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Mountain Marmot Race

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2016 Mountain Marmot Trail Race Video

2016 Race Results

Check out the 2016 Mountain Marmot Trail Race results.

For all you trail runners out there, this one is for you.

Have you ever stood at the bottom of a mountain, staring up at the top, thinking to yourself:  “I wonder if I could run all the way up there?”  Well, now you’re going to find out!

Registration opens June 1 on RunSignup.com.

Marmot image“Mountain Marmot” is an epic trail race that is destined to become a classic. The course is simple—start at the bottom of the mountain…run to the top and back. Sounds hard? Yeah, it’s going to take some work. But think how great you will feel when you make it to the top!

One thing is for sure: You won’t find a more beautiful course anywhere around. You’ll be running some of the most amazing single-track trails in Colorado, right as the Fall colors are just starting to change.  The views will be stunning. This is a race you will never forget.

Mountain Marmot photoThe distance is roughly 11.5 miles. Because of the elevation gain, think of it more as a half-marathon. The best part is, the second half of the race is entirely downhill! If you have run similar races like Imogene, Kendall Mountain, or Kennebec Mountain, you will find this race to be easier by comparison, but still plenty challenging.

Post-Race Party
Because this race is such an impressive accomplishment, we’ll have a post-race celebration worthy of your effort.  Once you cross the finish line, the exclusive Durango Mountain Club welcomes you to their swimming pool and hot tub where we’ll have great food, beer, live music, and festivities—all included in your entry fee!

Registration Fees

By July 15 $55
By August 15 $60
By September 15 $65
After September 16 $70


Your entry includes a great race shirt, awesome finisher’s prize, lunch, craft beer or soda, free race photos, and a post-race party by the pool at the private Durango Mountain Club.

Register online at RunSignup, starting June 1.

Shirts & Finishers Medals
You must register by August 1 to guarantee your race shirt and finisher’s medallion. They are going to be awesome, so don’t miss out!

Race Cap and Deadlines:
This race is tightly capped.  Based on the popularity of the 2016 race, we do expect to sell out in 2017.

Age Restrictions and Cut-Off Times:
Due to the nature of this race, we ask that participants between the ages of 12 – 15 register with an adult and agree to stay together on the course throughout the race.  Participants under the age of 12 are not allowed.

The race course will remain open for 4 hours, which translates to a 20 minute/mile pace.

Race Course:
In our 2016 post-race survey, runners gave this course a score of 6.79 on a scale of 1 to 7, and they rated the scenery a whopping 6.94 out of 7.  Wow!  They really liked it!

The course starts at the base area of Purgatory Resort near Lift 1 and follows single-track trails up the mountain to the top of Lift 8, the highest point on the mountain.  The elevation gain is roughly 1800 feet.  The course will be well marked and easy to follow.  This is some of the most beautiful running terrain you will ever find!

mountain marmot trail race map
Download printable course map.

From the bottom of Lift 1, you will follow the beginning sections of the World Championship single track course, then take Paul’s Park trail over to the back side of the mountain to where it connects with Los Pinos trail.  You’ll then follow Los Pinos up to the top of Lift 8, elevation 10,800.  At the top, be sure to take a moment to enjoy the incredible view — you earned it!  You descend on Paul’s Park trail, back to the World’s course, then onto Diggler, and all the way down to the finish line at the base area.

Don’t be intimidated!  While it sounds hard, this run is very doable.  The trails are non-technical, and the grade is fairly steady throughout, making it easy to get into a nice rhythm as you run.  Unlike other trail races that take you deep into the backcountry, in this race you will feel relatively close to civilization.  Even when you are five miles out, you will be passing by Resort warming huts and ski lifts, and you will always be able to orient yourself back to the base area of the mountain.

What Are Runners Saying About This Race?

“This race was by far the most beautiful I have ever ran!!”

“AMAZING course and location….scenery was absolutely breathtaking!!!!!! I had a huge smile on my face the whole time and loved every mile. Can’t wait for next year. Thanks for organizing a great event!”

“This has been my most favorite race ever, this is my 6th race this year and second in CO.”


Who Came Up With This Idea?

Your race course manager is Brett Sublett, owner of Durango Running Company and veteran runner of countless distance races.  He designed the course and will be out there taking care of you on race day.

Your race director for this event is the same guy behind the Steamworks Half Marathon, the Thirsty 13 Half Marathon, and the Durango Turkey Trot. With 10 years of experience putting on popular running events, you can trust that this race will be a quality event.

Aid Stations:
There will be four aid stations on the course, located roughly at mile 2.6, 4.5, 6.7 (summit), and 9.4. The aid stations will provide water, snacks, first aid, and a cheering section. You are strongly encouraged to carry your own water so you can hydrate when you need to.

Bag Check:
We will have a secure area for you to leave a bag for after the race.

Prizes:Mountain Marmot medallion
All participants will receive this awesome finisher’s medallion worthy of this impressive accomplishment.

Top male and female in each age group will receive the highly coveted stuffed marmot as your first place prize. Each runner will also receive a great race shirt included with your entry fee. Note:  you must register by August 1 to guarantee your shirt and finisher’s prize.

Post-Race Party:
Stick around after the race for a great party! Every runner will get a fantastic breakfast burrito and a beer or soft drink.  Relax by the pool and enjoy the hot tub at the Durango Mountain Club. We will have live music and an awards ceremony.


Feel free to contact Matthew, Race Director and Purgatory Resort Events Manager: mkrichman@purgatoryresort.com.


Durango Running Company JPG logo for websiteThanks to Durango Running Company, our supporting sponsor for this race!  They are designed this fantastic race course!






Big thanks to our fitness partner, Crossfit Catacombs!

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