What is the event?

Running Up For Air is an endurance challenge, involving running up and down a mountain for 3, 6, 12 or 24 hours. In May 2019, the first European edition took place in Chamonix, France. And on 31st July 2021, we are bringing Running Up For Air to you, wherever you run vert – over hills, through the mountains or even up and down the stairs.

We run to raise awareness of air pollution. Today, across Europe, we are all breathing in toxic air. It damages our health and the environment around us. As trail runners we feel this, and for communities living in busy cities exposure to air pollution is a critical issue.

Running Up For Air 2021 will connect runners across Europe to raise funds for 18 environmental groups fighting for clean air.

So whether you are logging your vert on alpine trails, or lapping the hill in your local park, every vertical metre counts. A full 24-hour grind or a relaxed three hours at a comfy pace, pack the gels or the beers, grab some friends and join us for one uplifting day – experienced your way.

History of the event

Running Up For Air is an endurance mountain challenge that was created to raise money in support of the fight for improved air quality for those who live along the Wasatch Front, Utah. In winter months ascending Grandeur Peak often means starting in smoggy, cold, polluted air and climbing up to surprisingly warmer clean air above. It is a bitter-sweet feeling to sit on the 8,299′ summit and look down at a glowing cloud of smog below and realize you must eventually go back down.

In 2012, Running Up For Air was born out of passion for the Wasatch Mountains and desire for our families and friends to enjoy an improved quality of life.

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About Patagonia

We’re in business to save our home planet.

Founded by Yvon Chouinard in 1973, Patagonia is an outdoor apparel company based in Ventura, California. A certified B Corporation, the company is recognized internationally for its commitment to product quality and environmental activism—and its contributions of more than $145 million in grants and in-kind donations to date.

Through Patagonia Action Works, we support over 1,000 grassroots environmental groups worldwide, working on issues such as air pollution. We are bringing Running Up For Air to Europe in 2021 in order to engage with an international community of trail runners and raise awareness of the fight for clean air.



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