July 14, 2019
Silverton Alpine 8 miler, Marathon & 50K

Alpine Loop
Silverton, Colorado

50 Kilometer and Marathon (~26.7 Mile) loop in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. The course follows the “Alpine Loop” jeep roads past the ghost mining towns of Howardsville, Eureka, Animas Forks and Gladstone. High point is California Pass at 12,930 feet! New for 2019, we are adding an 8 mile out and back race that will get out to Howardsville for a taste of the Alpine Loop.

Online Registration for the 2019 event closes on Wednesday, July 10, at Midnight.

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MOUNTAIN DUO CHALLENGE

Make the most of your weekend

Spend the weekend in Silverton testing your endurance limits! Sign up for the Mountain Duo Challenge: Race the 12 Mile Kendall Mountain Run on Saturday, and then keep living the Steep Life by running either the Silverton Alpine Marathon or 50K on Sunday. Get out on the Alpine Loop to see some of the far off towns you can spy from the top of Kendall Mountain!

REGISTRATION

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Entry Fees*
Until 03/16 Until 06/08 Until 07/02 Race Week
Silverton Alpine 8 Miler $40 $50 $60 $70
Silverton Alpine Marathon $75 $95 $115 $135
Silverton Alpine 50 Kilometers $80 $100 $120 $140
Mountain Duo Challenge Kendall 12M & Silverton Alpine 8 Miler $90 $117 $144 $171
Mountain Duo Challenge Kendall 12M & Silverton Alpine Marathon $115 $128 $153 $178
Mountain Duo Challenge Kendall 12M & Silverton Alpine 50K $120 $149 $193 $217
*Prices include Tax

RACE SUMMARY

Start/Finish Location

Silverton Memorial Park
Greene St
Silverton, CO 81433

Start Time

7:00 AM – 50 Kilometer
8:00 AM Marathon (26.7 miles)
8:15 AM 8 Mile

Registration Options
Online via Ultra Signup
Mail-in Entry
Registration will be available at packet pickup on Friday at TBD location
and on Sunday, race morning 6:00am-7:45am at Memorial Park

Packet Pickup
Friday July 12
Location TBD

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Sunday, July 14

Race Day Pickup 6:00-7:45AM
Memorial Park (Start/Finish area)
Silverton, CO 81433

Online registration closes on 07/10 at 11:59 PM. If spots are available, registration will be available at packet pickup and on race day.

Cupless Race
In our continued effort to reduce our races footprint and preserve the trails we love, the 2019 Silverton Alpine Marathon and 50K will be a cupless event.

What does that mean? There will be no paper cups at the aid stations at this race. Runners will be responsible for carrying their own container to refill along the way. UltrAspire reusable cups may be purchased with registration or on race day OR we encourage you to bring your own! Grab a cup, a hydration vest, pouch, or water bottle and we will fill it at each aid station along the way. We ask you to help us in our efforts by preparing for a cup free race day and thank you in advance for being good stewards of the trails!

COURSE INFO

Course Description
50 Kilometer: Before joining the Marathon course, head out of Memorial Park up Highway 110 towards Niagara Gulch and Gladstone. Run 2.3 miles to the turnaround point at the Niagara Gulch checkpoint/water stop and return to Memorial Park for aid and then join the Marathon course:

Marathon: Leaving Memorial Park, follow 18th Street to Cement Street, turning left and then running through Silver Lakes campground. Proceed straight on this road until you intersect asphalt road (County Road 2). Turn right on CR 2. . Follow asphalt road for approximately ¾ mile.

8 Mile: Leaving Memorial Park, follow 18th Street to Cement Street, turning left and then running through Silver Lakes campground. Proceed straight on this road until you intersect asphalt road (County Road 2). Turn right on CR 2. . Follow asphalt road for approximately ¾ mile. This is an out and back course that will turn around at Howardsville and return to Memorial Park

Howardsville: (4 miles; +380 feet cumulative climb; overall this section is fairly flat and fast with minimal rocky footing)
At the base of the big asphalt climb, 100 yards after red brick “Powerhouse” on right -side of road, turn right onto narrow bumpy gravel road. DO NOT follow asphalt road up the climb. Go straight on rocky gravel road that runs alongside the Animas River for approximately 2.5 miles to Howardsville aid station. **NOTE: There is one minor stream crossing as part of this section. You may be able to cross the stream without getting wet feet…or you may not. At this point, you are allowed to go left off course and climb up above the big metal pipe out of which the stream water flows. It is up to each runner to decide how to proceed. Look for the Howardsville aid station before you intersect the big gravel road at mile 4.

Eureka: (7.6 miles; +600 feet cumulative climb; overall this section is flat and fast with smooth gravel footing)
After Howardsville aid station continue straight on County Road 2 Follow main road 3.6 miles to Eureka aid station. Look for aid station on left side of road, shortly after crossing bridge over Animas River before starting big climb.

Animas Forks: (11 miles; +1,800 feet cumulative climb; this section is the beginning of the race’s big climb, there are few flat spots)
Proceed straight up on this rocky jeep road. ½ mile before Animas Forks aid station, road forks. Go LEFT!! DO NOT follow road to Engineer and Cinnamon Pass. Look for aid station somewhere in old abandoned town-site of Animas Forks.

California Pass: (12,960ft) (16 miles; +3,560 feet cumulative climb; this is the big climb; steep grades near top of climb; watch for sheep in upper valley)
Proceed straight on this even rockier jeep road. Take the right fork at the Placer Gulch intersection. Look for aid station at the very top of California Pass.

Gladstone: (19.8 miles; steep rocky downhill section)
After California aid station proceed down rocky gravel road approximately ¾ mile. Take the left fork at Poughkeepsie Gulch intersection. Follow sign that reads “Silverton”. Climb about 400 feet to top of Hurricane Pass (12,400ft). Follow rocky road down steep descent. At Corkscrew Gulch intersection take left fork continuing downhill. Keep going straight down hill to Gladstone aid station. Look for aid station on left side of road about 100 yards after intersection with wide gravel road.

Niagara Gulch: (24 miles; smooth gravel road; fastest section)
Proceed straight on wide gravel road (CR 110). Approximately ¾ mile past Silverton Mountain Ski Area (on your left), at base of short steep hill, make an easy right turn onto narrow rocky road, shortly after which will be a very minor (if at all) stream crossing (there is no way to circumnavigate this stream crossing). After following rocky road for 0.9 miles you will be lead back onto main wide gravel road. Follow this road to Niagara Gulch aid station, on right side of road, about 2 miles from finish line.

Finish:
Last ¾ mile is asphalt road with some shoulder. Run through the grassy field at Memorial Park to the finish line. Congratulations!

Aid Stations Six aid stations well-supplied (except aid #6 which is water only) with food, water & sports drink. It is highly recommended that you carry water with you between aid stations. Please remember that this is a CUPLESS race. Help us stay green by carrying your own refillable cup or water bottle.

Aid Station Distance Chart: 8 Mile

Mileage Chart Miles to next Aid Cumulative Mileage Notes/Cutoff
Start(Memorial Park) 0.0 0.0
Howardsville 4.3 4.3
Finish (Memorial Park) 8.6



Aid Station Distance Chart: Marathon

Mileage Chart Miles to next Aid Cumulative Mileage Notes/Cutoff
Start(Memorial Park) 0.0 0.0
Howardsville 4.3 4.3
Eureka 3.8 8.1
Animas Forks 4.1 12.2
California Pass 4.1 16.3
Gladstone 4.1 20.4
Niagara Gulch 4.2 24.6 Water Only
Finish(Memorial Park) 2.3 26.9



Aid Station Distance Chart: 50 Kilometer

Mileage Chart Miles to next Aid Cumulative Mileage Notes/Cutoff
Start(Memorial Park) 0.0 0.0
Niagara Gulch 2.3 2.3 Checkpoint/WaterOnly
Memorial Park 2.4 4.7
Howardsville 4.3 9
Eureka 3.8 12.8
Animas Forks 4.1 16.9
California Pass 4.1 21
Gladstone 4.1 25.1
Niagara Gulch 4.2 29.3 Water Only
Finish(Memorial Park) 2.3 31.6

COURSE MAPS

ELEVATION PROFILES


Marathon



50 Kilometer

COURSE RECORDS

50 Kilometer

4:03:29 Christopher Hammes (2018)- Men
5:04:23 Leila Degrave (2013)- Women

Marathon
3:21:15 Erik Skaggs (2014)- Men
4:14:45 Sheena Oyler (2005)- Women

RACE PERKS

  • Soft tri-blend race shirt (register before June 7, 2019 to guarantee a race shirt)
  • Scenic and challenging course
  • Chip timed race results displayed at the finish line
  • Post Race Meal in Memorial Park at the finish
  • Finisher Commemorative Award
  • Unique Mountain Duo Award for all who Complete the 2 Day Challenge
  • A memorable adventure in the San Juans!

AWARDS

    Awards will be given to finishers in the marathon if completed in under 10 hours and to the 50K finishers if finished in under 11 hours. Special awards for Men’s/Women’s Overall winners. Awards ceremony around 1PM on Sunday.

    IMPORTANT RACE INFO

    Cut-Offs
    The course must be completed within 10 hours for the marathon and 11 hours for the 50 kilometer, to receive an official finish. All official finishers will receive an award. Any runner finishing after the cut-off will be given an “unofficial” finish time but will not be eligible for an award.
    You must check out of the California Pass aid station by 2:30pm
    You must check out of the Gladstone aid station by 4:00pm

    Drop Bags
    A drop bag may be placed at the start/finish line only. 50K runners will access the start/finish after the first 4.9 miles.

    Trail Running & Trash
    Please respect the trails and the beauty of the land by disposing of any trash at one of our aid stations. Do not throw trash on the ground–runners caught littering will be disqualified. We ask that you practice “Leave No Trace” along the course to ensure the race continues for many years.

    Did We Mention This Will Be a CUPLESS Race?
    That’s right, we’re working hard to reduce the amount of waste we create with each of our events. So, help us out by carrying your own cup, water bottle, bladder, etc.

    Runners will be responsible for carrying their own container to refill along the way. There will be no paper cups at the aid stations at this race. UltrAspire reusable cups may be purchased with registration or on race day OR we encourage you to bring your own! Grab a cup, a hydration vest, pouch, or water bottle and we will fill it at each aid station along the way. We ask you to help us in our efforts by preparing for a cup free race day and thank you in advance for being good stewards of the trails!

    Race Timing
    We will be utilizing a chip timing system at this event to record your finish time. Results will be posted using “gun time” only. You will be provided with a timing chip attached to the back side of your race bib. Please do not fold the area of your race bib where the timing chip is attached.

    Parking
    Parking will be available in Silverton next to the park and on Main Street (Greene)

    Camping
    There are several places to camp around Silverton (both paying campsites and free national forest camping). Check out Silverton Lakes Campground.

    Lodging
    Check out lodging options over at the Silverton Chamber of Commerce

    Aid Station Helpers
    This event would not be possible without the help of our amazing volunteers! Interested in being a part of Silverton Alpine Running events this summer as a volunteer or helper? You will receive a race shirt, food on race day and a discount off future events. Sign Up Here!

    RESULTS

    2018 | Marathon | 50K
    2017 
    | Marathon | 50K
    2016 | Marathon | 50K
    2015 | Marathon | 50K
    2014 | Marathon | 50K

    PHOTOGRAPHY

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