Beginning Friday morning, hundreds of runners and hikers will descend upon Badger Mountain for the 7th annual Badger Mountain Challenge racing series.

Sponsored by Friends of Badger Mountain and a ton of volunteers, the event features a variety of challenging hikes and runs up and down and around the noted popular hiking landmark.

Organizer and creator Jason Reathaford credits the Friends of Badger group for making this possible. Their efforts to preserve and help maintain the area makes this event possible.

Dozens of world-class runners will be attending and competing. The action begins Friday morning at 7:00 am with the 50 and 100 mile endurance races. The 50K ultra marathon begins Saturday morning at 7am, with the popular 15K hike at 8am Saturday.

The action begins at the Badger Trailhead park off Queensgate. Last year some 700 competitors participated.

For more details see the Friends of Badger website.