Friday, May 31, 2013

Imogene Pass Registration Opens Tomorrow Morning

Mad scenery up in the San Juans
The unparalleled Imogene Pass routes from Ouray to Telluride over 17 glorious miles of Colorado high-country. It begins with a ten mile climb out of Ouray (elev. 7,810ft) to a high point of 13,120ft on Imogene Pass, followed by a technical seven mile 4,000ft descent into Telluride (8,820ft). There are time cutoffs to beat and the race has been halted on more than one occasion due to snow or lightning.

The race has a different feel to it then La Luz since it follows a road-cut, but the dramatic steeps, thin air, and technical footing is closely comparable. The panoramic views are something else. Outside Magazine recently tagged the race on its bucket list of trail runs. I'd agree. If there were one race I could line up for in the Four State Region it would be Imogene, which is one reason why I'm perpetually frustrated that I can't race it more regularly. September wedding season sabotage, what's a guy to do?

Race directors generally cap the field at something like 1,500+ and it fills by days end. Without a reminder to make tomorrow's registration signup, it will very likely come and go until next year. Registration opens at 6am MCT (Sat. June 1st), and generally fills by end-of-day if not by noon. The registration link will be available here - . It looks like the race directors have discontinued the bib transfer system this year which is always a challenge. In the past there were always several work-arounds if you were determined enough. Always remember - when in doubt, head higher.

Sold out in less than five hours (11am). Better luck next year!

Related Posts:
 - Imogene Pass 2011
 - La Luz Trail Run
 - 2013 Trail Racing Calendar

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