The 39th Annual running of the Imogene Pass Run was spectacular and a perfect way to kick off the fall running season in the high country. A few of those familiar yellows and reds are starting to appear in the aspen. The race starts in Ouray runs through the Uncompahgre National Forest for 17 miles over the Pass at 13,200 ft finishing in Telluride with 5,500ft of gain. The weather was about as nice as one could hope for. Garmin route here:
As you can see from my pace, I was in no hurry just taking in the sights. Consequently, I am having trouble narrowing down the number of photos so there a few more than normal.
We stayed at the Riverside Inn in Ouray. You can leave the balcony door open and sleep next to the sound of a river. Spotless rooms and really nice staff.
1,500+ runners ready to go at 7:30am. With a 1/4 mile you are on jeep road for the remainder of the day.
The sun starts to break through about three miles in with the looming Pass in the distance.
Reaching Upper Camp Bird at 11,000ft before starting the climb to the pass. Looks like an old glacial morain. The next several photos are from that area.
One of the race organizers was yelling at the time, “You all know what your shoes look like….look around and enjoy the view”. Agreed.
The arrow points to the left but the Pass is straight ahead.
Looking back towards Upper Camp Bird
And back towards the valley to Ouray.
Time to push towards the Pass. There is a first ridge line below a plateau before the Pass.
Reaching the firste ridge line and looking back towards Ouray. All power hiking at this point.
Over the first ridge line now with about 1/2 mile to the start of the final climb. There are a few short downhill sections which were a nice leg recovery.
At the Pass looking back towards Ouray, just before someone handed me a cup of…….
hot Chicken Soup! That will put a smile on your face at 13,200ft. Thanks race volunteers! Just when you think the views can’t get any better…you step across the Pass and…..
Yep. What can I say? Next bunch are going into Telluride which you can see way out there….
I can say that the surface over the next several miles was slick….small rocks, pebbles on rock surface. Gotta keep your head in the game here. This is one of fav shots of the day.
We are approaching the Tomboy Camp at 11,500ft and 12 miles in.
I would assume old mining operations…
Just above Telluride. What a cool name for a town.
A hint of fall just before coming in to town.
The finish line area was buzzing with activity, sweet peaches and more hot chicken soup.
Looking back towards the Pass from Telluride.
Imogene, this might be the start of something! See you next year.