14 Mile Course (23k)
Saturday, August 24, 2019 • 6:00am Start at Oak Street Plaza (base of the Gondola)
This course is held entirely on the Telluride Ski Area and will climb to the summit of 13,300ft Palmyra Peak from the town of Telluride. The course will cover a variety of terrain that includes jeep roads, forested single track, a high ridge traverse across the top of Gold Hill and a steep loose climb to the top of Palmyra Peak (13,300 ft). This course will work your lungs with 5,000 ft of vertical gain in the first half of the course.
You should know... there are sections of this course that are extremely technical, steep and loose. THIS IS A MOUNTAIN RACE, NOT A TRAIL RUN- participants will be running to altitudes of over 13,000ft on exposed ridgelines and steep, rocky summits. The trails are extremely rocky and at times there are no trails at all. There are many sections of this course that will be exposed to falls, potential rockfall and hazardous weather. There will be safety personnel along sections of the route monitoring these hazards but all participants should be responsible for their own safety. THIS IS NOT AN EVENT FOR BEGINNERS
Distance: About 14 Miles (23K)
Start/ Finish: Oak Street Plaza, Telluride (base of the Gondola)
Elevation Gain: About 5,000 ft (1,500m)
Overall time limit: 8 hours
Number of Aid Stations: 2
Max number of Runners: 50
Aid Stations and Cut Off times:
There will be two fully stocked aid stations along the 14 mile course. All aid stations will be stocked with water, electrolyte drink, sweet and salty snacks, first aid, and super nice volunteers!
*Cut-off times will be strictly enforced for the safety of the runners.
There will be no drop bags for the 14 mile race.
Packet Pick up:
Packet pick up will take place Friday, Aug 23th, from 4:00pm to 7:30pm at the Oak Street Plaza (base of the Gondola). If you absolutely can't make it on Friday you can pick up your bib at the racer check in starting one hour before your race.
We encourage spectators to cheer on the runner s along the course. There is no vehicle access to the public along the 14 mile course so spectators will need to hike. The gondola is free to the public and San Sophia Station is the easiest access to start a hike. 14 mile runners will also pass near this spot in the final miles of the race.
*We ask that spectators do not hike to the top of Palmyra Peak. The terrain is steep and loose and there is limited space for the runners and our safety personnel. Thanks.
The course will be well marked with flagging tape, flags and at some intersections, directional signs. The race organizers will do everything they can to have the course well marked for race participants the day of the event. Runners must follow trail markings and not cut switchbacks. Please be sure to understand the course! This is super important- Despite all our efforts to mark the course really well, some of our route marking have gone missing every year. We will be posting a more detailed route description and GPS track later this summer after the snow has melted.