Mt. Sneffels Education Foundation
John Ferguson (970) 325-0228
Heather Anderson (970) 318-8432
July 27, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mt. Sneffels Education Foundation Hosts Full and Half-Marathon;
U.S. Olympic Runner Set to Defend Her Title
Ouray, CO – With an anticipated record number 800 runners from across the country, including two returning champions and course record holders, the Mt. Sneffels Education Foundation (MSEF) is hosting its fifteenth annual half-marathon and its fifth-annual full marathon on Saturday, August 8, 2015. In addition to being MSEF’s largest races ever, they could also be the fastest ever, thanks to a new course route that has eliminated significant hills.
Janet Cherobon-Bawcom, member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team (10,000 meter) and current MSEF half-marathon women’s champion, is returning this year to defend her title. Cherobon-Bawcom also holds the current U.S. 10-mile record. John Ferguson, past MSEF president and current race organizer, says, “Janet is one of the most talented runners our race has seen. We’re thrilled she’s returning to Ouray County to compete again!”
Other elite runners competing in this year’s races include men’s defending half-marathon champion and course record holder Mario Macias, 2-timer Colfax Marathon winner Heather Utrata, Jordan Chipigama (1:02 at this year’s San Diego Half-Marathon), and Ridgway’s own Angie Sandy, who boasts a 2:48 best marathon time.
The half-marathon course begins at the Ouray Hot Springs Park, north of town in Ouray, Colorado. The race winds through the city of Ouray and then goes north on County Road 17 to County Road 23 along the Uncompahgre River Valley, extends briefly along County Roads 3 and 3A, and then into the town of Ridgway. The full marathon, which starts in Ridgway, goes to Ouray on the same course, and returns to Ridgway. US-550 in Ouray will be closed for approximately 15 minutes on Saturday morning. All other roads will be open during the race. According to Ferguson, who has run marathons on all seven continents, “The Mt. Sneffels race course is amongst the most beautiful of any marathon in the world.”
In addition to attracting both elite athletes and local runners, the MSEF Full and Half-Marathon receives great local support, including from such sponsors as High Country Capital Management, Alpine Bank, Ridgway Mountain Market, San Juan Accounting, San Miguel Power Association, Mountain Fever Shirts and Gifts, and First Contact Medical Specialists, Inc.
The Mt. Sneffels Education Foundation is a local organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities for Ouray County’s youth. The organization aims to involve the Ouray County community in developing resources to enrich our students’ lives and broaden their educational experiences. Founded in 1992, the organization has raised funds for such activities as arts and music programs, athletic events, and travel opportunities. In 2014–2015, 37 projects were funded for a total of approximately $70,000.00. For more information about Mt. Sneffels Education Foundation, please visit www.mtsneffels.org.
Mt. Sneffels Education Foundation Full and Half-Marathon
RACES: Full Marathon starts in Ridgway, CO
Half-Marathon starts in Ouray, CO
YEARS: Full Marathon: fifth year
Half-Marathon: fifteenth year
ELEVATION: Full Marathon: 800 feet up and 800 feet down over 26.2 miles
Half-Marathon: 800 feet down over 13.1 miles
COURSE: Both races feature newer, faster layouts with fewer hills.
Full Marathon starts in Ridgway, goes to Ouray, and returns to Ridgway. The elevation of Ouray is 7,800 feet and the elevation of Ridgway is 7,000 feet. This course is primarily on a dirt county road.
Half-Marathon course begins at the Ouray Hot Springs Park, north of town in Ouray, Colorado. The race winds through the city of Ouray and then goes north on County Road 17 to County Road 23 along the Uncompahgre River Valley, to County Roads 3 and 3A, and into the town of Ridgway.
More course information available at
STATES: More than 35 states are represented.
RUNNERS: Full Marathon: approximately 100 runners
Half-Marathon: approximately 700 runners
ELITE Janet Cherobon-Bawcom, member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team (10,000 m)
RUNNERS: U.S. 10-mile record holder; defending champion and course record holder
Mario Macias, course record holder and returning champion
Heather Utrata, 2-time Colfax Marathon winner
Jordan Chipigama, 1:02 at this year’s San Diego Half-marathon
WHO: The Mt. Sneffels Education Foundation
WHAT: Mt. Sneffels Full and Half-Marathon
WHERE: Full Marathon starts in Ridgway, CO
Half-Marathon starts in Ouray, CO
Kids’ Fun Run starts in Ridgway, CO
WHEN: Full Marathon, Saturday, August 8, 2015, 6:30 a.m.
Half-Marathon, Saturday, August 8, 2015, 7:30 a.m.
Kids’ Fun Run, Saturday, August 8, 2015, 10:30 a.m.
WHY: To raise funds for the youth of Ouray County and to enrich students’ lives and
broaden their educational experiences.
HOW: Full Marathon: $85 until Aug. 5 when online registration ends, $95 afterwards.
(No race-day registration.)
Half-Marathon: $65 until Aug. 5 when online registration ends, $75 afterwards
through race day.
Kids’ Fun Run: $10