Switzerland of America to host 14th Annual Mt. Sneffels Half Marathon and 4th Annual Marathon August 8, 2015!
Whether a seasoned marathon runner, or new to the sport, there are few places more magnificent than Ouray Colorado to stretch your legs.
Mt. Sneffels runners are running for a great cause: the Mt. Sneffels Education Foundation, which provides support for educational opportunities for our Youth in Ouray County.
As always, in addition to the full Marathon, there will be a Half Marathon, a Half Walk Half Run option for the Half Marathon, and a Kids Fun Run, with $4400.00 in prize money!
The Marathon begins and ends at the Soccer Field in Ridgway, traveling along County Road 23 along the Uncompahgre Valley, then South on County Road 17 and traveling through the city of Ouray. The half way point is Fellin Park, then winds back on a return of the same course. Don't be fooled that the scenery might be the same. The amazing thing about Ouray County is that everything looks different when approached from a different direction!
Beginning at Fellin Park, next to the Ouray City Pool, the Half Marathon is 13.1 miles of some of the most spectacular scenery imaginable. Traveling through Ouray, and along County Road 17 to County Road 23, the race takes participants along a USTAF certified course highlighting the beauty of Southwest Colorado.
This one mile race is a great way to include the kids in a great event. The $10.00 registration fee includes a cap with the race logo, snack, finisher ribbon, and the sense of accomplishment and of course FUN when participating in a race for a great cause!
The Elevation in Ridgway is about 7000 feet, climbing to 7700 feet in Ouray. With 11 aid stations along the course, providing water and Gatoraid, as well as restroom facilities at many, participants will have quite a bit of support, despite the omission of an early start option this year. There is a 7 hour time limit, and the halfway point, which is at Fellin Park in Ouray. Age category awards will be presented on the stage in the Ridgway town park at approximately noon, but every bodies a winner! All participants will receive snacks at the finish line, half price admission to the Ouray City Pool, and an official race t-shirt. Everyone who finishes in the allotted time will also receive a finishers medal.
Free shuttles will be provided to transport participants between Ouray and Ridgway.
The Mt Sneffels Marathon and Half Marathon is one of the best races in Colorado. Stay at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, and enjoy a nice soothing soak in our all natural mineral hot spring tubs after the race!