand-thrown pottery mug for all finishers. It will also include a TBD piece of Golden Hawk apparel for finishers.
Your total miles will be included on the mug and apparel! If you run the max distances in each race, for instance, you are a finisher "Golden Hawk 194.4 Mi." Minimum distances -- you are "Golden Hawk 47.7 Mi." We'll track what you do throughout the year and put that number, with your name on the finisher's swag.
Can you run ESR? If so, you could be a GOLDEN HAWK!