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Mt. Sneffels Marathon/Half

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Come Run in the Switzerland Of America

Ouray is a destination race vacation! The Marathon & Half Marathon is one of the most scenic runs in America. Run point to point downhill on a dirt road along the Uncompahgre River. This race is for all...serious competitors & fun runners. There are great race amenities and finish line activities. Come enjoy the beauty of Ouray this August 17th, 2019!

How to enter the Mt. Sneffels Marathon/Half

  1. Marathon

    Run 26.2mi
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  2. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
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Mt. Sneffels Marathon/Half routes

Marathon- Starts at 6:30am
THE COURSE: The marathon course is the same as last year. We highly recommend that you study the map prior to the race. In general, the race starts at the Ridgway Athletic Park in Ridgway and marathoners run south toward Ouray, turnaround in Ouray’s Hot Springs Park and return to Ridgway using the exact same course to the finish line at Ridgway Athletic Park. Please note that there is an out and back spur on CR 3 (via CR 3A) in the first 3 miles of the race and the same out and back spur at approx. Mile 23. You must run down CR 3 for approximately one mile where there is a volunteer at the turnaround to record bib numbers to ensure all marathoners get to the turnaround two times during the race. No dogs, bicycles or strollers are allowed on the course. We will have Mt. Sneffels race officials on mountain bikes leading the front runners of both races. No timing after 1:00 pm.

Half-Marathon- Starts at 7:30am
THE COURSE: The start of the half-marathon race will be on Ouray’s Main Street, immediately adjacent to the Visitor’s Center. Main Street will be closed to vehicle traffic for approximately 20 mins, starting 10 mins. before the race. The runner’s first mile will take them up to the south end of Main Street (funnel to the left-hand side of road) and turn around at 3rd Ave. Proceed north on Main Street back down to the Hot Springs park where they will run a counter-clockwise ¾ lap around the asphalt track and then exit the park. Run down 2nd Street south all the way to 3rd Avenue and at that T in the road, turn right and follow road up onto Oak Street. Once the runners get on Oak Street/CR 17 in Ouray, you remain on the same road (turns into CR23) for approximately 7.5 miles until you come to a “T” intersection. You will take a left (note that marathon runners will turn right at the “T” onto CR3A) and run straight west, on to CR23 and heading up Heartbreak Hill and continue on CR23 all the way to the finish in Ridgway. Please check the course map for the half-marathon before starting. No dogs, bicycles or strollers are allowed on the course. We will have Mt. Sneffels race officials on mountain bikes leading the front runners of both races. No Timing after 1:00 pm.

MILE MARKERS: Mile markers on the course for the marathon are in red. Half-marathon runners and their mile markers are in a lime green shade.

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Participants who finish the marathon and half marathon will be awarded finisher medals.

The entry fee includes snacks at the finish line, half price admission to the Ouray Hot Springs Pool and to the Box Canyon Falls and an official race tech shirt and race bag.

AWARDS: Age category awards will be available at the awards area in the big tent. If you miss picking up your award, it is your responsibility to contact us and pay for shipping. The ceremony for the Top Race winners for the full and half-marathon will start at approximately noon at the Ridgway Athletic Park area ( Finish Line)

RACE RESULTS: Race results link You can also download the races timing company free app. There you can get results under your specific event mini-app. To download on either the App Store or Android Play Store, go to:

Packet Pick-Up for both races will be held at the Ouray Community Center next to Ouray City Hall, 320 6th Avenue, Ouray, Co 81427, on Friday, Aug 16th, from 5-8:00 pm. Packets will also be available for the Half Marathon the morning of the race 6:30 am - 7:00 am at the Ouray Community Center next to Ouray City Hall, 320 6th Avenue, Ouray, Co. 81427 ( located 10 minutes from the start line) Marathoners can get their packet at the Ridgway Athletic Park starting line at 6:00 am

Have disposable timing chips embedded in them. They also have 3 tear tabs which may be used for ½ priced entry to the Box Canon Falls and Ouray Hot Springs Pool on Friday, Saturday or Sunday of race weekend only, and one for a complimentary micro-brewed beer at the finish line. You must be 21 years old and I.D.’s will be checked. BRING YOUR PHOTO ID.

BAG TRANSPORT: If you want us to transport your race bags, or anything else from Ouray to the finish line for you, we will have a “bag wagon” near the registration area for your convenience. Please label your bag and items. Please pick up your items as soon as you finish the race. We are not responsible for lost or unclaimed items.

AID STATIONS: There will be 13 (6 of which will be serving both directions on the course) aid stations with water and Gatorade. Water, Gatorade and Fruit will be at the Coal Creek Aid Station. GU gel will be in Marathon race bags and at the marathon turnaround on CR3. Additional snacks and a beer tent will be located at the finish line park. EMTs will be on call and /or located at the finish line. PORT A POTTIES will be located at both start, finish and along the route near most aid stations.

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