The Emerald Mountain Epic presented by Hard Headed attracts some of the nation's best mountain bike and trail running racers, while still offering incredible opportunities for athletes of all skill levels to test their meddle. Our race is a uniquely rewarding and challenging experience in that it is 90% singletrack with major elevation gains.
To minimize the impacts on the Emerald Mountain trail system, our past permits have only allowed for 500 racers on the start line each day. While our total field is limited to 500 racers per day, there will be no specific limit placed on individual categories.
MOUNTAIN BIKE RACES - August 3, 2024
SOLO Race: 52 miles or 26 miles with approximately 6,600 (or 3,300) feet of elevation gain
Pro/Open Men's and Women's Races Citizen Men's and Women's Races Clydesdale/Xena Races (open to anyone over 200lbs.) Singlespeed Men's and Women's Races DUO Relay: Teams of two, each completing one 26 mile lap with about 3,300 feet gained
Men's Team Women's Team Co-Ed Team
TRAIL RUNNING RACES - August 4, 2024
FULL Marathon: 26.2 miles with approximately 3,300 feet of elevation gain
Men's and Women's Races HALF Marathon: 13.1 miles with approximately 1,500 feet of elevation gain
Men's and Women's Races 10K: with approximately 900 feet of elevation gain
ROYALTY OF THE 'BOAT RACES - August 3 & 4, 2024
Some like to ride, some like to run, and then there are those who do both! For you, we offer special categories that combine your times from each day's race to see who can truly claim the crowns of Emerald Mountain Epic Royalty!
KING of the Boat: Combined time of Men's Solo MTB & Full Marathon QUEEN of the Boat: Combined time of Women's Solo MTB & Full Marathon PRINCE of the Boat: Single lap time in Duo or Solo MTB and Men's Half Marathon PRINCESS of the Boat: Single lap time in Duo or Solo MTB and Women's Half Marathon