Run the Gauntlet: The Mac 'N Cheese Gauntlet is a month-long virtual competition aimed at motivating you to get out and run. Each week you will receive a different challenge to accrue points towards overall standing. There will be individual weekly winners and an overall male and female champion, but EVERY registered runner will receive a digital coupon for a FREE classic mac 'n cheese from our title sponsor, Mac 'N Noodles!


The first challenge is a virtual 5K on a route of your choosing. Tracks and downhill courses are allowed (treadmill times will not be accepted). The details of the subsequent challenges will be sent out every Sunday. Prepare to push yourself both physically and mentally. Not all challenges are based on how fast you can run. Metrics like distance, elevation, and improvement may all come into play. This competition is designed for runners of all levels, and ALL participants have the opportunity to compete and win prizes.


Giving Back: We are proud to support our local community, particularly amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Ten percent of all registration fees will be donated to our charity partner, Foster Source, which works to inspire lasting healing in vulnerable children through confident, trauma-informed foster parents.


Submitting Times: All submitted runs and times must be supported by GPS data synced via Strava or Garmin. All challenges requiring a race time will be based on elapsed time, not moving time (i.e., if you are forced to stop your watch for any reason, the "race" time does not stop). All times and running data must be emailed to by 4 p.m. MST each Sunday.  


Rules of the Road: Runners are expected to follow all traffic laws and obey appropriate social distancing requirements during their runs.


Social Media: Above all, this competition is about getting outside and having some fun together! Join our Strava group (Mac 'N Cheese Races) and share any photos or videos taken during your runs. Tag us on Instagram at @macncheese5k.


This event is $25/person.

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Schedule of Events

Week 1: July 13 - July 19 (Virtual 5K)

Week 2: July 20 - July 26 

Week 3: July 27- August 2 

Week 4: August 3 - August 9

Challenge Descriptions

Week 1: Run an all out 5K on a course of your choice! The breakdown for how many points you can earn this week will be sent out the Sunday before the week begins.

How to submit your 5K time: Send a screenshot of your GPS data to  

Prizes for week 1 include Fastest Age-Graded Male, Fastest Age-Graded Female, and the Average Joe and Jill (male and female closest to the average 5K time from week 1).

Week 2: Elevation gain.  Stretch those quads, they're going to hurt!

Week 3: Mileage.  Bust out that new pair of running shoes and run those miles!

Week 4: Get ready to race!


12 Weekly Challenge Winners 

Top 3 Overall Males

Top 3 Overall Females

Note that overall awards will be based on cumulative point total from all the challenges.  All overall winners will be asked to provide GPS data from all challenges to verify their results.  Any missing data will result in removal of points from that challenge from the participant's overall score. 

EVERY person registered will be emailed a digital coupon for a FREE classic mac 'n cheese from the Mac 'N Noodles food truck at the conclusion of the event.

The results spreadsheet, found below, will be updated throughout the competition.  Check it often for the most up to date results!

Our charity partner, Foster Source

Their mission: "Our mission is to provide relevant training, resources and support to foster parents from a trauma-informed approach, giving them the skills and confidence to spark healing in vulnerable children."

Their vision: "Inspiring lasting healing in vulnerable children through confident, compassionate foster parents."

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Sponsored by Mac 'N Noodles. Website designed by Chris Robertson

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