Do you have what it takes to finish the toughest sanctioned snowshoe race in the world?
THIS IS A SERIOUSLY BAD LIFE CHOICE. The Merck Ultra can do ugly things to you. We don't want to hype this and we're not trying to scare you, but all due caution should be taken. With over 8,500' of climb and some very steep sections, this is NOT a good first-time snowshoe event or an "easy ultra." Finishing should be the goal as much as racing.
THIS IS A SERIOUS BACKCOUNTRY RACE. We're not joking. We don't want to hype this and we're not trying to scare you, but all due caution should be taken. Not all of the course will be 100% runable, but it is 100% beautiful. Generous cutoff for both distances, this race is absolutely doable for fit athletes. However... this is NOT a good first-time snowshoe event or an "easy ultra." Finishing should be the goal as much as racing.
Dropdowns WILL be permitted mid-race in the 50K, HOWEVER, dropdown times will be listed separately and are not eligible for overall standings, points, prizes, or awards.
USSSA Sanctioned event - members enjoy a $5 discount when you sign up day of and bring your current membership card. More info on our website.
All snowshoes must meet USSSA legal size requirements (at least 120 square inches and no smaller than 7"x20"). Poles are not allowed. Accommodation can be made for blind/visually impaired & mobility challenged athletes -- email firstname.lastname@example.org
For 2020, the Merck Ultra will be photographed by Joe Viger Photography and all runners will take home free downloads of your pictures!!!
Backcountry cabin accommodations available FREE for racers and volunteers! Have a +1? Enlist them to help mark the course and crash feet from the start line!
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