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April 13th, 2017

Race IQ: The North Face Endurance Challenge

Please join The North Face, Tailwind Endurance and Finish Line Physical Therapy on Monday, April 24, as we welcome a panel of experts to discuss the ins, outs and secrets to success at The North Face Endurance Challenge at Bear Mountain on May 13-14. If you’re racing this year–or thinking of doing it in the future–you won’t want to miss this!

WHAT: Race IQ: The North Face Endurance Challenge, featuring panelists Keila Merino, Stephen England and Paul Leak

WHEN: Monday, April 24, at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Finish Line Physical Therapy (119 W. 23rd St. #304; punch in 2711 to access the building)

REGISTER – it’s FREE to attend!

A hardy test for trail runners of any level, The North Face Endurance Challenge New York winds along the western shores of the Hudson River and through the craggy foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Expect enough rocks and challenging terrain along the course to keep you engaged, but not enough to prevent you from running the majority of the race. Join us for what promises to be a great night of discussion on what to expect race weekend, event logistics and the race course.


Keila Merino is a New York City elementary school teacher and a NYRR Mighty Milers coach. She spends most of her day teaching Math, Science and Engineering and her free time coaching 4th graders. She has completed the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning — the Leadville 100 in Colorado, the Western States in California, the Wasatch Front in Utah and the Vermont 100 — placed 3rd at Leadville 100, won a few local races and recently attempted a run across the USA. It is evident that she loves to run and hopes to inspire others to do the same.

Stephen England is an elite runner with Team Novo Nordisk who has been living with type 1 diabetes since the age of 14. He grew up in London and has since been living in New York for the past 11 years. He has run over 30 ultramarathons. His main accomplishments include his first 100-mile race at Leadville, CO; the Western States 100 in sub-24; UTMB and Tahoe 200. The 2017 calendar includes a return to Western States and his first-ever stage race in the Himalayan mountains of Nepal. Stephen’s motto in life is, “I run diabetes, diabetes does not run me.” Read more on Stephen’s story at [He’s also got sponsors! Brooks, Honey Stinger, Nuun & Tailwind Nutrition]

Paul Leak is an active members of the NYC running community. Although he has yet to “officially” tackle the ultra distance, he has had plenty of experience running the trails of Bear Mountain and the other sites of The North Face Endurance Challenge. He currently works for The North Face, assisting with the ECS and other events throughout the year.

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