Trail running near Ouray is very popular during the summer and fall. Numerous trails exist from town that treat runners to delightful overlooks, long ridges, aspen forests and steep ascents. Runners interested in well marked trails with variable terrain need only look to some simple loop runs. The Portland Trail combined with a hike to a scenic overlook makes a great loop while others such as the Silver Shield trail can be either out and back or combined with the Oak Creek trail and/or the Twin Peaks trail for longer stretches. For more information on hiking trails see Ouray Colorado Hiking Trails. You can purchase a trail map at the hotel or directly from the Ouray Trails Group.
Confirmed Races for 2020
- July 17: Hardrock 100 endurance run (Note: Because of the cancellation of the 2019 race there will be no lottery this winter. All entries and waitlists will ROLLOVER).
- Ouray 100 endurance run
- August 15: Mt. Sneffels Marathon The Mt. Sneffels marathon will be celebrating their 20th anniversary race year.
- September 12: Imogene Pass Run
- Ouray Mountain Trail Run
Serious Trail Running Events in Ouray
If trail running is your idea of entertainment, Ouray is home to two serious trail running events.
The Imogene Pass Run will occur on September 12, 2020. The Imogene Pass Run is a 17 mile run from Ouray to Telluride up and over Imogene Pass which tops out over 13,000 feet. This run is not for the untrained or faint of heart and draws 1500 runners yearly.
The Hard Rock 100 is in mid July each year and this ultra trail run connects the towns of Telluride, Silverton, Lake City and Ouray. In 48 hours or less, runners go up and over a 14er (Handies Peak) and put 100 miles under their feet. Needless to say, this one is for the truly fit.