As part of opening elite registration for the Endurance Challenge Championship held on Dec. 3 in California, The North Face today officially released a clean sport policy to ensure fair play across all of the Endurance Challenge Series (ECS) events in North America.
The North Face ECS is committed to clean sport and does not condone the use of performance enhancing drugs or banned substances at any level of competition. The North Face believes all athletes competing in any The North Face event and sport in general should educate themselves and abide by the anti-doping rules and banned substances established by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). In order to further this commitment to clean sport, The North Face Endurance Challenge Series will be enforcing the policy summarize outlined below:
Athletes who have been banned from competition by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) or any national sports federation are prohibited from competing at any ECS event while the ban is in effect. Once the ban has successfully been served and officially lifted, the athlete may participate at any ECS event, however is forever ineligible to receive prize money, awards, podium recognition or overall age group competitive rankings at any distance, including the 50-mile elite field.
The remaining North America 2016 race schedule includes:
- September 17-18 – Kettle Moraine State Park, Eagle, Wisconsin
- September 24-25 – Park City Mountain Resort, Park City, Utah
- December 3-4 – Marin Headlands, San Francisco, California
The North Face Endurance Challenge Series is providing education and awareness as it relates to the many sides of clean sport in trail running and will be hosting a destination website featuring facts, scientific research, opinions and other resources in order for runners to educate themselves and come together as an informed community. The full policy, code of ethics and educational materials for Endurance Challenge Series participants can be found at www.thenorthface.com/ECSCleanSport