Grandeur Peak Challenge – Running Up For Air

ATRA race member


Feb 02, 2024 at 6:00 PM

Grandeur Peak Challenge – Running Up For Air

Main St

Church Fork UT, 84109


Entry Fee $50
(Lowest or Early Registration)

Entry Fee 2 $95
(Highest or Late Registration)

Prize Money: no


Series: Running Up For Air

Type: Mountain

High Point: 8299

Percent of the course on un-paved trails: 95%

First Year of the Event: 2015


Running Up For Air (aka RUFA) is a 6, 12, or 24 hour winter endurance challenge that takes place on Grandeur Peak in the Wasatch Mountains. The objective is simply stated : Run from the Church Fork picnic area up to the summit of Grandeur Peak (at 8,299′ elevation) and back as many times as possible in the allotted time. While only 5.8 miles long, each lap has ~2,600′ of gain and is often tougher than folks anticipate. Repeat this as many times as possible until you Refuse To Continue (RTC) or 6AM on 2/12/2017 (Sun), whichever comes first. Partial laps do not count.

The time of year very likely translates to an entirely snow-covered route so plan accordingly. Watch the forecast and come prepared for anything from blizzard conditions to potentially warm conditions with lots of sun. Participants may use whatever non-motorized equipment they prefer to acquire the summit and return to the start.

2012-2015 took place on the West Side trail, 2016 moved to Church Fork in Millcreek Canyon. 2018 will also take place Church Fork. You will be provided (and REQUIRED to take) a SHUTTLE to/from the start/finish, NO exceptions. In addition to the shuttle, permitting fees, insurance, etc., your entry fee will go towards a ridiculously fun, warm, and well stocked aid station at the start/finish as well as a bare-bones aid station at the turn-around check-point.


No photos available.


Past Event Dates

Held on Feb 02, 2024

Held on Feb 03, 2023

Held on Feb 04, 2022

Held on Feb 21, 2020

Held on Feb 09, 2019

Held on Feb 10, 2018

Held on Feb 11, 2017

Held on Feb 13, 2016

Event Results

View 2018 Results

View 2017 Results

View 2016 Results