UPDATE (7/6/14) - Forest Service has approved changes that remove all blacktop except Ouray and Ridgway surface roads.
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The Ouray 100 Mile Endurance Run is a footrace in and around the small mountain town of Ouray, CO. Starting and ending near the Ouray Hot Springs, the course explores jeep roads and single track trails in the picturesque San Juan Mountains. The course then travels north out of the mountains through the neighboring Town of Ridgway before heading east via county and forest roads to the turnaround at Owl Creek Pass. On their return, runners are treated to panoramic views of numerous 13k and 14k ft. peaks as they make their way back into the mountains to the finish in Ouray, where the hot springs await!
During their adventure, runners will endure an average elevation of around 9,000 feet. The course has over 20,000 feet of elevation gain and loss for a total elevation change of over 40,000 feet. Runners will top out around 13,000 feet early in the race before being treated to stunning sunrise views of Ptarmigan Lake (12,939 ft.), unofficially the 10th highest lake in the United States. Abandoned mines, high mountain basins, trails through dense Aspen trees, breathtaking overlooks. You won't believe this place until you see it with your own eyes.