It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time
“Brutal. A bear. Remote. Vertical. Unrunnable. Fallen Trees. Beautiful. Dragon Ball Z course.” Part high-altitude ultramarathon, part obstacle course, part wilderness trek, Beetle Kill is something a little different. Don’t count on manicured trails, crowd support, or fancy aid stations. You probably shouldn’t count on finishing either.
Local time: 5:09 AM
The Crawford 100 in 2014 was a bad idea. It proved a formidable challenge to a solid group of graduate ultrarunners. So we changed the name and made it longer.
0.0% asphalt. Mostly single track (not the kind you dream about) with some Jeep roads as well. 2X out and back. ~9,500 ft. average elevation. ~50,000 ft. of elevation change (25k gain and loss) over last year’s approximately 100 miles. Expect the Beetle Kill to have more. 48 hour cutoff. Starts at sunset (8:32 PM) on Friday night and ends at sunset on Sunday.
2014 Race Reports:
The Mountain Pine Beetle has devastated many forests in recent years, including parts of the Gunnison National Forest east of Crawford, CO. Learn more about the epidemic and what is being done to fight it here: