If you’re looking for an epic trail race this summer, look no farther than northern Idaho. Schweitzer Mountain will host the new Race the Wolf event, part of Skyrunning USA’s trail running series, with 52K, 25K, and 8K distances boasting panoramic views and summer wildflowers.
Courses will include technical singletrack and fast doubletrack with steep climbs from the starting line at Schweitzer Mountain Resort. With views that sweep from Montana to the Canadian border, the tough trail will reward runners with some gorgeous scenery. Post-race highlights for the 52K and 25K will include beer and a BBQ meal. The 8K (held on July 7) will offer a faster and shorter route with some wild huckleberries along the trail.
While there have been other trail races at Schweitzer, Race the Wolf will be the first of its scale to take advantage of the network of trails. “There are a select few of our local running elite that have been pushing our 7,000-acre boundary for years, and now it’s time to celebrate their exploration and experience,” says Schweitzer events manager Andre Bircher.
Runners can stay and dine in nearby Sandpoint before and after the race, which has plenty of charm and adventure of its own. “It only takes one drive over Sandpoint’s Long Bridge to figure out there’s something special here to explore. What better way to do it than running ridgelines with massive Lake Pend Oreille views and a glimpse into the Selkirk Mountains,” says Bircher.
You can register for Race the Wolf online at Racethewolf.com. Runners can also view course elevation profiles, maps, and learn the location of aid stations ahead of time. Technical stuff aside, Race the Wolf should be a scenic summer run you won’t forget. “It’s always a treat to be in the high alpine,” says Bircher. “In summer months, as the heat waves start to roll into the valley, it’s always a bit cooler up here.” Follow Race the Wolf on Facebook or Instagram (@racethewolf), or check out the hashtag #runsky, then register and “join the pack.”