Mt. Sneffels Education Foundation

Race Contact:

John Ferguson (970) 325-0228

Sponsorship Contact:

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

mtsneffelslogo2-1Ouray, 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.

inourayThe 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.”

racersIn 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.

 

FACT SHEET

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

Register online until August 5 at http://www.mtsneffelsmarathon.com (select right-hand tab “Register”); contact John Ferguson at 970-325-0228 or [email protected]

 

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