World's Steepest 400-Meter Race Coming To U.S.

World’s Steepest 400-Meter Race Coming To U.S.

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The Red Bull 400 is a short but gnarly race — basically 400 meters straight up.

Competitors perform at the Red Bull 400 in Harrachov, Czech Republic on 13th September 2014
Competitors perform at the Red Bull 400 in Harrachov, Czech Republic; photo Red Bull Content Pool

Often considered the “most painful” race in track, the 400-meters is a sprint that lasts a little longer than most people really want to sprint, an all out, full blast, puke-at-the-end kind of run.

So Red Bull decided to up the ante, doing the same distance straight up a ski jump. Check out the video below. Ouch!

Well, now the Red Bull 400 is coming, for the first time, to the United States.

On Sept. 26, you can race up Olympic Park in Park City, Utah. The event is run in heats and appears to be limited to 400 entrants.

So if you feel like you can sprint up a ski hill fast, registration is now open and the prizes are pretty awesome. The first place man and woman will win an all-inclusive trip to a secret location in Europe alongside the two winners (men’s & women’s) of the other 6 global locations, $500 cash, and other prizes.

But leave your hiking poles at home, they and traction devices are not allowed.

Sean McCoy
Editor-in-Chief Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.