National HS Trail Championships Are Just Around The Corner

Photo Credit: Bobby Reyes/MileSplit Colorado

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The 2024 edition of the  National High School Trail Championships is just around the corner!

In another month it'll be time to trade out the track spikes for something with a thicker sole... 

WHAT: Featuring switchbacks, climbs and descents, it doesn't get any more trail than this - and they don't call it the Rocky Mountains for nothing. Race distance is 5.4 miles.

WHEN: The race is Saturday, July 27, 2024, on the Salida Mountain Trails system. The Beas Knees Citizens race starts at 7:20 a.m. The Boys' Championship starts at 8:20 a.m. and the Girls' Championship starts at 8:45 a.m.

WHO: The NHSTC is open to all current high school athletes and is extended to include incoming freshman and 2023 high school graduates. There is no qualifying race for the NHSTC. However, due to course limitations, we will cap the race sizes when we hit our maximum numbers. The NHSTC will crown a team champion and individual champion for the girls and boys.

There is an individual competition and also a category for a three person team competition. To be considered for the team championship, all team members must attend the same high school. All racers on teams will also be eligible for individual awards. Teams of three to five individuals may register under a club name. We will score the top three competitors from each team.

WHERE: Salida, Colorado, specifically, on the Salida Mountain Trails system. To check out Salida Mountain Trails, go to


  • Beas Knees Mens': Taylor Stack 32:11, 2019
  • Beas Knees Womens': Aubrey Surage 36:47, 2023
  • Girls' Championship: Ella Hagen 36:31, 2023
  • Boys' Championship: Sullivan Middaugh 31:52, 2020