Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

Mt Sneffels Marathon/Half Marathon in the 2012 Race series in Ouray

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Sun, Jul 29, 2012 @11:09 AM

Running for a cause on a USATF certified course in Southwest Colorado!


Colorado boasts some of the most spectacular terrain for marathon runners, and this year,  USATF,  the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States is including the Mt.  Sneffels half marathon in one of seven events around Colorado that is part of the  USATF Colorado Grand  Prix. In addition to the usual awards in gender and age categories,  $2000.00 in prize money will be awarded for the  USATF Colorado State Men's Half Marathon Championship. The awards ceremony for both the Half and Full Marathons will be held at the  Ridgway Town Park on the stage that has been erected for the  Ridgway Arts and Crafts Fair which will be going on all weekend.
The Mt Sneffels Marathon and Half Marathon is actually a number of races all on the same day, and with the "Walker" category for the half marathon, more folks can come out and support the Mt.  Sneffels Education Foundation, and enjoy half price admission to the  Ouray Hot Springs Pool and an official race t-shirt.
Beginning at  Fellin Park, at the Hot Springs Pool in  Ouray, the half marathon meanders through the city of  Ouray, eventually taking racers northbound on first county road 17, then County Road 23 into the town of  Ridgway. Starting in the opposite direction, the full marathon travels the half marathon course backwards, returning the same way.
At 10:30 am, the Kids Fun Run starts in the soccer field south of town,next to the Marathon/Half Marathon finish line. This is a great way for the little ones to not only burn off some steam, but to also be involved in this great event. 

The event schedule is as follows:
Start time:
Marathon: 6:30am
Half Marathon 7:30am
Entry fees include snacks at the finish line, half price admission to the  Ouray Hot Springs Pool and an official race t-shirt:
$40 (Half) til July 7th $50 July7th-Aug 10th $60 @packet pick-up
$60 (Full) til July 7th $80 July 7th-Aug 10th ..no day of race registration
$10 (Kids Fun Run)
USATF members receive a $3 discount
Participants are strongly encouraged to pick up their packets at the Hot Springs Pool on Friday, August 10, 2012 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Starting at 6:00 am on the day of the race, packets for the Marathon will be available at the  Ridgway Soccer Field, and packets for the Half Marathon will be available on the day of the race in front of the  Ouray Pool starting at 6:30 am.
Throughout the morning (starting from approximately 10:30am), bus transportation will be provided from Solar Ranches park ( Ridgway) back to  Ouray Hot Springs/ Fellin Park. Participants who finish the marathon,and half marathon will be awarded finisher medals.
Whether you are a fan, interested in cheering the runners and walkers, or a seasoned athlete here to celebrate the beauty of a run in the San  Juans, be sure to head on out to  Ouray County on Saturday August 11, 2012!
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Griffin House at the Wright Opera House in Ouray this August!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Wed, Jul 18, 2012 @03:00 PM

The 1st Summer Music Series at the Wright in Ouray Presents Griffin House on August 11, 2012


When the Friends of the Wright formed to create a Board of Directors in 2007, they had a vision of restoring this historic venue to its former grandeur, rekindling the dreams of Ed and Letitia Wright who originally built the Wright Opera House in 1881. This years Summer Music Series is just one of the many steps these desicated volunteers have taken to realize their goals.

Each month this summer, at least one well known performer has filled the house, fans are amazed at the acoustics in this old theatre, and the experience of enjoying such talented musicians in such an intimate setting. This August brings a talented artist who has toured with the likes of John Mellencamp and the Cranberries, and been featured on the CBS Sunday Morning Show.

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Artists' Annual Alpine Holiday comes back to Ouray County this August

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Sat, Jul 14, 2012 @12:45 PM

Artists and Art Lovers Gather for the Best Art Show in Southwest Colorado!


The Ouray County Arts Association works within Ouray County to provide support, participation, awards and awareness of local artists. the 52nd Annual Artists' Alpine Holiday is the longest running juried art show in Western Colorado. With a following of about 1500 people each year, this nine day exhibit has gained the reputation of being one of the finest art shows in Colorado.

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Melodrama at the Wright in Ouray, Colorado every Monday this July!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, Jul 09, 2012 @01:46 PM

Local talent takes guests on an extravagant adventure every Monday in July!

Regardless of whether you are a theatre aficionado, or just looking for an entertaining evening during your visit to Ouray, “Crooks and Skullduggery at the Hardlife Hotel” is sure to please.

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Ouray County Rural Schools

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Jul 06, 2012 @05:20 PM

Today Ouray and Ridgway are Ouray County’s only two school districts, but over 100 years ago Ouray had 13 independent school districts ranging from Colona in the north to Red Mountain in the south. 

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4th of July in Ouray, Colorado - A Full Night of Fun!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Tue, Jul 03, 2012 @04:53 PM

Celebrate the Fourth of July surrounded by the majesty of the San Juan Mountains!

So, you may be wondering..."What to do in Colorado on the Fourth what with the fireworks cancelled?" Well, you've come to the right place! Long before fireworks were a prevalent part of the Independence day celebration, Ouray has provided a full day of family fun and entertainment, and this year may well be one of the best yet.....fireworks or not!

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