Elite Athlete Resources

Since its inception in 2013, the Rut has hosted many of the best trail and mountain running athletes in the world.  We love celebrating and supporting these athletes who inspire us to strive for our potential in the mountains. Over the years we have supported many of these athletes in their desire to make it to our start lines in a variety of ways. In an effort to be more transparent in these efforts, we have compiled information on this page.

In 2023 we have cash prizing for three of our distances; the VK, 28K, and 50K.  There is no prize money for the 20K, 11K, or Runt Run!

28K & 50K prizes for the top 3 male and female finishers:

  • 1st – $3000
  • 2nd – $1000
  • 3rd – $500

VK prizes for top 3 male and female finishers:

  • 1st – $1000
  • 2nd – $500
  • 3rd – $250

Depending on the athlete we do offer multiple tiers of support.

  • Tier 1 –  Complimentary entry
  • Tier 2 – Complimentary entry plus two nights’ accommodation
  • Tier 3 – Complimentary entry, two nights accommodation, plus some support with travel expenses.

If you are an elite athlete seeking support please reach out to our elite athlete coordinator Forrest Boughner at Forrest@alpinerunningguides.com.  We expect all of our Rut Runners to follow our clean sport policy.

Here is a peek at the top ten times of the various distances, to get a look at some of the fastest Rut Runners we have hosted over the last decade!

The Rut is a World Mountain Running Association Sanctioned Race