Comparable in difficulty to the Imogene Pass Run between Ouray and Telluride, the Ouray Trail Run circumnavigates the City of Ouray using the Silvershield, Ice Park and Portland trails. With the unsurpassed views of Ouray and the surrounding fall foliage, this is one of Colorado’s most beautiful fall events.Learn More
Dear Ouray Mountain Runners,
Another race is behind us and another great day was to be had on the trails around Ouray. This course is indeed challenging and the addition of ice and snow seemed to keep most folks in check. Not so for Kevin Koch who ,with his wife Shannon, came down from G.J. to beat last years time by 38 seconds. With a time of 1:55:17, he stood alone under the two hour mark. Shannon was no slouch either and took second in the women’s division being beat by Kara Hellige of Durango by just over a minute. I’m sure these two had each other in their sites during the race. Kara and Shannon were both surprise runners and outstanding athletes and we are proud to have them as part of our race. Second place Josh Ward from Durango put up a time of 2:13:08 with Terry Daley coming third two minutes and twentytwo seconds later. Terry is from Ridgway along with the women’s third place winner, Audra Duke, who finished in 2:43:58.Another surprise was Oklahoman Joe Beber who finished between Kara and Shannon. Congratulations to the top finishers.
Rob and Amy came up for their aniversary and have really become a tradition with us. Even with the tricky conditions Rob along with Rick Noll improved their time. Molly and company came in 23rd and helped make the day a success. We all started to cheer when we saw you under the pool wall. Shannon had your back when it came to the raffle It was great having Santi with us and anyone who met him was sure to like him. I felt lucky that he included us in his whirlwind tour of the U.S. We ended up giving all entry money to youth programs at the school and pool and I found a little bit to thank the Ouray Trail Group for their support of the race and the important work they do all year. Eric will be taking the kids down Ruby-Horsetheif on the Colorado and promised pictures. We also wanted to give a gift to the Axel Project to put some little ones on Strider bikes. A good race for some good causes. Thanks to all.—Tom