The team behind Transrockies is taking over the Golden Ultra
The Golden Ultra has been sold to Transrockies, Inc., the group that runs other great endurance events such as the TranSelkirks Run, Singletrack 6 and, yes, the Transrockies Run. Magi Scallion spent five years building the Golden Ultra before making the move, which was announced on Feb. 22.
“After five great years of building the Golden Ultra, it’s time for me to take a step back and focus on my personal health and well-being,” Scallion says. “Selling an event that I’ve built from the ground up is not an easy decision, as it means saying goodbye to the many great runners, sponsors and volunteers I’ve worked with over the years, but I could not think of a better production company than TransRockies. I am sure that the Golden Ultra will continue to be the great event I imagined and only grow stronger with the support of TransRockies behind it.”
Didn’t ski today. Didn’t even walk. Super happy sad about saying goodbye to the Golden Ultra. The food orders, computer forms and bank account deficits I won’t miss. The people ... I really hope it’s not goodbye. Let’s still run and laugh and drink so mu… https://t.co/jyUKFPAvgI pic.twitter.com/qnQCsXyP71— Magi Scallion (@Magi_Scallion) February 12, 2020
The inaugural edition of the Golden Ultra was held in 2015 with 150 runners and a single event on each day of racing. It now consistently has more than 500 registered runners, two stage races, a kids stage race, and a 120km ultra-marathon.
TransRockies, which has also operated events in Golden since 2014 including Singletrack 6 and Golden Two Four Mountain Bike Weekend, said there will be “no major changes are planned for the operation of the Golden Ultra in 2020.”
“We’re thrilled to be adding the Golden Ultra to our portfolio of outdoor endurance events, and specifically strengthening our running series in Canada,” says Aaron McConnell, president of the TransRockies Race Series.
“Magi has done a great job in building the Golden Ultra, starting with a great vision for a new Ultra, followed up with outstanding execution and an amazing sense of community. We’ve got great partnerships in Golden that have helped us make our events successful. The Golden Cycling Club, Town of Golden, and Tourism Golden have all been really supportive and great to work with. We look forward to continuing these excellent relationships with the Golden Ultra.”
The Golden Ultra will be directed by Kevin “Houda” McDonald, race director for the TransRockies Run in Colorado.
This year, the Golden Ultra takes place Sept. 18-20.