“Wilderness is not a luxury, but a necessity of the human spirit.”
– Edward Abbey
Come join us on the Rainbow Trail in the Sangre de Cristo mountains. Run beneath the watchful eye of these gorgeous, and ominous, mountains. You may even think to yourself, ‘what a wonderful world’. This race is full of festivities, friends, challenge, and joy. Camp out with the HPRS tribe, whichever distance you choose you’ll wander through the Southern Colorado Rocky Mountains, and embrace the feeling of the wilderness within, while you run along the literal wilderness boundary the entire way. No race in our country is in a more wild setting. This unique race is about community, it is about traveling together, it is about discovering the hidden treasures in the mountains and those within yourself.
The first 200-Mile ultra in the world (New England Ultras 200) was directed by our very own RD, John Lacroix, in November 2008. Join us as he returns to the distance he pioneered, and we finally welcome the 200-mile distance to the HPRS schedule of races!
Date: September 16-20, 2020
Distances: 208.2 Miles
Average Elevation: 9,681′
Gain/Loss: +40,400′ / -40,400′
Start Times: 4:00 AM Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Time Limits: 108 Hours (4 1/2 Days)
Location: Westcliffe, CO
Capacity: The 200 is limited to just 100 Runners!
REGISTER HERE (Opens 12/1/2019)
December 1, 2019 – December 3, 2019: $600
December 4, 2019 – June 30, 2020: $800
July 1, 2020 – September 7, 2020: $900
NOTE!: The Sangre de Cristo Ultras 200-Mile is our only race where race day registration is not welcome. You must register online before 11:59:59pm on Monday, September 7, 2020 to be able to participate in the 200-Mile event. Day of registration is possible for any of our other distances associated with this event.
Payment Plans: No payment plan is authorized for our early bird pricing of $600. That total must be paid in full at time of purchase. Those wishing to register at the higher price points may apply for our payment plan by emailing us at info@HumanPotentialRunning.com. A $400 payment will be due up front and is non-refundable, non-transferable, and ineligible for HPRS credits should you later choose to withdraw. The remaining $400 balance will be due in full by June 30, 2020. Should you not make final payment by the June 30th deadline, your total balance due will increase to $500 and will be due by September 7, 2020. Those not paid in full by September 7, 2020 will be immediately removed from the entrants list.
REGISTER HERE (Opens 12/1/2019)
QUALIFYING STANDARDS: This 200-mile ultra is NOT for beginners and we consider it a graduate level run. We feel that you should too! It is ultimately up to you to decide if you’re ready to face the challenge or not. We highly encourage you to participate in one of HPRS’ other events in order to better familiarize yourself with our brand of ultra. We also highly encourage you to complete at least one 100-mile ultra in the 365 days leading up to this event. With all that said, there is no official race distance or time one must have completed in order to enter this event, and all comers are welcome. Entrants under the age of 18 are welcome and will be required to have their parent or legal guardian to sign the waiver on their behalf AND their parent or legal guardian must be present (in attendance) throughout the entirety of the event.
Runner Volunteer Requirement: Eight (8) hours of volunteer work is required for each 200-mile participant prior to the event. All eight (8) hours must be completed while either performing trail construction or maintenance with an official trail work group, or as a race volunteer at any official ultramarathon. The eight (8) hours of service must be certified by an independent representative of the group you completed the work with. The eight (8) hours does NOT need to be with HPRS. The volunteer service must be performed between September 22, 2019 and August 31, 2020. Please download and complete the form below; it must be submitted by 11:59:59pm on August 31, 2020.
Volunteer Requirement Form (<Click Here to download the form)
If you wish to by-pass this requirement, you have an opportunity to do so by purchasing the $150 buy-out during the online registration process. This $150 buy-out will be forwarded to the beneficiary “Club America WMV”, a local non-profit that benefits the town’s recreation center. If you do not complete this process during online registration and would like to remit payment later instead, you can email HPRS at info@HumanPotentialRunning.com for information on where to send your check, which must be received by the August 31st deadline. No runner will be handed their race packet without satisfying the volunteer requirement. Failure to complete the volunteer requirement by August 31, 2020 will have one of two results: 1.) If a wait list has been implemented, your spot will be forfeited to the first person in line on the wait list, meaning you will be removed from the entrants list -or- 2.) If no wait list has been implemented, you may arrive with your $150 check in hand on race day. After August 31, 2020, ONLY $150 checks will be accepted to satisfy this requirement.
CAMPOUT! The land our start/finish line (Music Meadows aid station) is hosted on is private ranch land where we are privileged guests. We have been afforded the opportunity of TENT CAMPING ONLY for a nominal fee per site. This in order to help minimize our impact on the resource the ranch owner relies on for their herd of cattle, and allows us to give back to those who’ve allowed us use of their beautiful land. The camping fee has been built into the entry fee for the 200-Miler, meaning.. you’ll automatically have a spot! HPRS is NOT erecting a “sleep station” for this event. Your sleeping quarters for the event is entirely on your own accord. Please email us at info@HumanPotentialRunning.com about camper vans, rooftop tents, or other options. They will be considered on a case-by-case and first come first served basis. You are welcome to have your own tent for sleeping at Music Meadows Aid Station throughout.
You will access this area at miles: 8.8, 52.1, 95.5, 104.2, 113, 156.3, 199.7 and 208.2
DROPPING DOWN IN DISTANCE: Should you decide to drop to any of our shorter distances at this event, HPRS will not issue any credits or refunds (full or partial) for the difference in price you’ve paid versus the price of the race you are dropping down to. Those dropping in distance forfeit the price difference in doing so. Please note that the 100-mile also has the 8-hour volunteer requirement, while the 100k, 50-mile, 50k, and 27k does not.
Aid Stations: Runners in the 200-Mile will access 4 aid locations with a total of 27 stops. Each aid station will be fully stocked with water, electrolyte drink, and assorted “Ultra” snacks. Aid station cut-offs have been set against the slowest possible pace possible to successfully finish the event. Therefore, the cut-offs in this event are strict. Please see our Aid Stations chart for more details.
Crews and Pacers:
Due to the wilderness setting of this event, access is very difficult in the area with limited parking at trailheads, crews are only allowed to assist runner’s at the Start/Finish line aid station (Music Meadows). Here, Crews can access 200-mile runners at miles: 8.8, 52.1, 95.5, 104.2, 113, 156.3, 199.7 and 208.2
Pacers are allowed to join runners, and may only jump in from the Start/Finish (Music Meadows Aid Station) at the following miles: 95.5, 104.2, 113, 156.3, 199.7 and 208.2
Parking: We respectfully ask all runners to please try and carpool to the race in order to minimize our impact on the land we use. All runners must park at the designated parking locations ONLY. A map of these areas will be available closer to the race.
Pre-Race Check in: Packet and bib number Pick-Up will take place from 5-6:30pm at the Start/Finish on Tuesday Night and is MANDATORY; Then, all runners must check-in with race staff the morning of the run by 3:45am. Runners not checked in by that time will not be scored as official runners of the event.
Pre-Race Briefing: Tuesday Evening at 6:30pm at the Start/Finish. This meeting is MANDATORY. Those not in attendance will not be allowed to run!
Post-Race Celebration: There will be a post race gathering at The Start/Finish. We’ll welcome all of our runners to the finish line with food and drink. See your runner’s manual for details.
Awards: All official 200-Mile Finishers will receive a Sangre de Cristo 200-Mile Endurance Run belt buckle. It’s all or nothing baby! If you fail to complete the full 208.2 miles (that’s all 4 trips up and down Music Pass) you’ll be listed as a DNF. We’ll also present special awards to DFL and our Transcendence Award.
NO AWARDS WILL BE MAILED
Permits: This event is being held in accordance with permits from the U.S. Forest Service, San Isabel National Forest – San Carlos Ranger District. We ask that you please respect and care for the land this event is held on to help ensure the future of this race and to limit our environmental impact.
Any additional race information, changes, and updates will be sent to registered entrants ONLY via e-mail communication.