The second annual Rut 50K comes to Big Sky Resort on Sept. 13. As the 2014 Skyrunner World Series Ultra Final, it will attract some of the top mountain runners in the world, including Spain’s Kilian Jornet – a seven-time Skyrunning World Champion. In addition to Jornet, look for these five athletes to build on their recent race successes when they tackle the talus on Lone Mountain.

sage_canaday_2Sage Canaday

Age: 28

From: Boulder, Colo.

Recent competition highlights: 2014 Winner of the Tarawera Ultra in New Zealand, the Speedgoat 50K in Utah, and Colorado’s Pikes Peak Ascent

PHOTO BY SANDI NYPAVER

Paul Hamilton Paul_Hamilton

Age: 28

From: Durango, Colo.

Recent competition highlights: 2013 Rut 50K champion; 2014 winner of the Telluride Mountain Run in Colorado

PHOTO BY ANTHONY KROLCZYK

Anna Frost - Salomon RunningAnna Frost

Age: 33

From: Dunedin, New Zealand

Recent competition highlights: Winner of Spain’s Canary Islands Transvulcania Ultra Marathon, second at Chamonix, France’s 80K Sky Running World Championships, winner of the Speedgoat 50K and the Women’s Telluride Mountain Run in 2014

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Ellie_GreenwoodEllie Greenwood

Age: 35

From: North Vancouver, British Columbia

Recent competition highlights: Winner of the Comrades 89K in South Africa, third place at the Speedgoat 50K, and winner of Canada’s Chuckanut and Squamish 50Ks in 2014

PHOTO BY RITA IVANAUSKAS

Jeremy_WolfJeremy Wolf

Age: 34

From: Missoula, Mont.

Recent competition highlights: Fourth place at The Rut 50K and winner of Washington’s Spokane River Run 50K in 2013; second place finishes in Idaho’s The River Of No Return 50K, and Missoula’s Pengelly Double Dip in 2014.

PHOTO BY ANTHONY KROLCZYK