Last year, Red Bull 400 invigorated Copper Peak, the iconic Ski Flying hill and Recreation Center in Ironwood, Mich., bringing to town the first international competition since 1994. Building upon the inaugural success, the world’s steepest 400-meter race is returning on May 11, providing over double the amount of entries for runners who are up for the challenge.

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.

“The return of Red Bull 400 to Copper peak is an expression of the board’s commitment to bringing international quality competitions back to Ironwood,” Copper Peak Board of Directors president Charlie Supercynski said. “This unique event, which challenges the best athletes in the world, is another step in the revitalization of the facility as one of America’s premier sports venues year-round.”

Copper Peak was built in 1969 and held its first International Ski Flying Competition in 1970. From 1970 to 1994, 17 countries competed at 10 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. Last year, the inaugural competition brought back speed, endurance and energy to the jump as over 450 local, regional and international competitors braced for the steepest 400-meter race. 

Registration for Red Bull 400 Copper Peak 2019 is open at redbull.com/rb400. Spots are available starting at $60 among five different registration options: Individual Men’s and Women’s Solo; Red Bull 400 Individual Ski Patrol/Fire/EMS/Military/Police discount; Individual Men’s and Women’s Custom Heat Time.

The 2019 Red Bull 400 season is set to conquer 20 ski jumps across Europe, Asia and North America, putting racers all over the world under the most grueling physical pressure they’ll ever face. 

For registration and race information on Red Bull 400 Copper Peak visit redbull.com/rb400. Be sure to follow the Red Bull 400 Facebook group for season updates:https://www.facebook.com/groups/redbull400/