As the last of the snow quickly melts away from our favorite trails, trail race season is opening up across the country with a bang! If single track is more your style, check out our trail race bucket list for some of our “top of the list” trail experiences across the US!
#1: Destination Trail - Orcas Island Trail Marathon
Location: Orcas Island, WA. Typically held in May.
Our first bucket list trail race starts here in our own HQ backyard. The state of Washington offers so many incredible options for trail races, but our eye is on Orcas Island this year. This trail race series offers three different distances: half-marathon, marathon, and 50 miles! All three distances span the trails of Moran State Park, and glean epic views of the San Juan Islands from the top of Mt. Constitution. Extra race perks: This race is dog friendly, so you can race with your best trail buddy!
Location: Stowe, VT. Typically held in October.
For the ultimate fall trail running experience, we’re looking at you Vermont! This October-held trail race series offers a half and full marathon trail distance. The race is organized during New England’s peak foliage season through Vermont’s Green Mountain National Forest. For the ultimate trail running weather conditions, and one of the most stunning autumn experiences, this race has certainly caught our attention.Extra race perks: If you’re a craft beer fan, Stowe, VT is surrounded by some of the most legendary Northeast craft breweries including: Alchemist Brewing, Lawson’s Finest, and Hill Farmstead!
Location: Moab, UT. Typically held in November.
For a different kind of trail scenery, Moab’s trail marathon provides an iconic Southwest red rock backdrop. Distances offered range from a Kids Fun Run 1k, 5k, up to a full marathon. This course runs through some of the country’s most beautiful deep, narrow canyons and ascends up to panoramic viewpoints of Canyon lands National Park.Extra race perks: This race makes special exception to allow participants to cross private property that is not usually open to the public. The Moab Marathon opens up unique trail routes that are otherwise off limits!
Location: South Lake Tahoe, CA. Typically held in September.
The Emerald Bay Trail Run has been dubbed one of America’s most scenic trail excursions. The point-to-point course spans 12k between two state parks, and provides views of Lake Tahoe along the way. The course is known for being a fast trail race without a ton of vertical gain. Extra race perks: The post-race festivities include live music beachside on Lake Tahoe, at Bliss State Park.
Happy Trails! #stayhydrated
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