Update - July 2, 2020
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Are you excited? In just 3.5 short weeks, our adventure together begins! Thank you for your patience as we work through all of the changes for this year’s race. There is plenty to communicate, and you can look forward to more messages highlighting specific parts of this year’s event.
The park has given us final details and approval. The Safety Protocols document has been updated. Here are the major updates you need to know:
Runners will be starting in waves of 10 every 5 minutes. Based on UltraSignup predicted times, runners start in order from fastest to slowest so additional spreading of the field occurs as the race progresses.
The first wave of runners will start at 3:00a and our final wave will leave just before the regular race start at 5:25a. We understand that the early start times are not optimal, but we have to balance wave starts with the need to have runners off Montgomery Ridge before afternoon thunderstorms become more likely. Wave assignments can be found here. Runners wanting to request a wave swap can email firstname.lastname@example.org with their request & rationale no later than July 19.
Cut-Offs will be enforced by wave groups. This gives all runners roughly equal time on course, and removes the pressure for those chasing cut-offs to seek earlier starts.
The race is capped at 300 runners. Limited waitlist invites are going out now.
The 60km option is remains open. We appreciate those who can opt into the 60km in advance of race day, but you may also make the decision to divert when you reach Montgomery Aid (mile 23.2) during your 100km effort.
Clearly Canadian Aid (mile 37.7/44.0) will NOT be crew access. We are adding a Crew Rally Point (mile 45.3) just down the road. This will be a staffed area with water, and is the earliest point that pacers can join their runners. Crews can get here by hiking 2.5mi in from the parking area at the north end of the main park road (CR41).
The final course map, aid station table, and GPX file are now online. The approved course comes out to 61.0 miles, and retains its status/points as qualifiers for Western States and UTMB.
Necessary Gear. As additional safety margin this year, runners are STRONGLY recommended to carry a rain jacket, gloves, hat, and capacity for 40oz of water at all times, as well as a headlight upon leaving Ruby Jewel Aid (mile 29.4).
Crew/Pacer Registration & Additional Waiver for Runners. Everyone – Runners, Crews, Pacers, etc – needs to sign and agree to this form, promising to adhere to safety protocols and proper contact tracing. All signees will receive a personalized bib. No signature -> no bib -> no participation. Personal information will be kept confidential.
The deadline for full deferrals to 2021 has passed. Requests to defer from now through July 19 will receive 50% credit toward a future race.
With all the new information this year, if you have questions or find conflicting information, please email us.
About the event
The Never Summer 100km will take place almost entirely within the boundaries of State Forest State Park and run between the Never Summer Mountains on the northern border of Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) and the Medicine Bow Mountains to the north of Cameron Pass.
The first 20 miles of the race will offer a tour of the peaks and alpine lakes of the northern Never Summer Mountains, before the route crosses Cameron Pass and heads north into the southern Medicine Bow Mountains for more peaks and lakes over the final 40 miles.
Cameron Pass sits at the top of the iconic Poudre Canyon and near the headwaters of the Cache La Poudre River, almost exactly halfway between Fort Collins and Steamboat Springs (1.5 hours either way), an hour south of Laramie, WY, and 2.5 – 3 hours from Denver.
This is a mountain race in the truest sense of the term, with extended periods of high alpine ridge running, two alpine peaks, and five alpine lakes visited along the way. When above timberline, you will enjoy huge views of the northern Never Summer Mountains to the south, the stunning peaks of RMNP to the southeast, expansive vistas across North Park to the Park Range above Steamboat Springs to the west, and even north out to Wyoming’s Snowies.
The race covers a huge variety of terrain, from cross country, to jeep and logging roads, to bomber alpine trail, and pretty much everything in between. There are some sections of the course that have seen very little foot traffic in recent years and are rough and overgrown as a consequence; this only adds to the ‘charm’ of the race. Elk and cattle cut their own paths which can easily lead you astray if you don’t follow the route markings carefully. You’ll cross meadows and streams, you’ll wade through mud up to your shins, you’ll negotiate rocks, and you’ll go over and under more downed trees than you care to remember. There is quite literally something new around every corner on this course. Expect to see moose, elk and maybe some bighorn sheep through the course of your run.
Our aim with this race is to offer a challenging ultra-distance mountain-running experience in a wild and beautiful setting. With a cut-off of 24 hours, we believe that anybody with adequate training and the requisite mental fortitude can complete this run, but please also be aware that this is a true mountain wilderness experience in challenging terrain, much of it between 10,000ft and 12,000ft.
Rules & Registration Details
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