Come Join Us for the Ouray Mountain Trail Run!

Saturday, September 20, 2015

  • Course: 12 mi, +3800 ft climbing (course map)
  • Entry Fee: $40 through race day
  • Awards: Top 3 male and female


Note from the RD

Dear Runners,

There are a lot of things going on with this years race. Here’s a few of them:

  • We will run no matter the weather. (Every year so far has been ideal)
  • We will only charge the $40 right up to race day.
  • We will cap this race at 100 someday (maybe not for years) but for now there is always room for last minute entries.
  • We will have post race goodies, so stick around if you can!
  • We will have prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place male and female made by Sam Rushing of Ouray Glass Works. Awards at 2pm.
  • We will have someone at the bridges in the Ice Park, the Tunnel, Portland Creek, and Cascade Falls.
  • We will hold the post race bib raffle.


2014 Race Recap

Dear Ouray Mountain Runners,

WOW! This years run was the best yet with a lot of new participants and a weather window that brought perfect conditions for both run and raffle. This was immediately followed by rain that night which continued for four days with snow down to 9000′ and plummeting temps. Yikes.

The course was marked “within an inch of it’s life” to quote a local runner but with all the new participants  from out of the area we had no one lost and I feel good about that.  Shannon and  Kevin Koch made  surprise appearances after rumor of  Kevin’s Ironman training conflicting with our run but his event was cancelled due to smoke from wildfires. Kevin has placed first in most years he has run and I thought the man to beat this year would be Terry Daley who always turns in impressive times hovering around 2 hours. It was all put to rest when Brendan Trimboli from Durango scorched the course with the only time under two hours. Brendan at 1:59:39 Kevin at 2:10:27 and Terry with 2:17:21 all came in within 18 minutes of each other.

Liz Weiss,,the women’s first place winner, came in 18 minutes later with a time of 2:32:39 followed a few minutes later by Heidi Marks (2:34:52) and a few after that was Shannon Koch (2:37:43). Michelle Benshoff came all the way from Waynesboro Pa. to turn in the 4th place time of 2:42:17. Impressive.

The field of participants was varied and fun with new faces and all the fun regulars in attendance. The girls from Grand Junction came in under four hours with the drama of a leg cramp within site of the finish.Last year’s women’s winner, Kara Hellige, along with Chelsea Farley and Brecken Larsen came up from Durango and donned super hero costumes to put up some respectable times. Brecken was kind enough to opt out of the run at aid station #1 and help with the finisher board.

All the volunteers were especially on top of  it this year and the new ones were just fantastic. Liz, Padrino, Abbey, and Randy preformed like old hands along with Nancy Hamilton who volunteered with Dan Novak at Aid #1.

The merchants in town really got behind us this year with tons of great things for the raffle not to mention the gently used stuff which was off  the wall with people taking home a fishing vest, spinning bike, and even a trolling motor.

Thanks to all for another great year,