With the help of the Forest Service, Trail Maniacs is holding the 7 Summits event as an official race on Saturday, Aug. 10. Race distances will include: a 100K run, 50-mile run, 50K run, and a 50-mile relay.
The race will start at the Canfield trail system near Coeur d’Alene and end at Scott’s Field in Farragut State Park. The seven summits include: West Canfield, East Canfield, Huckleberry, Spades, South Chilco, North Chilco, and Bernard Peak.
Throughout the course runners will experience views of Fernan Lake, Lake Coeur d’Alene, Hayden Lake, and Lake Pend Oreille, as well as views of the Selkirks. The 7 Summits event originated as a race between mountain bikers and runners. The idea first came to Dave Dutro in 2013 when he rode the route and wondered “if a hardy trail runner would be faster than a mountain biker.”
In 2015, Trail Maniacs held the first 7 Summits Fata$$—mountain bikers vs. trail runners—and repeated the event the following year. The original course was 53 miles and had a 50 percent “did not finish” (DNF) rate, which is proof of how tough the route is.The Trail Maniacs are able to offer 150 primitive camping spots at Scott’s Field where there is potable water, pit toilets, and a large shelter where a potluck and trail running movies will be provided Friday evening. Yard games will be provided on race day to entertain spectators, and post-race food will include tacos and refreshments by Growler Guys CDA.
Written by Allison Armfield