“One of the world's most iconic ultra races. A sweeping tour of Colorado's majestic San Juans.”
— Jason Smith
Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
In order to score an HR bib, you must first meet rigorous qualifying criteria:
- Complete one or more of the 100+ mile races listed by the Race Director over the past year.
- Win the Lottery! If you are looking to score your first HR bib, your odds are 47 in 1000.
- Perform 8+ hours of service at an ultra event. Refer to the official race website for all details & instructions on the entry process.
Be ready for anything that (this much) of a rugged mountain environment can or will throw at you - heat, cold, rain, snow, exposure, bears, lions, altitude related exhaustion & hallucinations. Note that the race direction changes every year. On even years it runs clockwise, and it runs counterclockwise on odd years.
Whether or not you are racing, you can still experience this amazing course on your own terms. An increasing number of runners are going for the Softrock 100 adventure. Get a crew & break it up over several days, without sweating over any lottery. You can camp and/or do it Euro-style with beer & beds in Ouray, Silverton, Lake City. Even distributed over four days, this is still a huge physical / mental challenge that will demand your utmost endurance & attention to detail in order to safely navigate these mountains.
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