Trail Running & Running Races Near Ouray

2010 Imogene Pass Run Start

Trail running near Ouray is very popular during the summer and fall.  Numerous trails exist from town that treat runners to delightful overlooks, long ridges, aspen forests and steep ascents.  Runners interested in well marked trails with variable terrain need only look to some simple loop runs.  The Portland Trail combined with a hike to a scenic overlook makes a great loop while others such as the Silver Shield trail can be either out and back or combined with the Oak Creek trail and/or the Twin Peaks trail for longer stretches.  You can purchase a trail map at the hotel or directly from the Ouray Trails Group.

2012 was the inaugural year of the Ouray Race Series.  This race series included 6 races between May and October.  In 2013, the Ouray Race Series has expanded to include a race for the Ouray County Mud Fest too.  Dates for 2013 are:

    • April 28: Mud Fest 5K
    • May 27: Compassion 5K
    • June 15: Trail Town 10 Miler
    • July 4:  Ourayce
    • August 10: Mt. Sneffels 1/2 Marathon
    • September 28: Ouray Mountain Trail Run
    • October 19: Rhythm Run

The Mt. Sneffels Education Foundation 1/2 and full marathon will be run on Saturday August 10, 2013.  The 1/2 marathon starts at the Ouray Hot Springs Park and winds through Ouray to County Road 17.  This mostly downhill course ends in Ridgway.  The marathon course will begin in Ridgway and run to Ouray and then backtrack.  In Ridgway, following the runs, you will be treated to the 29th Annual Ridgway Rendezvous, a spectacular art and craft show in Hartwell Park with music and beer.   Online registration will be available beginning in February 2013.

If trail running is your idea of entertainment, Ouray is home to two serious trail running events in the summer and fall.  The Imogene Pass Run will occur on September 7, 2013 with registration starting on June 1, 2013.  The Imogene Pass Run is a 17 mile run from Ouray to Telluride up and over Imogene Pass which tops out over 13,000 feet.  This run is not for the untrained or faint of heart and draws 1500 runners yearly.  The Hard Rock 100 is in mid July each year and this ultra trail run connects the towns of Telluride, Silverton, Lake City and Ouray.  In 48 hours or less, runners go up and over a 14er (Handies Peak) and put 100 miles under their feet as well as visit these old mining towns.  Needless to say, this one is for the truly fit.

The Mt. Kendall half marathon is in its 36th year in 2013.  The races will be run on July 20.   It is a run up Kendall Mountain from the town of Silverton and then back down for a total elevation change of 3800 feet one way!  You can turn this run into a full blown marathon by doing the course twice and this is the 4th year that they have opened it up to participants to complete a total of an 8000 ft. climb and an 8000 ft. descent.

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