About the race
The High Lonesome 100 is a high flying endurance race in the Sawatch range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. With 22,500' of vertical gain and reaching an elevation of 13,150', it's a hell of a course. The race runs in a loop through some of the most beautiful single track in the state, and takes runners on the Continental Divide and Colorado Trail, through 2 ghost towns, over 5 alpine passes, through remote basins, and over soaring ridges. It's also run and staffed by experienced and quality individuals, so you'll get to be a part of a wonderful community. If you're looking for a true mountain race, created in the spirit of the classic 100 milers, then look no further. This will be our third year, and we hope you will join us!
Location: County Road 321, Mount Princeton, Colorado (coordinates: 38.740282, -106.161237)
Distance: 99.8 miles
Average Elevation: 10,600'
High Point: 13,150'
Low Point: 8,150'
Total Elevation Gain: 22,500'
Cut off: 36 hours
Course type: 66% single track, 21% mining roads, 10% gravel roads, and 3% paved roads
Entry fee: $375, $410 after Dec 31st, 2018.
Qualifying to run
The High Lonesome 100 is not an easy race. It's high, remote, rugged, relentless, and steep. This race will test even experienced endurance runners who have run mountainous 100 mile races. We have these qualification requirements because we believe that to have the best chances of succeeding, you need to have some experience with long distance or 100 mile trail races. YOU CANNOT REGISTER FOR THE RACE WITHOUT HAVING COMPLETE A QUALIFIER. In order to enter to run the 2019 High Lonesome 100, you must meet one of the following requirements:
- Finish a 50 mile or 100k trail race between Nov 1st, 2017 and October 31st, 2018.
- Finish a 100+ mile trail race within the past 10 years
1. You must wait to register until you are qualified meaning you cannot enter the race or waitlist until you have completed a qualifying race. The RD may, at his discretion, waive this requirement. If you feel that you have a GOOD reason why you should get an exception, email the RD.
2. A trail race is defined as any race that takes place at least 75% on non-paved surfaces. Non-paved surfaces include singletrack, double track, mining or logging roads, gravel roads, or dirt roads.
3. Finish is defined as an official finish as classified by the respective race.
Good news, we are now a Hardrock qualifier! We are also worth 6 points towards UTMB. We are NOT a Western States qualifier.
Refunds and Deferments
The 2019 High Lonesome will not offer any refunds or deferments, with the following exceptions:
1. Deferral is allowed to registered entrants who have been selected to run the 2019 Western States Endurance Run or the 2019 Hardrock 100. This does NOT include being selected to the respective waitlists. The deferral amount allowed is 75% of the entry fee (not including fees, trail work opt outs, additional purchases, or miles-to-dollars donations). Deadline for requesting the deferral is 12/31/18.
2. A full refund is allowed for female entrants who become pregnant after registering for the race and no longer wish or are able to run in the 2019 event. Non refundable items are fees, trail work opt outs, additional purchases, or miles-to-dollars donations. Deadline for requesting the refund is 6/1/19.
Trail work requirement
In order to run the 2019 High Lonesome 100, each runner must complete 8 hours of physical trail work or pay the opt out fee of $125. The trail work must be completed between 11/1/2018 and 7/8/2019. Proof of trail work completion must be received by July 8, 2019. Failure to meet this requirement will result in removal from the event, and being required to pay the opt out fee at the time of any future registration.
We take this requirement very seriously. Each year, we have removed 1 runner who has failed to meet this requirement. Please plan accordingly.
The High Lonesome 100 is proud to support the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, one of the leaders in new trail construction and maintenance in Colorado. CFI has been a partner of our race since 2016, and we look forward to working with them for another year.
100% of all trail work opt out fees are donated to CFI. In the past two years, the High Lonesome 100 has donated almost $9,000 to CFI. This is remarkable considering the massive start up fees for the race and the fact that we have not operated in the black in 2017 or 2018. We bring this up not to brag, but rather to reinforce how strongly we believe in trail stewardship. Please join us in supporting CFI and other trail conservation agencies both financially and physically.
Find yourself on the waitlist? Don't fear, we've gone through the list in both previous years. In 2017 we had 73 out of 75 spots filled, and in 2018 we had 100 out of 100 filled. Our anticipated turnover for 2019 is between 15-30%, and each spot typically takes 2 waitlisters to fill...meaning that if we have 15 people drop, it would likely take 30 waitlist spots to fill those. If we have 30 people drop, it would take 60 waitlist spots to fill those. So, even if you are somewhere in the 30-60 position on the list, there is still a very good chance you will get in. Every year we have had a couple spots open up the week of the race, so if you are the last minute type there is usually a chance you can get in.
Local time: 4:48 AM
If you are on the waitlist, you must still meet all the qualifying and trail work requirements. If you have completed your trail work prior to the trail work deadline, you will be moved to the front of the line once the deadline has passed.
Questions? Email the RD, but also be patient. Most of the waitlist action happens from March-July.