Ultra Race Of Champions Moves To Auburn, Calif.

Stephanie Howe placed second in the 2013 Ultra Race of Champions in Colorado. Photo: Competitor
Stephanie Howe placed third in the 2013 Ultra Race of Champions in Colorado. Photo: Brian Metzler

The fifth annual UROC race moves to its third venue for 2015.

After two years in Virginia and two more in Colorado, the Ultra Race of Champions (UROC) will be held in Auburn, Calif., in 2015. The 100K UROC event will be Sept. 26, 2015, along with the Über Rock 50K and Cruxy Half Marathon.

The 100K will include a $21,500 prize purse, including $5,000 prizes for the winners. Registration opens on Oct. 25 at UROC.com.

Race organizers selected the new host location because of Auburn’s long history with endurance races—most notably the Western States 100—and the wide range of accessible trails along the American River and on the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

“Auburn is well-equipped and well versed for endurance races, already hosting several long-distance running and biking events,” says event organizer Russell Gill. “The area is extremely beautiful and easily accessible from San Francisco, Sacramento and Reno and has all the qualities and amenities we looked for when searching for a new host location of this championship event.”

Bad to the Bone Endurance Sports, the Virginia company behind the Ultra Race of Champions, will partner with NorCalUltras to put on the races.

“Having UROC in my backyard is very exciting” says Julie Fingar, CEO of NorCalUltras and a veteran ultrarunner. “I personally know and train on the trails where the race will be run and can attest to their beauty.  Participants will love the course and I cannot wait to showcase it during the race.  I really look forward to working with Gill and Francesca to put on a world-class event.”

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