The 2018 North Face Endurance Challenge Championship, scheduled for Saturday, November 17 in the San Francisco Bay area, has been cancelled due to poor air quality from the surrounding wildfires. The event included a trail marathon, 50K and 50-mile (80K) championship race. The region has been experiencing low air quality from the Camp fire in Butte County, 260K northeast of the race site, which has now caused at least 48 deaths and displaced 52,000 people from their homes. (The fire also caused the cancellation of last weekend’s Monterey Bay Half Marathon.)
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It's of course disappointing that we won't get to race the #TNF50 this weekend, but a race is just a race. We'll be able to toe many a start line in the future. I'm so proud of our @thenorthfaceecs team for making the correct decision to cancel the race. Not only to protect the 1000s of competitors, spectators and volunteers from the potential adverse effects of the wildfire smoke. But to relieve the time, energy and resources required to host this huge event, and channeling them to the relief effort for this tragic Camp Fire. All $30,000 of prize money, aid station and finish line supplies will be donated to the relief efforts, whilst packet pick up locations will become aid drop locations. ECS staff and volunteers will be partnering with local relief organisations to offer their services for the weekend. Please follow the link in my bio to see other ways to contribute to the Camp Fire victims and information on ECSCA aid drop locations #volunteers #california #wildfire #ECSCA #neverstopexploring #campfire @thenorthface
The race has a cash prize of $30,000 USD. The organizers have decided to donate the prize money, prize clothing, and food and drinks to firefighting relief efforts. The North Face Endurance Challenge race organizers sent out the following email:
Due to the continued and forecasted unhealthy air quality levels in the Bay Area, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all events for the 2018 Endurance Challenge Championships this coming weekend.
The safety of participants, volunteers, and spectators is our highest priority and we feel strongly that in these current and unpredictable conditions, we are making the right decision to best protect the health and safety of all individuals involved in this race.
As a result of this cancellation, we will be offering participants the opportunity to defer their entry to any one of our five ECS race locations in 2019 including, D.C., New York, Massachusetts, Wisconsin or California. In addition, we will give participants a discounted entry for them or a friend to enter a second ECS race of their choice from the list of locations above. Additional communications will be sent out to participants regarding deferrals and 2019 sign-ups the first week of December.
We will also be donating the entire $30,000 event prize purse to Camp Fire Evacuation Relief Fund being facilitated by the North Valley Community Foundation to support fire relief efforts, as well as a donation of over 1,000 pieces of clothing to the Oroville Hope Center who are ensuring that victims of the fire receive clothing and basic needs.
In addition, food and snacks from the event will be donated to Sierra Nevada Brewing Company who is currently providing meals to first responders and fire victims.
Packet pick-up locations and hours will remain as scheduled but will be used for fire relief donation drop-offs that will be delivered to Oroville Hope Center over the weekend. More information on acceptable donation items and packet pick-up locations can be found here.
For more ways to get involved and support fire relief efforts, please visit http://www.nvcf.org/fund/camp-
Thank you for your understanding and continued support during this time.
All the best,
The North Face Endurance Challenge Team