The Trail Runner's Bucket List: Imogene Pass Run, Colorado

From a ridge run through the Montana sky to a marathon in the heart of Africa, these ten races have one thing in common: They'll push your limits in some of the most spectacular terrain on earth.

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Set amongst the 14,000-foot peaks of the San Juan Mountains, the Imogene Pass Run is a rite of passage for Colorado trail runners. Beginning in Ouray, the race follows a 17-mile dirt road that connects the former mining outpost to the ski town of Telluride. Runners start on Ouray’s Main Street and climb ten miles—and 5,310 vertical feet—to the apex of Imogene Pass, which tops out at a lung-searing 13,120 feet. From there, they plunge seven miles down Tomboy road, passing columbine-studded alpine basins and an old ghost town, before arriving in Telluride.

Race Date: September 7, 2013

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