The Imogene Pass Run (IPR) is a rigorous 17.1 mile point-to-point mountain race within the western San Juan mountains of Colorado, run along a route which connects the towns of Ouray (7810 ft.) and Telluride (8750 ft.) by way of 13,114 foot Imogene Pass.
The Imogene Pass Run originated in 1974, when Ouray mining engineer Rick Trujillo ran from Ouray via the four wheel drive jeep road over Imogene Pass to Telluride as a training run for the Pikes Peak Marathon. A chance encounter with some Telluride people resulted in a formal race being established.
Six runners participated in the first "Imogene Pass Mountain Marathon" with Rick being the first to cross the finish line at the San Miguel County Courthouse in Telluride in a time 2:21:18.
The Imogene Pass Run has increased greatly in size and importance from its humble origins in 1974. Where once it was an adventure run for a few pioneers, today the race is immensely popular and the number of registered participants is by necessity restricted, due to safety and logistics reasons. From the original field of six in 1974, it has grown to encompass more than 1500 participants in 2011!
9/10/2011 – 9/10/2011
Admission Fee (if any)
The $75.00 entry fee includes a tee shirt and a finisher's pin. Awards are given to top finishers. For more information please visit the Imogene Pass web site at http://www.imogenerun.com/
Registration opens on June 1st. Participation is limited to 1500 runners and the race typically fills within 24 hours of the registration opening. Register early.
Participation Requirements (if any)
Participants should be in exceptionally good physical condition.
The IPR is held on the first Saturday after the Labor Day holiday, at the seasonal transition from late Summer to early Fall. Mountain weather at this time is famously "squirrelly" (rapidly changeable), and participants through the years have encountered a variety of weather conditions ranging from virtually perfect to terrible.
Each participant should keep in mind that the IPR is a mountain run in every sense of the word, and that "The Mountains Don't Care". The reality is that despite whatever emotions we may have for the mountains and their environment, they are in fact unfeeling objects and they follow the natural rules of physics which are not always benevolent toward living creatures, great or small. It is up to the participants themselves to be properly prepared for the challenges of this alpine foot journey, fair weather or foul. Despite the enthusiastic volunteer support at intervals along the course, each participant is ultimately responsible for his or her own safety and risk.
ADA Accessibility Notes
The Imogene Pass Run is not ADA accessable.
Pet Friendly Notes
Dogs are not encouraged on the course.