RUFA Tiger Mountain

March 11, 2023

Registration Opens October 30, 2022 10:30 pm

Mountain Running Races is excited to launch one of our newest additions for the 2023 season, Running Up For Air – Tiger Mountain in Issaquah, Washington. As part of the Up For Air Series, RUFA – Tiger Mountain is a 12, two person 12, 6 and 3 hour endurance challenge designed to bring awareness to climate change and we will be supporting Protect Our Winters.

Why a winter event?

In 2022 we experienced a weather occurrence that is becoming more common in the Seattle area, an inversion. The inversion brings with it higher pollution levels and health risks. Winter is also the time when other forms of pollutants are on the rise due to the use of wood burning heat and warming up of cars for long periods. Winter is not only the only time unhealthy air is in the Pacific Northwest, we are also experiencing yearly forest fires that have brought in heavy smoke and unwanted health advisories during the summer months. As athletes we want to bring recognition to the need of cleaner air for our area and families.

Participants will ascend Tiger Mountain and attempt to summit the mountain as many times as possible to raise awareness and money to address air quality issues affecting the Pacific Northwest. Participants are encouraged to gather pledges for each lap completed up the mountain.

Supporting Protect Our Winters (POW)

When we think about who is on the forefront of leading in the outdoor active industry for climate change activism, we first think of POW. POW is a group of outdoor sports enthusiasts ranging from pro athletes, dirtbags, and outdoor sports diehards who are not just passionate about the outdoors but  it’s a way of life.

POW Theory of Change: In the future we envision, the world embraces renewable energy, electric transport, breakthrough technologies and market policies to achieve carbon neutrality by the mid-century. We drive to crags, trailheads, and renewably powered ski areas in zero-emission vehicles; individuals and industries pay a fair price for their carbon footprint; and elected officials from all parties at all levels of government make addressing climate their top policy priority.

Up For Air Series is a collection of endurance events created to amplify informed dialogue and empower organizations actively working on air quality solutions. Proceeds from Up For Air events are directed at carefully selected non-profit groups who demonstrate high value influence strategies. The race platform is used to expose participants and the general public to science-based material about the importance of healthy air. All events are conducted with a minimal footprint philosophy.

More Running! Less Footprint!

More Running! Less Footprint!

In order to enable our event to become carbon neutral, we will have the More Running! Less Footprint! sustainability center where you can drop off your old used running shoes for recycling from Run For Shoes, nutritional package recycling through the GU Terracycle program, get your reusable folding cup for other cupless events, and information on how you can help reduce your footprint.