Contest: The North Face Endurance Challenge – Atlanta, GA

UPDATE:  We are extending the deadline through the weekend.  All entries must be received by 5:00 pm on Monday, October 1st.  We will notify the winner on Monday night.

Who’s ready to race?

If you’ve never participated in The North Face Endurance Challenge before, now is your chance.  We are giving away a free entry to the October 13-14 Southeast Regional trail race in Atlanta, GA

Overview of the Race

The North Face Endurance Challenge was born following ultrarunning legend Dean Karnazes‘ monumental 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days .  The first Endurance Challenge race was held in 2007, drawing together elite runners, ultramarathoners, and average athletes alike.  The courses are all chosen to challenge the individual, as well as provide beautiful and breathtaking views along the way.  What began as a single-day event with four race distances to choose from, evolved into a two-day event, with 8 different races (50-mile, 50K, Marathon, Marathon Relay, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and even a 1K Kid’s Run), held in six different cities across the United States.


The Atlanta, GA Southeast Regional Race

Location:  F.D. Roosevelt State Park – Pine Mountain, GA (I know – not quite Atlanta)

Located 1.5 hours southwest of Atlanta, the Pine Mountain Trail provides 23 miles of ideal trail running experience – water crossings, technical terrain, tough uphill and downhill sections, and plenty of exposed roots and loose rock to try and take you down.

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How to Enter:

1)  Comment below on this post and tell us your favorite place/route to run.

2)  Like The Run Commuter on Facebook.

One lucky person will receive a registration code good for any distance.  Winner will be chosen by random number generator based on post number.  Contest will end Friday, September 28, 2012 Monday, October 1, 2012 at 5:oo pm EST.

We will also follow-up on the winner’s training progress and race experience if they will allow us to share (not a requirement for accepting the free registration).

Good luck!

About the Author:

Editor-in-Chief of The Run Commuter by night, paralegal by day. Father of three boys. Husband to the world's greatest bicycle advocate. Avid runner. Lover of beer and urban gardening. Can be found running with a backpack around the streets of Atlanta, Georgia. Contact Josh at


  1. Lester Li September 20, 2012 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    My sweet escape are the side streets of Buckhead an hour before dawn

  2. Ryan O'Neill (@ryano_atl) September 20, 2012 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    My favorite route takes me through Georgia Tech’s campus, down P’tree in midtown, and into Piedmont park.

  3. Desmond Sullivan September 20, 2012 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    My favorite route is a 10k loop around Perimeter Mall area

  4. Jessica September 20, 2012 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    Running through Druid Hills on my way to work (it’s also part of my long runs on Saturdays) feels like running through the set of Driving Miss Daisy. :-)

  5. Stephen Burkot September 20, 2012 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    Running through Lullwater park on Emory’s campus. Its a little slice of serenity from both the city and my old HS which lies tangent to it.

  6. Kat September 27, 2012 at 11:07 am - Reply

    Favorite place to run = pinhoti trail!!!

  7. graymatterinventions September 30, 2012 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    I love to train at sweetwater state park/tributary.

  8. Deano Montreuil September 30, 2012 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    Favorite place to run: Coosa Backcountry Trail

  9. John McBrayer September 30, 2012 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    My favorite place to run is around Vogel State Park and Blood Mountain.

  10. Natalie Salvador September 30, 2012 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    Favorite place to run is the Bowman’s Island to Laurel Ridge Trail at the Buford Dam (of course with my trail running peeps!)

  11. Paul Portwood September 30, 2012 at 10:18 pm - Reply

    My favorite place are the trails of Oak Mountain State Park outside of Birmingham, Al…Tons of rocks and single track trails

  12. Elizabeth George October 1, 2012 at 8:50 am - Reply

    I love to run all of the ATL! particularly midtown and buckhead and trails like Kennnesaw Mountain and the Chattahoochee! I signed up for the North Face 2 years in a row and got injured and didn’t do it both years! Do this would be great!

  13. Josh
    Josh October 1, 2012 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    And we have a winner… Congratulations, Paul!

    Thanks for visiting The Run Commuter and entering the contest. Stay tuned for more giveaways in the future!

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