Do you feel the need for speed? 

Winter is (almost) here, and if you’re planning an RV trip up to Mammoth Lakes within the next couple of months, you may want to participate in some of these exciting upcoming sporting events: 

The Mammoth Lakes Turkey Trot 

Now on its 5th year, and still going strong, one of the most hotly anticipated annual events is the Mammoth Lakes Turkey Trot, a special family-friendly Thanksgiving event open to all. 

Organized by the Mammoth Track Club, the annual Turkey Trot is a 2-mile run through the streets of the Town of Mammoth Lakes on Thanksgiving morning with lots of participants in costumes and fun holiday attire. 

The Mammoth Lakes Turkey Trot 

Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 28, 2019  

7:30am to 10:30am 

Medals, raffle prizes, and mugs of hot cocoa await participants. 

The Unbound Series 

The Unbound Series has been an annual celebration for snowboarders and skiers of all ages and skill levels at Mammoth Lakes, kicking off this year on the last weekend of November.  

Unbound has a number of weekend competitions lined up, including events in Slopestyle, Halfpipe, Rail Jam, Boarder/skiercross, Giant Slalom, Slalom, and Banked Slalom. 

With prizes and giveaways for participants at every event, Unbound draws throngs of skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts each year.   

More serious competitors can even win a spot at the USASA Nationals to go up against the best skiers and riders in the Nation.  

Lined up ‘til the end of the year are the following Unbound events at Mammoth Lakes.:  

Unbound Series: Slalom/Giant Slalom 

Saturday, November 30 and Sunday, December 1, 2019 

7:30am to 3:30pm 

Unbound Series: Rail Jam 

Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8, 2019 

7:30am to 3:30pm 

Unbound Series: Slopestyle 

Saturday, December 21 and Sunday, December 22, 2019 

7:30am to 3:30pm 

Unbound Series: Skier/Boardercross 

Saturday, December 28 and Sunday, December 22, 2019 

7:30am to 3:30pm 

The Unbound Series of skiing and snowboarding events continues on until March 2020.  

Other Upcoming Endurance Events at Mammoth Lakes 

With its rugged terrain, scenic views, and active outdoor sports community, Mammoth Lakes plays host to a number of popular endurance events throughout the year. 

If you’re up the challenge, you might consider preparing for the following highly anticipated activities coming up in 2020: 

The Winter Ezakimak 5K 

This is an uphill 5k race on the legendary Kamikaze mountain bike trail– which weaves through the “backside” of the mountain– to the summit 2,000 feet in elevation, finishing at the Main Lodge. 

Participants race up the snowy trail on foot, cross-country skis, snowshoes, or on a bike, while family, friends, and spectators cheer them on.  

The Winter Ezakimak 5K is usually held in April, while the Summer Ezakimak 5K happens around September. 

The June Lake Triathlon 

Dubbed as the “Toughest Race in the Most Beautiful Place”, participants will be: 

  • swimming in June Lake,  
  • and will then go biking around the lake basin loop road, 
  • and finally, complete the course with a 3-mile run with breathtaking views of Carson Peak and its surroundings. 

There’s a variety of races for participants of varying skill levels, including one for kids ages 6-12. 

The June Lake Triathlon is usually held at the start of summer– around July or so. 

The Graniteman Challenge 

Spanning three grueling days, participants are expected to swim 24 miles in June Lake on Friday, bike the Gran Fondo 102-mile race on Saturday, then finally run the 12.4-mile Tioga Pass Run on Sunday to earn the title of Graniteman.  

The Graniteman Challenge is typically scheduled on a 3-day-weekend in September.   

More Events at Mammoth Lakes  

One of the greatest things about Mammoth Lakes is that you have no shortage of things to do. Between the many outdoor recreational activities available, the parties and social gatherings, to the year-round sporting events and family-friendly festivities, there’s something for everyone, whatever they might be interested in.  

Sporting events, including races and endurance marathons, in particular, are lined up ahead in advance, so you can check out the Mammoth Lakes website for its most current and updated events calendar all the way to 2020.  

Photos from the official Mammoth Lakes Tourism Board website.