Brand-new Under Armour Mountain Running series comes to Copper Sept. 8-10 | SummitDaily.com

Brand-new Under Armour Mountain Running series comes to Copper Sept. 8-10

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A duo of runners on the course during the 2015 Ragnar Relay Colorado, a two-day running event that took teams between Copper Mountain and Aspen. This summer, Copper hosts the final stop of the brand-new Under Armour Trail Running Series, scheduled for Colorado from Sept. 8-10.

No matter what brand you love, dust off your trail-running shoes and start training on hill intervals — there's a new trail series in town this summer.

In mid-March, Under Armour announced the inaugural 2017 Under Armour Mountain Running Series in partnership with POWDR Adventure Lifestyle Company, owner of Copper Mountain and other resorts across the nation.

Created for trail running enthusiasts and professionals, this North American trail-running series provides unmatched racing experiences in the beautiful mountain environments of iconic stateside resorts, according to a release from Under Armour. The three race locations — Mount Bachelor in Oregon, Killington in Vermont and our own Copper Mountain — offer diverse climates, different distances, and varying elevations and terrain built to push athletes to the limit.

UA series in brief

The UA Mountain Running Series kicks off in July at Oregon's Mount Bachelor, the largest ski area in the Cascade Mountains with a peak elevation of 9,065 feet. The next stop in the series takes place in August at Killington, touting a peak elevation of 4,241 feet and tucked away in the Green Mountains of the Appalachian Range in central Vermont. The series concludes at Copper Mountain with the highest elevation of the series at 12,313 feet.

Races can be completed individually or as part of the nationwide series, the release continued. Each single racecourse presents a truly unique trail-running experience for participants of all levels, with distances at each venue including a 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon, 50K, vertical K and marathon relay. A $5,000 prize purse will be divided between the top three male and female 50K finishers at each event.

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"The UA Mountain Running Series embodies our brand's commitment to the sport of trail running and reinforces our mission to empower outdoor athletes to live at the edge of their potential," said Topher Gaylord, general manager of outdoor equipment for Under Armour, in the release. "Trail running is one of the fastest growing outdoor sports in the world today. We are energized to provide this community with a unique series of trail races that will inspire them with spectacular mountain beauty, challenge them on the trails, and deliver a multi-day experience that will provide memories for life."

Registration for all races is currently open online at UAMountainRunning.com. Each stop in the series features a surrounding festival, with the seven different race categories, cash prizes, weekend-long resort activities and post-race parties.

"By bringing together Under Armour, our resorts and our event company, Human Movement, we have all the pieces in place to make this an amazing series," said Wade Martin, president of POWDR Enterprises, in the release. "We are thrilled to be working with Under Armour to make this series a leader in the trailer running space."

Stay tuned to the Summit Daily for more info about the 2017 Under Armour Mountain Running Series come summer.

—Find the full schedule online at SummitDaily.com.

2017 UA Mountain Running at Copper

What: Two days of seven trail-running events at Copper Mountain, held as the finale of the brand-new, nationwide Under Armour Mountain Running Series

When: Sept. 8-10

Where: Copper Mountain

Cost: $39 to $179

All seven race distances (5K, 10K, 50K, half marathon, marathon, vertical K, team marathon) are different prices. For more information about the series, including event pricing, course descriptions and registration details, see UAMountainRunning.com.

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2017 Under Armour Mountain Running Series schedule

July 22 — Mount Bachelor, Oregon

August 18-20 — Killington, Vermont

September 8-10 — Copper Mountain