Posted by: pointlenana | July 25, 2018

Ouray 100 Tracking

(Update 7/26 – The race director sent out mail saying our trackers may not go live until a few hours after the race starts, due to a glitch with the tracking service.  If it’s not working immediately, check back later in the day.)

My Ouray 100 mile race starts Friday morning July 27 at 8am Colorado time (7am Seattle time).  While not as elegant as the Hardrock loop course (Ouray basically has a spine with a lot of out-and-back sections off the spine), it’s plenty tough – 52 hour cutoff, 102 miles, 42000 feet of climbing, average altitude of 10300 feet.  That’s about 800 feet up for every uphill mile, and 800 feet down for every downhill mile.  Just for comparison, Hardrock has a 48 hour cutoff and “only” 33000 feet of climbing in its 100 miles (although the average altitude is a little higher).

We will all be wearing GPS/SPOT trackers, and you can follow our progress at

This is going to be a very hard race for someone from sea level, and my one-and-only goal is to finish.  Below is a link to a detailed spreadsheet with info about each segment of the race and my guess as to when I might arrive at aid stations.  After being here scouting for a week, I’m most worried about hitting the first cutoff (leaving Ironton the first time by 7:30).  I should make it but I don’t expect to beat it by a lot.  IF I make that, and IF I don’t fatigue a lot more than I expect from the constant up and down, I should be ok after that and finish before the cutoff Sunday at noon.  Unless there are thunderstorms… Not much you can do in that situation but hunker down below tree line, wait for the storm to pass, and hope you don’t get too wet and cold in the meantime.    On the bright side, it looks like there will be a full moon Friday night and the moon will be in the sky for most of nighttime both nights.

Ouray Planning Spreadsheet

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Looking down from near Richmond Pass, towards Camp Bird.  There are a lot of chossy trails and jeep roads in Colorado – these are not the soft firm trails of the Pacific Northwest.

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