Mountain Running Races is excited to introduce the newest addition to the Up For Air Series, 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.
Start/Finish area is at Issaquah High School. Course goes up High School Trail to Section Line Trail and we will summit at West Tiger 1, returning to Issaquah High School via West Tiger 3 trail, Bus Trail and High School Trail. Each loop is 8.3 miles with 3,000+ feet of vert. We will have a warming tent and participant canopy area at the Start/Finish area, along with limited water and aid at the West Tiger 1 Hiker's Hut.
Supporting Protect Our Winters (POW)