The World’s Steepest 400M Race Debuts in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan
IRONWOOD, MI – For the first time since 1994, Copper Peak, the iconic ski flying hill in Ironwood, Michigan, will once again play host to another international competition on May 12, 2018. This time, however, the competition and format will look completely different from what gained the jump worldwide recognition.
The event will be none other than Red Bull 400, the world’s steepest 400-meter race. The principle is simple: participants start at the bottom of the ski jump and race 400 meters uphill 40 stories to the top of the largest artificial ski jump tower in the world. The nearly vertical race challenges participants’ speed and endurance, and is guaranteed to put the participants’ calves, quads and fitness, to the ultimate test.
“Copper Peak historically is a place where athletes push the limits of athletic ability and break records,” said Charlie Supercynski, President of Copper Peak Board of Directors. “We were used to seeing people fly off Copper Peak, not sprint up the jump. This brings a whole new element of competition and a great first event in the start of the revitalization of Copper Peak.”
Copper Peak was built in 1969 and held its first International Ski Flying Competition in 1970. From 1970 to 1994, seventeen countries competed at ten international ski competitions before Copper Peak closed in 1994. In recent years, Copper Peak has become a popular tourist destination as the view from the top of the jump provides a 360-degree panorama overlooking nearly 40 miles of the Midwest in every direction.
Registration is now open for Red Bull 400 Copper Peak for $50.00 per person. Spots are available for 400 registrants among seven different registration options: Individual Men’s and Women’s Solo; Red Bull 400 Solo Group Discount (10 participants); Red Bull 400 Individual Ski Patrol / Fire / EMS / Military / Police discount; Individual Men’s and Women’s Custom Heat Time; Red Bull 400 Heat Buyout (corporate option).
The 2018 Red Bull 400 season is set to conquer ski jumps across Europe, Asia and North America, putting racers all over the world under the most grueling physical pressure they’ll ever face. Warm up your leg muscles and gear up for the hardest 400 meters of your life!
To learn more about Copper Peak and Red Bull 400 watch the trailer here: https://youtu.be/1qAtbBLeeI0
For registration and race information on Red Bull 400 Copper Peak visit redbull400.com
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