Way Too Cool endurance event going global

Run slated for Saturday, March 9
By: Journal sports staff
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The Way Too Cool 50K endurance event is going global.

The popular and prestigious Northern California race, now in its 24th year, has invited runners from around the world to test the limits of their physical and mental abilities on Saturday, March 9 at 8 a.m. in Cool. 

Breathtaking trails, spirited spectators, six aid stations, amazing views and general excitement have helped build the popularity of the race, which sells out annually.

Due to the attractiveness of the run, this year’s competitors have been selected by lottery with a waiting list available on the race’s website.

The Way Too Cool 50K Endurance Run, presented by CLIF Bar and NorCalUltras beneficiaries —California Conservation of Trails and Running School — promises an amazing course that begins at 7200 Florian Court in Cool, located directly across from the fire station.

The course navigates along the Western States Trail, with breathtaking scenery, one-way traffic and a mostly single-track course, providing runners with all of the upgrades this infamous run has to offer.

“This race has become the most sought-after 50K in the United States for veterans and novices alike,” said race director Julie Fingar. “We typically get more than 800 runners from more than 20 states nationwide.”

Some of the running elite will include past champions Leor Pantilat, Max King and Gary Gellin. On the women’s side, 2012 defending champion Tyler Stewart will return once again.

Spectators are encouraged to enjoy the festivities and come out to support the runners at the start and finish areas located at the Cool Fire Station.

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