Arvada, CO – The Human Potential Running Series (HPRS), owned and operated by Colorado’s Human Potential LLC, announces The Sangre de Cristo 200-Mile Ultra set for September 16, 2020. This marks the second time the 200-mile distance makes an appearance in Colorado’s Trail and Ultra scene behind the now defunct Colorado 200. The Sangre de Cristo 200 will be Colorado’s longest ultramarathon and the highest 200-mile ultra in the world.
HPRS Race Director John Lacroix, returns to directing the 200-mile distance after directing the first 200-mile ultra in the world in November 2008. His New England Ultras 200-Miler was held in Pittsfield, VT as part of the Peak Races series of events. The event hosted 5 starters with one official finisher. The 200-Mile distance saw additional events with the creation of legendary ultrarunner Van Phan’s “Pig Tails Challenge” 200-Mile (Renton, WA) in 2012, and the tBunk Challenge 200-Mile (Whitewater, WI) in 2013. The 200-mile ultra was popularized by legendary race director Candice Burt with her creation of the Tahoe 200, and subsequent Triple Crown series of events, in 2014.
John Lacroix, Owner and Race Director of The Human Potential Running Series adds, “I’m truly excited to be returning to the 200-mile distance, and believe the Sangre de Cristo 200 will be the celebration of Human Potential the distance and our sport truly deserves. With a reasonable entry fee and an event that removes logistical challenges for pacers and crews, we’re able to provide the 200-mile distance in a wilderness setting that increases accessibility to the distance for countless more runners. This series is all about the exploration of human perseverance, understanding of self, and the power a community can possess. I’m certain the right runner’s will join us next September in Westcliffe.”
The Sangre de Cristo 200-Mile will serve as the longest distance hosted by HPRS. The field will be limited to just 100 runners, in order to allow room for the events 5 other distances (100-Mile, 100k, 50-Mile, 50k, and 27k). The 200 mile event will feature 208.2 miles on Colorado’s Rainbow Trail, and 4 trips up and down Music Pass for over 80,000′ of elevation change. Eight hours of volunteer trail work, or service to another ultra, will be required for each participant to be able to participate. A “volunteer buy-out” option is available to benefit Club America WMV, a local non-profit that benefits recreation opportunities in Westcliffe, CO. Registration will open on December 1, 2019 at $600. 2020 HPRS members can enjoy a minimum discount of 10% off the registration fee.
The Human Potential Running Series is Colorado’s Largest series of ultramarathons and has recently expanded nationally with a new race in Arkansas. The series was created in March 2014 with two events in their first year, and now hosts 10 events throughout the calendar year. For more information visit them on the web at www.HumanPotentialRunning.com
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