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The Ouray County 2013 Race Series is About to Begin!


Mt. Sneffels Education Foundation Introduces a New Race to the 2013 Race Series in the San Juans.

logo mt sneffels marathonEvery year, marathon runners nationwide participate in at least one of the magnificent courses offered in The Mt. Sneffels Race Series, and this year, there is one more to watm you up for the season! 

2009 Mt. Sneffels Half Marathon photos 9 600 450 80A non-profit organization working with Ouray County Youth since 1992, The Mt Sneffels Education foundation provides academic artisitic and cultural projects for the youth of Ouray and Ridgway. trips to the Natural History Museum in Denver, Choral workshops and books for the Summer reading Program are just a tiny sample of the many projects sponsored by the foundation, living up to its mission statement: "To involve the Ouray County Comminity in developing resources to enrich our students lives and to broaden their educational experiences."

Of course, support for the varied projects for youth can be pricey, and it is through fundraising events that the bulk of this money is made. One of the most successful events sponsored by Mt Sneffels Education Foundation is the Mt Sneffels Marathon and Half Marathon in August. This year marks the second year that Mr. John Ferguson, President of the foundation has organnised an entire Race Series, adding a seventh race to the schedule, much to the excitement of community members as well as athletes eager to break in their new running shoes on the trails of the San Juans.

2013ocrsBy competing in all seven races, or six races and volunteering for one, participants receive a special finisher award. Not only is this recognition for supreme athletecism, but also for the contribution to Ouray Counties education programs.

The 2013 Race Series is as follows:

Sunday, April 28, 2013 - Mud Fest 5K

The newest race in the series, the Mud Fest 5K is the perfect way to warm up into the 2013 Race Series! Celebrating its second year, the Ouray County Mud Fest welcomes runners to participate in this 5K which begins at 8:00am at the Ouray County Fairgrounds, crossing Highway 62 and taking the trail to the entrance of the Riverwalk before circling back to the beginning. Once runners have completed the course, stay on to watch and welcome the end of the mud season!

Monday, May 27, 2013 - Compassion 5K

IMG 0580 Jan Peart 2  12 120 90 80 cIn its third year, the Compassion Run operates in conjunction with Compassion Weekend in June, raising funds for families in need in Ouray County.

The running course will be an out and back loop mostly following the Flat river Trail north of Ouray along the Uncompahgre river.

Saturday, June 15, 2013 - Trail Town 10 Miler

mile12 19 600 450 80Trailtown, Ridgway, Colorado

This is the second year for this 10k race, which will begin in Trailtown in Ridgway, Colorado, following a course along County Road 10, or Cow Creek Pass, a beautiful stretch of trail.

Thursday, July 4, 2013 - Ourayce 10K

Starting at Felin Park in Ouray, Colorado, this 10k run is a fantastic journey through some of the most beautiful terrain around.

Saturday, August 10, 2013- -Mt Sneffels Marathon/Half Marathon

MtSneffelsHalfcourse map 080312There will be three races again this year; a half marathon, which will begin at Fellin Park in Ouray, over County Road 17 and on to Ridgway, a full marathon, beginning in Ridgway, over the same course and back to Ridgway, and a one mile Kids Fun Run .

Saturday, September 28, 2013 - Ouray Mountain Trail Run

The Ouray Mountain Trail Run is a 14-mile endurance trail race organized to support local Ouray youth recreational programs/events. This challenging course circumnavigates the beautiful town of Ouray, Colorado nestled in the heart of the San Juan mountains.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - Rhythm Run 10K

The final run in the series, this 10k run begins in Ridgway, Colorado, supporting Ridgway High School Students participating in the Colorado Ambassadors of Music Europe Tour 2012.

At the end of each race, what better way to wind down and relax than a long soothing soak in the healing waters of Ouray Counties all natural mineral hot springs? Let the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs be your home base for this years marathon series!




Wright Opera House Brings Yet Another Show Stopper to Ouray!


Jake Abell Returns to the Wright with Rosencrantz & Gildenstern this Weekend in Ouray!

wright logoAfter directing and receiving a positive response to 'Murder in the Cathedral' at the Wright Opera House in 2012, Jack Abell, a graduate of Ouray High School and current student at Baylor University is returning on March 15 and 16th, 2013 for a staged reading of 'Rosencrantz & Gildenstern are Dead'. "With this next play, I'm looking forward to serving up something different that will hopefully resonate again with audiences," said Abell.

Written by Tom Stoppard, the story of Rosencrantz & Gildenstern tells the tale of Shakespeare's Hamlet from the perspective of two of its most minor characters who, in Shakespeare's play, are enlisted by Hamlet's vicious uncle Claudius in his plans to rid himself of his nephew. "Stoppard adds a different perspective to this, making the action much more confused, ambiguous and downright hilarious," says Abell. "we're lucky to have such a great cast including Tony-nominee Terry Kiser, Mike Hockersmith, Dan Preston and a slew of Ouray's finest thespians."

rosencrantzJake and crew will run two readings of Rosencrantz & Gildenstern are Dead on March 15th and 16th at the Historic Wright Opera House. Tickets are $10.00 and, consistent with Jake's efforts working with local schools, students are free.

About the Wright Opera House:

Built in 1888 by the Wright Brothers, the Wright Opera House quickly became a focal point for culture and entertainment in Ouray, contrasting with the saloons and brothels offered at the time. Housing everything over the years from a theater, to movies, to an auto mechanic shop, the Wright has evolved over many decades and has served the town in a variety of capacities. Now, in its 125th year, the Wright is once again a cultural and entertainment venue, and is undergoing a restoration such that it can support the performing arts and the region's vibrant economy for generations to come.

About the Author: Josh Gowans is an avid supporter and fan of the arts. His work with the Friends of the Wright Opera House has been invaluable in bringing recognition to this beautiful historic venue. For information about the Wright and the upcoming staged reading directed by Jake Abell, contact Josh Gowans via email:

The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is always excited to bring news of upcoming events at the Wright Opera House. From Jazz to Folk music, movies, plays and melodramas, the Wright delivers something for every taste. From its colorful history, to the beautiful arcitecture, a visit to the Wright Opera House is an adventure the moment you walk through the front doors. 

Located in a small Box Canyon in Southwest Colorado, Ouray itself has so much to offer, the drive to our pictoral little town is just the beginning! Enjoy a weekend adventure: explore the many outdoor activities, from ice climbing and snow shoeing, to wandering the shops on Main Street, followed by a soothing soak in our mineral hot spring tubs, and finish the day with a great show at this historic venue!




Ouray County Wine and Whiskers Carnival is Growing!


Second Chance Humane Society celebrates 6th Annual Wine and Whiskers at Ouray County 4-H Event Center!

second chance logoEvery year, Second Chance Humane Society works to preserve and better the lives of animals all across the Western Slope. Since opening doors in Ridgway in 1194, the Second Chance Humane Society has saved thousands of pets in Ouray and San Miguel Counties. With the support of these two communities, they have been able to move their facilities to a large ranch outside of Ridgway, which offers the space to extend the number of animals they can take in.

As this non-profit organization grows, much through donations and volunteers, still it needs help. With fund raising events throughout the year, awareness of both the success of Second Chance, and its growing needs are made public. Of course, because Second Chance is about finding forever homes, which is a happy event, their fund raising efforts are certainly geared toward the joys of life, which are enhanced by that special dog, cat or hamster in every persons life.

santapawsSanta Paws has been a huge success for the Humane Society, and no less so here in Ouray County. It appears everyone had been missing the chance for their furry family members to tell Santa what they needed for the holidays.

The Second Chance Thrift Shop, located in downtown Ridgway is a huge source of income for the Humane Society, as well as a great place to view photos of the most recent possibilities for new members of your home.

The Wine and Whiskers Gala is somewhat new on the fund raising front, but has also achieved enormous results. Each year, the festivities get bigger and better, and this year, the have gotten so big, Second Chance has decided to spread the fun over two days. This way, everyone will get a chance to enjoy all of the fun there is to be had while serving a great cause!

Every year has been famous for the fashion show, which dominated the entire first part of the evening. This year, the opening night Mixer, Thursday March 14, from 6-8pm, is specifically dedicated to the fashion show. A small silent auction will be held as well, but the focus is on the show. Enjoy an evening of models walking the cat-walk displaying a variety of colorful ensembles straight from the thrift shop and given a whole new life. This is a fashion show not to be missed! Tickets for this event are $20.00 at the door, or $15.00 if purchased early.

winenwhiskersOn Saturday, March 16, put your dancing shoes on, and come with an empty belly! Chefs from all around the area will present a selection of decadent samplers, as revelers participate in a silent auction featuring a variety of local crafts and services, followed by a live auction sure to get you bidding, as well as an encore of the fashion show! But wait! Theres more! Dance the night away to a variety of musical genres presented by DJ Antone. What a fabulous opportunity to dress up and show your support to a great cause! Tickets for the Gala Event are $40.00 in advance, and $45.00 at the door.

So plan your next visit to Ouray around this spectacular event. Spend the weekend relaxing in the mineral hot springs. Go ice climbing, snow shoeing or take a scenic drive during the day, then dress up and head on down to the 4-H Event Center in Ridgway for not just one, but TWO nights of roof raising fun.

Tickets for these events are available at the Second Chance Thrift shop, Buckskin Booksellers, and Telluride Veterinary Clinic. call 970-626-2273 for details.


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