Produced by Go Beyond Racing and presented by Nike Trail, the Gnar Gnar is a fun and breathtaking race that will send you up to the top of Mt. Hood Skibowl. Because the race is the USATF Mountain Running Championship, the course for 2020 is modified from the usual run up and back down format, to an all uphill 7.4-mile race. The up/down course will return in 2021. You can see the route and elevation on the course page.
Registration in capped due to the Coronavirus pandemic. You can sign up for the wait list (your card is not charged). We will reopen registration and invite people from the wait list when it becomes more clear what will happen with the COVID19 situation.
$55 (Feb 1 – 29, 2020)
$65 (Mar 1 – Apr 15, 2020)
$70 (Apr 16 – Aug 9, 2020)
$75 (Race Day, if space available)
You do not need to be a USATF member to run Gnar Gnar, but you must be a member if you want to qualify for the Worlds team or be eligible for USATF prizes. You can become a USATF member here. Get your membership number BEFORE you sign up for the race.
Please note that there are no transfers to other runners. If you need to cancel your registration and it’s more than 30 days prior to the race, you will receive a 50% credit toward a future Go Beyond Racing race. If your cancellation is 30 days or less from race day, there is no credit, no refund, or no transfer. See our full cancellation policy for details.
Optional race shirts may be ordered during registration, through July 13th.
USATF National Championship medals are presented to the top 10 overall USA Track & Field (USATF) athletes and top three in each 5-year masters’ age group starting at 40.
All finishers (regardless of USATF membership) will receive a Gnar Gnar finisher medal, and the top three overall and top three in each age group (10-year increments) earn an awards from Go Beyond Racing.
There is also $10,000 prize money! Here’s how it is awarded (men and women earn same amounts):
1st place: $1,500
2nd place: $1,000
3rd place: $800
4th place: $600
5th place: 500
Masters male and female (podium winners excluded so no double dipping):
1st place: $300
2nd place: $200
3rd place: $100
There is an additional $3,000 in prize money from the Collegiate Running Association, available to the top three college men and women.
1st place: $750
2nd place: $500
3rd place: $250
This race is the sole selection race for the U.S. Mountain Running Team where the top 4 men and top 4 women to finish will earn spots on the US Mountain Running Team and compete at the 2020 World Mountain Running Championships which is held in Lanzarote, Spain in November.
Athletes who participate in National Championships and Team USA competitions are subject to drug testing performed by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in accordance with the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing.
The race takes place at Mt. Hood Skibowl. This winter ski and summer adventure park is in Government Camp, on Mt. Hood, in Oregon. It is just 55 miles/1.25 hours from Portland. Information about the course is on the Course page.
We are continuing our Carpool Coaster program to encourage as many racers to share a ride as possible. Plan to carpool and earn your wood race coaster! We can post on this carpool Google sheet if you are looking for a ride or willing to bring someone along with you.
From Portland (55 miles/1.25 hours)
From Bend (117 miles/2.25 hours):
You can find lodging in Government Camp.
When you finish, you and your friends and family should plan to stay and play at Skibowl. All runners can show their race bib and get discounted admission to the adventure park that day. There are a ton of activities like the alpine slide, mini golf, ziplines, bungee trampoline, and more.
Need help getting ready for this hilly beast? Talk to our friends at Wy’east Wolfpack. They provide excellent coaching and training services.
We are pretty active on Facebook. Like our Gnar Gnar Facebook page so you can see all kinds of pictures and stay on top of what’s happening with this race.
We do have a few rules that apply to all Go Beyond Racing races. Be sure you are familiar with them.