“An incredible round-trip race from Silverton to the summit of its 'town hill,' Kendall Mountain.”
— Jamil Coury
Race - Jul 14, 2018
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Not too many races of moderate distance afford the opportunity to summit a rad 13,000' mountain. This race has it all - incredible scenery, an unforgettable top-out and immersion in the history of Silverton, an iconic, remote Colorado mining town that becomes an epicenter of mountain running in the summer. Kendall is typically run the week after Hardrock 100
Need to Know
As always in the alpine, layer accordingly & beware of thunderstorms above treeline.
Jeep road for the majority of the race leads to a fun 300' scrambling section to the summit. Most would consider the scramble easy 3rd class if dry. The jeep road is rocky and uneven at times, so expect your legs to be sore for a couple of days.
The race starts at 12th & Main in Silverton & bangs a right on 14th. After about 1/2 mile, you'll cross Animas River. The road forks - old Silverton Ski Area is on your left. You go right up the jeep road.
Inside a mile before the top, the road forks. Take the left fork and you'll soon be looking at your destination. About 1/2 mile after the fork, turn right to scramble the last 300' to the top. Look for the path of least resistance on terrain that should be no harder than 3rd class.
Tag the summit and retrace your steps, until you get to downtown. In 2015, the race ended in Memorial Park.
If you are running (not racing) Kendall Mountain, there is a pullout for parking at the base of the jeep road just after you cross Animas River.