Where and When
Ouray, Colorado, starting in Fellin Park at 9:00 am, Saturday May 16, 2020.
A Backyard Ultra. Complete an easy 4.167 mile course. If you finish in less than an hour—just a 14:24 pace per mile—you get to do it again at the top of the hour. The race continues hour after hour until there is only one person left. To secure the win, that person must successfully complete one more hour than anyone else. The race then ends.
For many runners, a backyard race is a good opportunity for setting a distance PR! For a very strong runner, there is another kind of opportunity altogether—because we are an affiliate of the Big Dog's Backyard Ultra in Tennessee, the winner is potentially eligible to attend the Tennessee race, depending on the results of other affiliate races around the world.
An easy out-and-back with only 140 feet of vert (1.3% average grade). The course includes about 0.50 mile on an asphalt running track, 0.75 mile on smooth dirt roads, and about 2.9 miles on the Uncompahgre River Walk (a gravel footpath broad enough for easy passing).
Although the course itself is easy, the altitude here is about 7700 feet above sea level. This may become a factor, especially when runners start getting tired!
The weather in mid-May is generally good, but often cool. Typical temperature ranges for this time of year are 34F to 52F. The chance of precipitation is typically 17%. Snow cover is just barely posible, but unusual this time of year—it would be weird to have more than an inch or so, or for it to linger much more than a day.
The starting corral is the red area on the map, consisting of the paved path adjacent to picnic area. To be eligible to start any given hour, you must be inside the starting corral when the hour officially begins. No late starts! Once the hour starts, you must immediately embark on the course and remain on it, other than for restroom breaks as described below, until you finish the circuit.
Just west of the starting corral is the area designated for crew stations (including self-crewing stations). On the map, this area is shown in blue.
Race-provided aid will include both hot and cold food and drinks.
Overnight parking is permitted within the green area south of the Start (accessible from 9th Avenue). You may use the Hot Springs parking lot before the race to unload or set up your crew station, as long as you don't leave a vehicle there overnight.
The South Restroom is near the Start/Finish. A runner may visit this restroom either between laps (i.e., after finishing one circuit and before starting the next), or while on course, but only after first completing the initial 0.25 mile asphalt path around the ballfield. The North Restroom is on the River Walk and can be visited at about the 1.5 and 2.7 mile marks.
Amenities and Activities
Jeerleading is encouraged!
The hot springs pool is right next to the Start/Finish.
Many shops, restaurants, a grocery store, four breweries, and a distillery are within a few blocks.
There are many, many nearby trails for bored crew to go explore.
A few miles from town, there is quite a bit of free, dispersed camping.
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