The Up For Air Series brings endurance athletes together to celebrate a shared passion for running, amplify informed dialogue about air quality issues, and support organizations that are working toward solutions. We strive for a minimal footprint on the trails but maximal impact on the nonprofits fighting for cleaner air in our communities.
RUFA is not for the faint of heart! Completing one or more “laps” is extremely difficult, which is a tribute to the challenge of solving the winter pollution problem.
Running Up For Air (aka RUFA) is a 3, 6, 12, or 24 hour winter endurance challenge for teams or individuals that takes place on Malans Peak on the east bench of Ogden City. Each “lap” starts and finishes at the 29th Street Trailhead (29th Street and Buchanan Ave, Ogden). Parking is available at the trailhead, but we encourage participants to carpool. There is a church at 27th and Tyler Ave that has available parking. (Shuttle service will not be provided.) Elevation at the start is 4764’. The route climbs roughly 2300′ to the top of Malans Peak topping out at 6904’. Runners will retrace their steps and return to the trailhead for a total of six miles. The first .75 mile is a gradual climb of 300’ right before entering Taylor Canyon. The next two miles quickly become steep finishing off the next 2,000’ of gain to the peak. Repeat this as many times as possible until you Refuse To Continue (RTC). The time of year (February!) is intentional as it coincides with the latter part of the winter inversion “season”. Given the time of year the route is almost entirely snow covered and can easily involve harsh winter mountain conditions. This is winter running at its finest! Prepare for ice and wind depending on the weather. Spikes or shoe screws are recommended once entering the canyon if ice is present.