Come run in beautiful Switzerland of America, for the 17th annual half marathon and the 7th annual full marathon on Saturday, August 12, 2017, in the event previously voted Best Get Away Weekend by Colorado Runner magazine readers!
Registration is limited to the first 1,000 registrants. Register now to reserve your spot and get the best value!
The full marathon starts at 6:30AM at the Ridgway Solar Ranch Park and the participants run to Fellin Park (a/k/a the Ouray Hot Springs Park) . Once the marathon runners reach Ouray Hot Springs Park, they will turn around and run back to Ridgway and finish the race where they started! Last year we made a few changes in the middle of the marathon course, which decreased the hill climbs. Those changes were well-received so we will keep them in place this year. We highly recommend that you study the map available at www.mtsneffelsmarathon.com prior to the race. There will be plenty of aid stations (with toilets) along the course. The elevation of Ouray is 7,800 ft. and the elevation of Ridgway is 7,000 ft. This beautiful course is primarily on a dirt county road.
The half marathon starts at 7:30AM on Main St, directly adjacent to Fellin Park (a/k/a Ouray Hot Springs Park). Half marathoners will start by running south down Main St. and then turn around at 3rd Ave. and run north down Main St. back to the Hot Springs Park where they will run a counter-clockwise 3/4 lap around the asphalt track, exit the park, and run down 2nd Street south all the way to 3rd Avenue, turn right and follow road on to Oak Street. Once the runners get on Oak Street/CR17 in Ouray, you remain on the same road (turns into CR23) for approximately 7.5 miles until you come to a "T" intersection. Turn left (note that marathon runners turn right here) and continue on CR23 all the way to Solar Ranch Park in Ridgway. Please consult the half marathon course map.
We will be providing support on the course until 1:30pm so that all the marathon and half marathon participants should have plenty of time to finish. We love our walkers and any of our participants are free to walk or run the course at any point during the race. Again, there will be plenty of race staff and refreshments at the finish line for all!
Each marathon and half marathon registrant will receive an official long sleeve race tech shirt and half price entry to the Ouray Hot Springs Pool and the Box Canyon Falls the weekend of the event.
Also, just like last year, each participant (age 21 and over, of course) will be entitled at the finish line to a free beer donated by one of our local micro-breweries. We will be checking driver's licenses and providing wrist bands.
We will be providing snacks at the end, including fruit, bagels and cold chocolate milk.
Participants who finish the marathon and half marathon will be awarded finisher medals. Awards in gender and age categories and male and female course record awards will be presented. The awards ceremony for the money prize winners and overall winners for both the half and full marathons will be held at the Ridgway Town Park on the stage. Awards will have a local touch to make this event memorable for all!
We will again have a Kids' Fun Run in Ridgway (near the finish line for the marathon/half marathon) that starts at approximately 10:30AM. Each Kid's Fun Run registrant will receive a finisher ribbon.
Throughout the morning (starting from approximately 9:30 AM), bus transportation will be provided from Solar Ranches park (Ridgway) back to Ouray Rotary Park and Ouray Hot Springs/Fellin Park.
Similar to other races in the industry, Mt. Sneffels does not refund entry fees. In addition, an entry fee into this year’s race does not transfer to next year’s event. This policy applies to individuals with injuries, unexpected business, family emergencies, etc. Additionally, the fee is nonrefundable if the event is canceled due to the threat of or acts of God, war, terrorism, disaster, earthquake, government regulation and/or for economic/financial reasons. While Mt. Sneffels does not offer refunds or deferrals, registrants may transfer their registrations to a different event on the same day or to another person.
For lodging options, visit our Sponsor page at www.mtsneffelsmarathon.com. If you would like assistance in finding lodging for Friday and/or Saturday nights, August 11th and 12th, please call the Ouray Visitor's Center at 970-325-4746 or 800-228-1876 or the Ridgway Chamber at 970-626-5181 or 800-220-4959.
Race Registration questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Interim Race Director: Tamara Gulde 970-325-4006
Elite Athlete Coordinator: John Ferguson email@example.com.
Race fees go directly to the Mt. Sneffels Education Foundation , a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives and educational experiences of the youth in Ouray County.
Donations gladly accepted. Please go to the fund raising page on active.com to make an additional donation.
Event details and schedule
Online registration through active.com will end at 11:59pm on August 7, 2017. If the race has not already exceeded 1,000 registrants, then additional registrations will be accepted in person only at packet pick-up the evening before the race or on race day. The price for both the half and full marathons increase by $10, respectively, after August 7th.
Packet pick-up will be available Friday, August 11 (the night before the race), from 5PM to 8PM at the Ouray Hot Springs Park (Fellin Park). Packet pick-up is also available the morning of the race at the same location.
Marathoners can get their packet at the Ridgway Soccer field starting line at 6:00AM; however, they are strongly encouraged to get packets Friday at packet pick-up.
CHECK MtSneffelsMarathon.com for details and updates.