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For 2014, almost every aspect of the Rut is getting an upgrade. The 50K is now linked to the sport’s most prestigious mountain-running series and has been renamed the Skyrunner World Series Ultra Final. The change means the best competitors from Europe, Japan and South Africa are expected to join this year’s event. “The top 10 times will be much faster overall—there are literally 15 guys who could win it this year,” race founder Mike Foote says. International gear company Salomon has signed on as this

year’s title sponsor, and prize money this year has increased to more than $2,500 for the fastest racers. Organizers also added another event to the weekend: the Lone Peak Vertical Kilometer. The race gains 1,000 meters of elevation in less than three miles, stretching from the Big Sky base area directly to Lone Peak’s summit. The Vertical Kilometer is scheduled for the day before the 50K, allowing the most ambitious entrants to run in both events. “We actually have people who’ve signed up for both races,” Foote says with a laugh.

When: Sept. 12 and 13 Where: Big Sky Resort Registration: The 500 spots for the 50K are already sold out, but there is a waiting list. Registration will remain open for the 12K (500 spots) and Vertical Kilometer (100 spots) until Sept. 10, or as space allows How much: $110-$120 for the 50K, $50-$55 for the 12K, and $50$65 for the Vertical Kilometer More info:

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