2012 Race Series in Ouray County
This year, join your fellow runners in the Ouray County Race Series!
John Ferguson, track and field coach for Ouray School, and president of the Mount Sneffels Education Foundation, has been working with the community to create a race series beginning in May, which will comprise of six seperate races which will be held in Ouray County from May through October this year. Mr. Ferguson and his fellow Board Members believe that by linking the races, a broader awareness of Southwest Colorado and the varied terrain will reach more fitness enthusiasts to the area, making each race a more competitive experience.
Established in 1992, the Mount Sneffels Education Foundation operates within Ouray County to raise funds in order to provide support to projects in and around the area which fund innovative academic, artistic or cultural educational programs for students in Ridgway and Ouray. One of the most successful events sponsored by the foundation is the Mount Sneffels Half Marathon and Full Marathon every August, which will now be the fourth race in the series. Each race covers a different area in Ouray and Ridgway, offering runners and spectators alike a diverse taste of the San Juan Mountains.
Each race is not only an accomplishment, but an opportunity to see the San Juans in a different light. Additionally, any competitor participating in all six races, or five races and acting as volunteer for one will recieve a special fleeceprovided by An Eclectic Eye gift Shop in Ouray, Colorado.
May 28, 2012 - Compassion 5K, Ouray, Colorado
Beginning in Felin Park in Ouray, Colorado, this is the second annual Compassion Run, operating in conjunction with the Compassion Weekend in June which raises funds for families in need in Ouray County.
The running course will be an out and back loop and mostly follows the flat River Trail on the north side of Ouray along the Uncompaghre River.
This is the first 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.
July 4, 2012 - Ourayce 10K, Ouay, Colorado
Starting at Felin Park in Ouray, Colorado, this 10k run is a fantastic journey through some of the most beautiful terrain around.
August 11, 2012 - Mt. Sneffels Marathon/Half-Marathon Run/Walk, Ouray & Ridgway, Colorado
There 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 .
This year our half marathon is one of seven events around Colorado that is part of the USATF Colorado Grand Prix. We are hosting the USATF Colorado State Men's Half Marathon Championship. $2000 in prize money will be awarded ($1,000 for the men's championship). Prize money will be exclusive to USATF Colorado members and US citizens.
September 29, 2012 - Ouray Trail Run, Ouray, Colorado
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.
The final run in the six month series, this 10k run begins in Ridgway, Colorado, supporting Ridgway High School Students participating in the Colorado Ambassadors of Music Europe Tour 2012.
For more information on trail running and running races in Ouray and surrounding towns see our website which contains additional information on races in the vicinity of Ouray.
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? Join us as your running headquarters!