2016 Stage Race!

The Standhope Ultra Challenge (The SUC) is a three day event starting Thursday, August 18th and will include an aggressive traverse of the White Knob and Pioneer Mountain Ranges of central Idaho. Daily distances will be 27/15/38 miles with a total elevation gain of 22,000′.

Race Map: Viewable here!


Race housing will not be provided. Bring a tent or whatever appeals to you to sleep in.

The stage race is meant to provide the racers with an amazing adventure and the chance to bond with fellow competitors after the race!

21 Responses to “2016 Stage Race!”

  • Hi,

    I’m registered for the long race in early August… and am totally stoked. I am also working to qualify for the Ultra Mont Blanc in 2015, and would love to know if you would be willing to submit the documentation for the Standhope Marather to be included in the qualification race list, so that I may earn some points to that end?

    If you are interested, I can supply all of the appropriate links.

    Also, could you email your reply back to me rather than posting on this site? THANKS!

    Thanks, and I look forward to hearing back from you,

  • Tammy Hunter says:

    Hi there, very interested in your 2015 stage race. Can you email me when registration opens up? I know you only have 50 spots. Thanks!!! Tammy

  • Sarah Torres says:

    Do you also plan to host the Standhope 25K again next year? Have you set the date? I participated last year and it changed my life! I hope I have the opportunity to do it again!

  • Maxwell says:

    Hi Ben-
    Wondering if teams of 2 with runners racing alternate days is an option for the Stage Race?


    • Ben Blessing says:

      It is an interesting thought, but I think I want the race to remain a “solo” effort. I will consider it for 2016 though. If you have a friend who is interested in just running the course, I will have a need for sweeps, and that doesn’t cost anything.

      • Maxwell says:

        Thanks. Good to know about sweeps. Let me know if something changes. I know of at least a couple teams of two that would be interested in signing up and running alternate days. While 4 days of mountain running is definitely attractive to many , I think there are those who worry about being able to run every day. Either way, I’m looking forward to participating at some level! Thanks for organizing!

    • Ben Blessing says:

      Teams of two runners will be allowed. Both members of the team need to run the entire four-day course together for it to count.

  • Jeff says:

    So am I right that you can only sign up as a single racer and not in pairs?

  • Jolie says:

    Curious to know if you can sign up for the stage race but run the 25K the last day in substitution for the 60K……….

    The race looks amazing!

    • Ben Blessing says:

      It is an idea, but I couldn’t do it. It would defeat the challenge of the 60K the last day. I’ll be doing belt buckles for all finishers, because it is a pretty serious undertaking. I encourage you to take courage and go for it :-)

  • Jolie says:

    I understand, if you change your mind please let me know because I have about 4 people who would be interested in signing up!

  • Kim Neill says:

    Hi Ben: I could course sweep for one of the stages, if you are still in need of sweepers. I’m living in Bellevue now, so logistics would be pretty easy. Let me know.

  • Randy Thorn says:

    The link to the Stage race manual does not work

  • John Dayton says:

    So it looks like in the past you have allowed team racing, but I can not quite tell if both team members ran everything or if you allowed them to alternated legs of the race. Could you clarify? Thanks, John

    • Ben Blessing says:

      Oops, sorry it took so long for me to respond! You have to run with your teammate the whole race, pretty much being within 100ish feet of each other the whole time.

  • michael ingram says:

    My friend has signed up for your 3 day race and I am thinking about the 25k. From the maps, it looks like the 25k is the same route as the end of the third day of the 3-day. Is that right? Thanks!

    • Ben Blessing says:

      Yes, it is. The 25K (closer to 30K) starts 2 1/2 hours later than the 60K distance that day, so you will be a few miles ahead.

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