Where and When
Ouray, Colorado, starting in Fellin Park at 9:00 am, Saturday May 20, 2023
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!
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! Temperatures in May are often cool, typically ranging from 38F to 63F with an average of six days of precipitation.
To be eligible to start any given hour, you must be inside the starting corral (red area) 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.
Please park in the lot south of the park accessible from 9th avenue. You may use the Hot Springs parking lot before the race to unload stuff, but please don't otherwise park a vehicle there during the race.
You'll be assigned an 8 ft by 8 ft area to set up your personal station. You can request either a spot under the big canopy or else a spot outside of it (the latter makes sense if you want to set up your own personal canopy of 8 x 8 ft or less). A group of runners can mutually request to be adjacent to each other or to share space (a shared space will be enlarged to at least 50 sq ft per person). Requests to set up a personal canopy larger than 8 x 8 ft will only be entertained for groups of 2 or more runners, or if you are willing to set it up in the gravel section of the picnic area.
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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