Mt. Sneffels Education Foundation Introduces a New Race to the 2013 Race Series in the San Juans.
Every 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!
A 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.
By 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
In 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
Trailtown, 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
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 .
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!