Ouray County Race Series 2012

May 28: Compassion 5K, Ouray, Colorado

June 16: Trail Town 10-Miler, Ridgway, Colorado*

Starts at 7:30 a.m. at the Trail Town Still in Ridgway

This keyhole "lollipop" course begins and ends on Palimino Drive in Trail Town. It goes out County Road 12 to County Road 12A to County Road 10. Proceed east to County Road 10A. Run south, back to County Road 12, all the way back to Palimino Drive for the finish.

*Information obtained from "Trail Town 10 Miler" brochure


July 4: Ourayce 10K, Ouray, Colorado

Starts at 8:00 a.m. at the Ouray City Hall

This run begins at the Ouray City Hall on 6th Avenue going east and then turns north onto 5th Street. From 5th the course turns west onto 8th Avenue and connects with Main street going North. It will continue north on Main/HWY 550 along the winding canyon road, with its gorgeous scenery, to County Road 17 where it turns south for approximately 3 miles. This road runs along the Uncompahgre River, it's banks littered with trees in full dress, with Mount Sneffels towering in the backdrop. The course continues up Oak Street to Box Canyon Road and then back around to HWY 550/Main Street and returns to Ouray City Hall for the finish.


August 11: Mt. Sneffels Marathon/Half-Marathon Run/Walk, Ouray & Ridgway, Colorado*

  • The 2012 Mt. Sneffels Half-Marathon will be on the circuit for the US Track & Field Colorado Men's Championships for the half-marathon distance

Entry fee:

  • $40 (Half) til July 7th $50 July7th-Aug 10th $60 @packet pick-up
  • $60 (Full) til July 7th $80 July 7th-Aug 10th ..no day of race registration
  • USATF members receive a $3 discount

The 13.1 mile Half-Marathon course begins at the Ouray Hot Springs Park, north of town in Ouray, Colorado. The race winds through the city of Ouray and then goes north on County Road 17 to County Road 23 along the Uncompahgre River Valley and into the town of Ridgway. USTAF certified course. CO11002JF

The Full Marathon starts in Ridgway, goes to Ouray on the same course, and returns to Ridgway. The elevation of Ouray is 7700 ft. and the elevation of Ridgway is 7000 ft. This course is primarily on a dirt county road. It's a beautiful route. USTAF certified course. CO110001JF.

At 10:30 a.m., there is a 1-mile Kids Fun Run. $10 registration fee, includes snack, cap with race logo,finisher ribbon. Contacts:  John Ferguson (970-325-0228) fletcherrun@aol.com or Glynn Williams (970-325-4932)

*Information obtained from http://mtsneffelsmarathon.com/.


September 29: Ouray Trail Run, Ouray, Colorado*

Although this race is fully supported, keep in mind that the course follows steep and rugged, singletrack trails in the high altitude mountainous terrain around Ouray (base elevation 7,700-feet). The course gains over 3,600 vertical feet and includes many steep and loose sections. Another factor is the often unpredicatble fall weather in the San Juans which may range from a mild sunny day to a blizzard. Ultimately, you are responsible for your own safety and the use of good judgement with regards to your ability to enter and finish the race.

2012 Ouray Mountain Trail Run registration opens June 1 2012, please note the following:

    Pre-registration and packet pick-up will be offered on Friday night (9/28/2012) at the Ouray Hot Springs Pool lobby between 6:00 and 7:00 PM.
    Pre-registration and packet pick-up will again be offered on race day - Saturday morning (9/29/2012) at the start/finish line (Hot Springs Park) between 8:30 and 9:30 AM.
    Remember that you will be required to sign a liability waiver at the time you pick-up your race packet.
    Race packets will contain a variety of goodies including your t-shirt as well as discounts to local businesses.
    There will be two aid stations along the course. Both are at Segment 4 - one at the beginning of the segment and one at the end (around miles 6 and 8.5, respectively). The aid station will include beverages and Snacks. There will also be a recovery/aid station at the finish line.
    Bathrooms will be available at the start/finish line and at the aid stations.
    Late September weather in Ouray can be beautiful with brilliant Fall colors just starting to appear. Early dustings of snow on the high peaks and ridges are not uncommon as well. Keep in mind that anything is possible with San Juan mountain weather. This is a rugged course, generally at or above, 8,000-feet. On race day please be prepared to carry extra water and appropriate clothing for the conditions (hat, jacket, and gloves). If the weather is poor, we reserve the right to require that you carry these items.
    The course will be marked with flagging, cones, and signs. In addition, a number of volunteer course marshalls will be strategically located to keep you headed in the right direction. Nevertheless, consider spending a little time studying the course description on this website.
    This course will be flagged. Again, course marshalls will be located along the course to help keep you on track.and spending some time becoming familiar with the course map is wise.
    A volunteer with radio communication capabilities will be located along each of the three major trail segments (Silvershield-Twin Peaks-Oak Creek; Ice Park Loop Trail; and Amphitheater trail system). There will also be medical personnel located at the mid race aid station(s).
    Prizes will be awarded as follows: Overall male and female winners; as well as, male and female age group winners in following age categories - <20, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, >60. Prizes will be custom made by world famous glassblower Sam Rushing (Ouray Glassworks)
    An awards ceremony is planned for 2:00 PM at the finish line. You don't want to miss this one... YOU MUST BE PRESENT AT THE AWARDS CEREMONY TO WIN!

Segment 1: The starting line is at the Ouray Hot Springs Park. The starting elevation is approximately 7,650’. From the starting line at the park, head south and do a 180-degree turn around the gazebo, now going north on a service road. Stay on the service road to just before the Ouray city shop buildings and cross the Uncompahgre river on a small foot bridge on your left. Continue through the City shop yard and turn right (north) on Oak Street for 1.2 miles to the Silvershield Trail Head on the left.

Segment 2: This segment is 4.2 miles. The Silvershield trailhead is at 7,600’ elevation, the high point of this segment is 9,300’, and the Oak Creek/Twin Peaks trailhead is at 8,200’. The start of the Silvershield Trail is fairly steep, but after 0.3 mile you come to an overlook and memorial with an imposing view of numerous old mines across the valley. The trail ascends into the forest, reaching a junction with the Oak Creek Trail at 1.1 miles. Follow the left fork another 0.3 mile where the trail again gives good views across the valley. After passing Rock of Ages Mine, you will come out in the open at 2 miles. Straight ahead will be a grand view of Ouray, the Uncompahgre Gorge, and Cañon Creek. Pick up the trail along the cliffs and you will find the junction with the Twin Peaks Trail at 2.3 miles.

From here the trail climbs briefly to its high point and then descends to Oak Creek. Watch out for high water in the creek, which can make the crossing dangerous. From the creek the trail climbs back out of the Oak Creek Gorge to the intersection with the Oak Creek Trail. This intersection is 1 mile from the Twin Peaks/Silvershield trail junction. Bear left at this intersection and follow the Oak Creek Trail down for 0.9 mile to its trailhead. At 0.3 mile from the last intersection is a big slab rock giving an overlook of Cañon Creek and on up to U.S. Mountain.

Segment 3: From the Oak Creek/Twin Peaks trailhead head down 0.4 mile on South Pinecrest to Queen Street and turn right on Queen Street to Oak Street. Turn right at Oak Street. Then as the road curves left at 3rd Avenue, head to the right up the road to Box Canyon Falls and the Ouray Ice Park. Pass the Box Canyon Falls Visitor Center on your right and continue to the left up the road. As you approach the lower bridge, look for the stone powder house and run to the right of it up a steep hill that will take you to Camp Bird Road. You will run up Camp Bird Road briefly to the first road that takes off to the left, which is the beginning of the Ice Park Trail.

Segment 4: This segment is 1.9 miles. The west Ice Park trailhead is at about 8,100’ elevation, the high point of this segment is 8,200’, and the east Ice Park trailhead is at 8,000’. Follow this gently rolling road for about 0.8 mile until you reach a well marked penstock crossing consisting of wooden steps. Along the way you will see signs for various climbing areas in the Ouray Ice Park (New Funtier and South Park), and you may be tempted to take various left turns presented. However, stay on the main road/trail until you reach the well marked crossing point. Once you reach the crossing point, cross the penstock using the wooden steps and descend steeply for a short distance to the footbridge that crosses the Uncompahgre River. The trail then climbs steeply away from the river and then returns to a dirt road where you will turn left (north). The course follows this rolling road through stands of aspen trees for about a half mile. After a brief ascent, which takes you up close to Highway 550, make a left turn onto a single track portion of the trail which winds back down to the Camp Bird Road. The final 0.1 mile of the loop is very steep as it descends to Camp Bird Road and the east Ice Park trailhead.

Segment 5: From the east Ice Park trailhead head up Camp Bird Road, cross the bridge, and take a right turn heading back down past the stone powder house you passed on the way up to the Ice Park loop trail. Continue back down the Box Canyon Falls road, which you came up in Segment 3, to 3rd Avenue. Turn right (east) on 3rd Avenue and cross Main Street to 6th Street. Turn left (north) on 6th Street to 5th Avenue. At 5th Avenue turn right (east) and head up the trail at the 5th Avenue trailhead. At the Amphitheater Campground road leave the trail and turn right and head down the road to the Baby Bathtubs trailhead on your left.

Segment 6: This segment is 3.9 miles. The Baby Bathtubs trailhead is at 8,100’ elevation, the high point of this segment is 9,200’, and the Lower Cascade Falls trailhead is at 7,900’. The Baby Bathtubs Trail is an easy trail that packs a lot of unusual scenery into a short distance. The distance to the Portland Trail junction is only 0.3 mile with an altitude gain of just 180 feet. The trail crosses the north fork of Portland Creek where water has carved "baby bath tubs" into the colorful rock of the streambed. The trail then follows the gorge of the main fork of Portland Creek with more interesting "photo op" spots until it joins the horse crossing trail below the footbridge over Portland Creek. Follow the horse crossing trail to the left until you intersect Portland Trail (you will not cross the creek).

On Portland Trail you will be mostly in forest, but with many viewing points along the way. The trail begins a gentle climb along a series of switchbacks through the forest, with overlooks of the Amphitheater. After two miles, you will reach a junction at the high point of the Portland Trail. The right fork takes you to the Portland Mine, while the left fork takes you to another junction with the Upper Cascade Trail. Follow the left fork as it descends gradually and then levels off in the forest. Drop again to the wide drainage crossing and then head uphill to the intersection with the Upper Cascade Trail. Stay to the left at this trail junction and continue downhill. At this point you are on the Cascade Trail which you will continue to follow downhill to a junction on your right with the Lower Cascade Trail. Turn sharply right to take the Lower Cascade Trail steeply downhill. You will see the Amphitheater Campground road appear on your left. Stay on the trail to the right of the road and continue steeply downhill for 0.4 mile to the trailhead at Lower Cascade Falls.

Segment 7: From the trailhead follow the social trail downhill towards the left, which takes you onto 8th Avenue. Follow 8th Avenue west and continue across Main Street. Continue down 8th Avenue to the T-junction with 2nd Street. Go right (North) on 2nd Street and follow course markings back into the Hot Springs Park - where the race started.

*Information obtained from http://ouraytrailrun.org/raceInfo.htm


October 27: Rhythm Run 10K/5K, Ridgway, CO

Supporting Ridgway High School students participating in the Colroado Ambassadors of Music Europe Tour 2012.

Print your registration here and pick up your packet at Ridgway Town Park from 9:30 – 11:30 AM on race day, October 27, 2012.

Each runner/walker will receive an athletic visor/hat with race logo

10K: Start on Railroad street across from the tennis courts and head North to the river trail, follow the river trail, turn west/left onto CR 24 and follow 24 to CR5, turn left/south on CR5 and follow to Clinton Street.  Go left or East on Clinton Street until you reach the park, turn right, heading south on Lena street, follow to Sherman Street and turn left, run along the park and turn left onto concrete trail into park and follow past the tennis courts and head for the finish line!

5K run/walk: Start on Railroad street across from the tennis courts and head North to the river trail.  Follow the river trail until you reach the Weaver Memorial Park, turn left towards the park and enter the park turning left and follow the circular path around the bronze eagle, return to the river trail and turn right heading back to Ridgway, through the town and to the park.

*Route information courtesy of Toni Cotton


Participants who run all six races, or run five and volunteer for one, will receive a special finisher's award!


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