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. You can purchase a trail map at the hotel or directly from the Ouray Trails Group.
Running races are popular in Ouray. In 2015, there are the following trail runs in and around Ouray:
- July 4: Ourayce 10K (very casual, you just register on the morning of the race.)
- July 10: Hardrock 100 endurance run
- July 31: Ouray 100 endurance run
- August 8: Mt. Sneffels Marathon
- September 12: Imogene Pass Run
- September 26: Ouray Mountain Trail Run
If trail running is your idea of entertainment, Ouray is home to two serious trail running events in the summer and fall. The Imogene Pass Run will occur on September 12, 2015 with registration starting on June 1, 2015. 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 as well as visit these old mining towns. Needless to say, this one is for the truly fit.
The Mt. Kendall half marathon is in its 38th year in 2015. The races will be run on July 18. It is a run up Kendall Mountain from the town of Silverton and then back down for a total elevation change of 3800 feet one way!