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Local San Juan Trail Races

Every year thousands of runners travel to SW Colorado to experience the beauty and challenge of running in the San Juan Mountains. Below is a list of popular local trail races offered in our area. If you are interested in participating in one of these local events but have doubts about running in our sometimes notoriously rough terrain and high altitude, give us a call!. We can set up custom outings for you before the race to familiarize you with our local mountains, help you acclimatize to the thin air and prepare you for your event. Click here for more info .

2016 San Juan Race Events

  • San Juan Solstice 50

    Starts and finishes in Lake City, CO. | June 25, 2016

    50 miles | 13,000′ gain | 13,000′ loss

    The San Juan Solstice 50 mile endurance run is a scenic but very rugged loop at high altitude in the San Juans. The run consists of five main sections: the climb up Alpine Gulch and down William’s Creek, the climb up to the old mining town of Carson, a long section along the Continental Divide, a descent to Slumgullion Pass, and a final hump up and over the Vicker’s Ranch plateau. The very demanding San Juan Solstice 50 is for experienced trail runners only. website | registration
  • Hardrock 100

    Starts and finishes in Silverton, CO. | July 15-16, 2016

    100 miles | 33,000′ gain | 33,000′ loss

    The course alternates each year and 2015 is a 100 mile counter-clockwise loop through the back country of the San Juan Mountains in beautiful southwestern Colorado. The Hardrock 100 connects or passes near the old mining towns of Silverton, Lake City, Ouray, Telluride and Ophir. With a total elevation gain of approximately 33,000′ and an average elevation at near tree line of 11,186′, the Hardrock 100 peaks out at over 14,000’ on Handies Peak, one of Colorado’s 14’ers. website | registration
  • Kendall Mountain Run

    Starts and finishes in Silverton, CO. | July 23, 2016

    12 miles | 3,750′ gain | 3,750 loss

    Jeep roads to within the 250-foot scramble to the summit. Ascend from 9,318 feet to 13,066 feet atop Kendall Mountain; Descent follows same course. Finish at Silverton’s historic Town Hall & 14th Street, with a delicious picnic in nearby Memorial Park. website | registration
  • Telluride Mountain Run

    Starts and finishes in Telluride, CO. | Aug 6, 2016

    38 miles | 14,000′ gain | 14,000′ loss

    The Telluride Mountain Run is a 38 mile race in the San Juan Mountains above Telluride, Colorado. With minimal aid, runners will navigate old mining roads, singletrack and alpine tundra over ten mountain passes at more than 12,000 ft. T-rad is extremely difficult, and the front of the race is highly competitive. But the focus of the race is on the experience: the burn of high elevation, the striking colors of the mountain environment, and the reward of finishing right where you started. website | registration
  • Mt. Sneffels 1/2 and Marathon

    1/2 marathon starts in Ouray, CO and finishes in Ridgway, CO | Aug 13, 2016

    Marathon starts and finishes in Ridgway, CO. | Aug 8, 2015

    Ouray is a destination race vacation! The half marathon is one of the most scenic in America. Run point to point downhill on a dirt road along the Uncompaghre River. This race is for all…serious competitors, fun runners, and walkers. There are great race amenities and finish line activities. Come enjoy the beauty of Ouray. website | registration
  • Silverton Alpine

    Starts and finishes in Silverton, CO. | Aug 22, 2015

    26.7 miles | 3,8oo’ gain | 3,800′ loss

    31.1 miles | 4,100′ gain | 4,100′ loss

    50 Kilometer and Marathon (~26.7 Mile) loop in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. The course follows the “Alpine Loop” jeep roads past the ghost mining towns of Howardsville, Eureka, Animas Forks and Gladstone. High point is California Pass at 12,930 feet! website | registration
  • Imogene Pass Run

    Starts in Ouary, CO. | Finishes in Telluride, CO. | Sept 10, 2016

    17.1 Miles | 5,000′ gain | 4,000′ loss

    The first known run over Imogene Pass, 13,114′, was that done by Rick Trujillo on Tuesday, August 6, 1974, when he ran from Ouray via the pass to Telluride (2:32:57), as a training run for the Pikes Peak Marathon, after a day’s work at the Camp Bird mine. A chance encounter with some Telluride people resulted in a formal race being established. On September 29, 1974, six runners participated in the first “Imogene Pass Mountain Marathon”. Rick was the first to cross the finish line, in 2:21:18.  Today the Imogene Pass Run has increased greatly in size and importance from its humble origins in 1974. Where once it was an adventure run for a few pioneers, today the race is immensely popular and the number of registered participants is by necessity restricted, due to safety and logistics reasons. From the original field of six, it has grown to encompass more than 1200 participants! website and registration
  • Ouray Mountain Trail Run

    Starts and finishes in Ouray, CO. | Sept 24, 2016

    12 miles | 3,800′ gain | 3,800′ loss

    A difficult 12 mile loop on mountain trails around the town of Ouray, CO> website | registration