You may not be into running (although it is common for hikers to take up trail running), but Race the Peak at China Peak is no ordinary race.
This one-mile uphill “run” has approximately 1,400 feet elevation gain and feels more like a hike. That’s even more elevation gain than Pincushion Peak, for those of you who have hiked that before. Last year the fastest race time for men came in around 24:45 and for women around 28:15! But for those looking for a challenge, it is definitely one to try.
The race starts by a scramble up a steep, rocky hill with no real marked trail. It’s up to you to determine the best way to navigate the rocks – and the other racers around you.
Once you reach the top of the rocky hill, it evens out for a short stretch before taking you up a steep ski run through the trees. You’ll see the ski lifts above and if you chose to purchase the lift ticket, you’re dreaming of the ride down at that point! But reaching the top gives a sense of satisfaction knowing you’ve earned the bragging rights to say, “I raced up to the top of China Peak!" And some great views of Huntington Lake.
This year the race will take place on Saturday, August 17 at 7:30 am. To sign up, visit their RunSignup page. Registration closes at midnight this Wednesday.
There will be a Brew Fest for participants and non-participants following the run – tickets sold separately.