Your local Race Directors proudly present the Idaho Trail Ultra Series, sponsored by The Pulse Running & Fitness Shop in Meridian, Idaho.
Here is your 2020 schedule (race distances in parenthesis do not count toward ITUS points or challenges. For timed events distances ran greater than 50K count):
Wilson Creek Frozen 50K | 50K
January 18, 2020, Melba, Idaho
Presented by Pickled Feet Ultra Running, Emily Berriochoa & Amy King, RDs Idaho’s premier winter ultra and trail running party. Becoming a cult classic, the Wilson Creek trails could serve up anything from shoe-caking mud to sub-zero ice or snow. One thing’s for sure: a good time.
Pulse Endurance Runs
March 19-21, 2020, Eagle Island State Park, Idaho
Presented by The Pulse Running & Fitness Shop, Holly Finch, RD
You were always looking for a timed race without asphalt and concrete hurting your feet and joints, where you can enjoy nature while running on trails. Look no more. This beautiful course is a certified 2.5 mile ‘lollipop loop’ composed of dirt trail and gravel road bordering the Boise River and Eagle Island pond, long enough to keep you interested, yet short enough to provide frequent aid. Set new goals with mild terrain and excellent support to aid your success. 100 Mile has a 32 hour cutoff.
Weiser River Trail 50K | 50K
April 25, 2020, Midvale to Council, Idaho
Beth Ahrend, Holly Finch, RDs
The run begins in Midvale, Idaho and follows the scenic Weiser River Trail to Council, Idaho. The run also includes a relay division (not included in the series). The trail in this area is a very flat to uphill downhill grade with good tread ranging from packed gravel to dirt and does have areas of loose surface rock. The course is a great beginner’s run for either relay or ultra runners and a good early season short distance race for ultra runners. The relay legs vary from 5 miles to 9 miles.
The Scout Mountain Ultra Trail | 100M, 50M, (20M)
June 6 – June 7, 2020, Pocatello, Idaho
Luke Nelson, RD
The Scout Mountain Ultra Trail will take the competitors on a very challenging tour of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest outside of Pocatello, Idaho. It should be noted that this is an mountain running event taking place in the spring-time, in Idaho. Translated this means potentially very tough course conditions, and very unpredictable weather as was proven in 2010. Approach this course and the area with respect and come prepared for just about anything.
River of No Return Endurance Runs | 108K, 50K, (25K)
June 20, 2020, Challis, Idaho
Paul Lind & Neal Russell, RDs
Designed to be tough and beautiful, the courses will tease runners with a downhill start and finish in Challis (elev 5200’) sandwiched around some big mountain climbs over 8-9000 feet. Elk, deer, eagles, bears and wolves add to the mystique of the River of No Return, as do the forgotten mines and mining communities, old Idaho traditions – all surrounded by the very supportive community of Challis.
Beaverhead Endurance Runs | 100K, 55K
July 11, 2020, Salmon, Idaho
David & Eric Tarkalson, RDs
Run the remote and rugged Continental Divide National Scenic Trail in the Beaverhead Mountains dividing Idaho’s Lemhi River Valley and Montana’s Big Hole Valley. Both races are point to point, taking place predominantly on the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDT) and the Continental Divide. The length of Continental Divide covered in this event also represents the boarder between Idaho and Montana. You will drop off the Continental Divide at mile 54 of the 100k and descend into the head waters of Bohannon Creek and onto the finish line. The 55K race covers the second half of the 100K race starting near the Lemhi Pass AS.
Palisades Ultra Trail | 100M, 50M, 50K, (13.1M)
July 17 – July 18, 2020, Irwin, Idaho
Jeremy Smith, Jenn Walker, Jeff Fullmer, Katie Ellis, Spencer Wells, Jennifer Saunders, Race Board
Come dance with us in the pristine Palisades wilderness where the only thing that matches the beauty you will see is the challenge you will face.
Standhope Ultra Challenge | 60K, (30K)
July 25, 2020, Park Creek Campground, Ketchum, ID
Ben Blessing, RD
The Standhope 60k is a point-to-point trail ultra through the Pioneer Mountains, peaking out at 11,000 ft over rough terrain and passing along the shores of Goat Lake, the highest lake in Idaho. Entrants will be rewarded with a truly breathtaking and difficult mountain run; this race gets you high.
Resort to Rock 50k | 50K, (32K), (10M)
August 15, 2020, Boise, Idaho – Bogus Basin Ski Resort
Presented by The Pulse Running & Fitness, Holly Finch, Beth Ahrend, RDs
Resort to Rock will be held at Bogus Basin Ski Resort. It has two distances – a 60K and a 32K, a good challenge for both the novice and experienced trail runner! If you haven’t had the opportunity to run up at Bogus Basin, this is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the gorgeous trails up there. To help keep Bogus the beautiful place it is, Resort to Rock will be a ‘Green Race.’ You will need to bring your own recyclable cup or water bottle to use at the aid stations during the race.
Harriman Park Trail 50K | 50K, (25K)
August, 15, 2020, Harriman State Park, Island Park, ID
Jim Skaggs, RD
The Harriman Trail Races have been expertly curated with the discerning trail runner in mind. Every attempt has been made to provide the ultimate in artisinal trail racing for both the wise and sage runner as well as the newcomer to the trail racing scene. The courses for all three distances are in a word, beautiful. Wildlife may abound, beautiful forest and meadows, sweet buffed out, pine needle covered single track, stunning views of the Teton Mountains as well as the local valley.