Ultra Race of Champions’ Field Deepens with Mario Macias


Auburn, CA – September 8, 2016- The competitive field at the Ultra Race of Champions (UROC) deepens this week with the addition of Mario Macias. UROC is a 100 kilometers trail race based in Auburn, California that strives to attract the best long distance runners from all over the World to create the Super Bowl for the sport of ultra distance running. The race challenges runners on a diverse yet fair course which does not favor one particular type of skills. Mario, who is originally from Mexico and now lives in Colorado Springs, has some very impressive personal bests on his resume: these include a 13:38 5,000 meter and 28:02 10,000 meters on track, 1:02:50 Half Marathon (the Colorado State Half Marathon record) and 2:15:58 Marathon on road. He recently won the Pikes Peak 50 Miler with a course record of 7:39:53 and the Aspen Backcountry Trail Marathon in also a course record of 3:06:22.


“For Mario Macias, UROC will be one of the first ultras he has competed at” say James Russell Gill III, Bad to the Bone Sport’s CEO and UROC founder. “He has two very impressive ultra performances under his belt, not to mention his extensive road running resume. Mario represents what UROC strives to achieve: to bring together the most talented long distance runners in the sport and give them a fair platform to compete against each other.”

“I am extremely excited to see how I stack up against some of the best long distance trail, road and mountain runners” says Mario. “UROC will get me one step closer to competing in the 100-mile distance.” Macias and the other talented runners in the men’s field will be competing for the $21,500 cash purse, $10,000 of which is allocated to the women’s and men’s winners ($5,000 each). The race remains open to everyone, celebrating the inclusive nature of the sport.

UROC will take place on September 24th, 2016 in Auburn, California. It will offer three options for runners: 100K, 50K and 25K. As a part of its mission to create the Super Bowl for the sport and support the athletes, UROC offers a $21,500 cash purse. Runners can follow UROC on social media on Facebook and Twitter (@UROCUltraRace).

Registration is now open at www.ultraroc.com. For more information, please contact Dr. Francesca Conte at (434) 218-0402 or francesca@badtothebone.biz

About the Ultra Race of Champions

The mission of the Ultra Race of Champions is to create the Championship for the sport of ultra distance running. Elite runners are invited based on the recommendation of the Ultra Race of Champions Elite Advisory Council and their performances at key events in the sport all over the world. The UROC Elite Advisory Council includes some of the best ultra runners from around the World: Geoff Roes, Dave Mackey, Michael Wardian, Devon Yanko, Ian Sharman and Anna Frost. Best of the Best, One Course, One Day. For more information, visit www.ultraroc.com or find it on social media on Facebook at “Ultra Race of Champions” or on Twitter #UROCUltraRace, #BeAChampion.

About Bad to the Bone Sports

By directing premiere road and trail events all over the United States, Bad to the Bone Endurance Sports strives to motivate runners of all backgrounds to challenge themselves. For over 13 years, Bad to the Bone Endurance Sports events have reflected owners James Russell Gill III and Dr. Francesca Conte decades-long knowledge and passion for running. www.badtothebone.biz

About Auburn, California

The City of Auburn is considered one of the best places to live in Northern California and the "Endurance Capital of the World". It's bordered by the beautiful American River Canyon and nestled in the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Located at the crossroads of I-80 and historic Highway 49, Auburn is the county seat of Placer County. The City encompasses approximately 7.5 square miles and has a population of 12,800. Situated at elevations between 1,000 and 1,400 feet, the surroundings offer an awesome seasonal change. Thanks to its spectacular network of trails by and near the American River, Auburn is home to many endurance events every year. www.auburn.ca.gov