North America’s Hardest Running Races

Whether it’s thermometer-busting temperatures, overwhelming distances, high elevations, fast descents or massive climbs, the following 24 races take competition to the extreme. Enter at your own risk and prepare to enter the pain cave. There are many other very challenging races we could have included on this list, but these epic events should be enough to get your heart racing.

PHOTOS: Colorado’s Hardrock 100

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Canadian Death Race, Grande Cache, Alberta, Canada
Mt. Washington Road Race, Gorham, N.H.
Blue Ridge Marathon, Roanoke, Va.
Badwater 135
Badwater 135 runners won’t be starting at Badwater Basin anymore.
Bridger Ridge Run, Bozeman, Mont.
Grand to Grand Ultra, Grand Canyon Village, Ariz., to Escalante National Staircase, Utah
Barkely Marathons, Wartburg, Tenn.
Grouse Grind, North Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Fat Dog 120, Keremeos, B.C., Canada
Mount Marathon Race, Seward, Alaska
Equinox Trail Marathon, Fairbanks, Alaska
Mount Mitchell Challenge, Black Mountain, N.C.
Catalina Island EcoMarathon, Catalina Island, Calf.
Haleakala Run To The Sun, Maui, Hawaii
Grandfather Mountain Marathon, Boone, N.C.
Wasatch Front 100 Mile Endurance Run, Midway, Utah
7 Sisters Trail Race, Amherst, Mass.
Loon Mountain Race, Lincoln, N.H.
Leadville Trail 100, Leadville, Colo.
Yukon Arctic Ultra
Hardrock 100 Endurance Run, Silverton, Colo.
Pikes Peak Marathon, Manitou Springs, Colo.
Speedgoat 50K, Snowbird, Utah
Chuckanut 50K, Bellingham, Wash.


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2015 Hardrock 100

Staff / July 13, 2015

See how this year's epic race through Colorado's San Juan Mountains played out.