RaceRank™, SufferLevel™ & Race Reviews

Presented by Endurance Nation

Just How Hard Will Your Race Be?

Endurance Nation Teaches Athletes How to Race Better.

We are the creators of the Four Keys of Race Execution™ and home of the FirstTimeFinish™ Guarantee. Since 2007 we have helped more than 20,000 athletes reach their finish line of choice. 

We do this through our signature time-focused training protocols, cohort-based training groups and a robust digital experience.  We believe smarter is the new faster.

In our quest to create the smartest athletes possible, we have created these new resources: RaceReview™, RaceRank™ & SufferLevel™.

RaceReview™ — Our Insights on Upcoming Events

Our experience applied to your races!

New for 2021 and beyond, this content series will bring Coach Patrick’s expertise together with different events of all shapes and sizes. 

You can tune in to each page to get our signature Three Bullets overview for the key racing points. For more information, including course videos, you’ll need to login or become a TribeEN member @ $27/mo $99/year to access the content. 

Each Event has: 

  • Three Bullets — Only the critical facts to help you race better!
  • Course Videos – A breakdown of the terrain / course of the race. 

Official RaceReview™ [New for 2021]

RaceRank™ — Your Races Ranked Against One Another

What if You Could Compare Similar Races?

It all started with that simple question. While you can read race reports and listen to race podcasts, it’s hard to get a sense of how different courses stack up to one another. As coaches, we have traveled to and trained or competed on almost every course…so we decided to create a ranking system: Endurance Nation RaceRank™.

RaceRank™ gives each race a score that allows comparison across venues. More than “just” elevation, this ranking would allow folks to know where there race falls in the grand scheme of things on six sets of criteria:

  • Swim Venue / Course — River, lake or ocean? One or two loops? Lots of factors!
  • Total Bike Elevation — How does the bike compare?
  • Total Run Elevation — How challenging is the run course?
  • Overall Elevation of the Race Venue — The addition of Boulder makes this relevant.
  • Average Weather Over the Past Five Years — The more diverse or challenging the weather, the harder the race.
  • % of DNFs Across (Ideally) Last Five Years — The more DNFs, the harder the race.

Each of the six criteria receives a score from 1 to 5:

          1 = Easy          2 = Normal          3 = Challenging          4 = Hard          5 = Super Hard

The overall venue score is determined by adding up all of the criteria. This way no one single factor or anecdotal element outweighs all of the others. Click on the name of any race to download the race rank file; races are presented in chronological order. Please note — not all races are currently ranked, so check back soon!

Official RaceRank™ Data

SufferLevel™ — Know Your Race!


What is SufferLevel™ by Endurance Nation?

SufferLevel™ is a metric based on the current weather, terrain, etc., a comprehensive score that allows participants to modify their approach to racing the event. Regardless of how you train, your race performance is predicated on how you execute. And your execution plan has to work within the constraints of the day you are racing — aka The Weather. 


Why SufferLevel™?

Athletes constantly check the weather in the days leading up to their event, but they don’t necessarily have the experience or racing strategy options available to make appropriate decisions about execution based on the evolving conditions. Example — The temperature will be 65 in the AM, but 82 in the PM…is or is that not hot?


SufferLevel™ is Released 48 Hours Before Every Race

The file you download below was our best guess at conditions for that race at that time. Downloading the 2016 guide for 2017….no bueno! Bookmark this page or follow Endurance Nation on Social Media for pre-race updates!

Official SufferLevel™ Data