“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.
Date: September 21, 2019 (100-Miles, 100k, 50-Miles, 50k) | September 22, 2019 (27k)
Distances: 100-Miles | 100k | 50-miles | 50k | 27k
Average Elevation: 9,681′ | 9,782′ | 9,911′ | 9,911′ | 10,186′
Gain/Loss: +20,000′ / -20,000′ | +12,434′ / -12,434′ | +9,875′ / -9,875′ | +6,741′ / -6,741′ | +4,905′ / -4,905′
Start Times: 4:00 AM | 6:00 AM | 6:00 AM | 6:00 AM | 9:00 AM (9/22)
Time Limits: 36 Hours | 24 Hours | 20 Hours | 16 Hours | 6 Hours
Location: Westcliffe, CO
December 1, 2018 – December 3, 2018: $200
December 4, 2018 – June 30, 2019: $225
July 1, 2019 – September 17, 2019: $250
Race Day: $260 CASH ONLY (No Shirts, & Awards by limited availability only)
December 1, 2018 – December 3, 2018: $140
December 4, 2018 – June 30, 2019: $160
July 1, 2019 – September 17, 2019: $175
Race Day: $180 CASH ONLY (No Shirts, & Awards by limited availability only)
March 1, 2018 – June 30, 2018: $100
December 4, 2018 – June 30, 2019: $120
July 1, 2019 – September 17, 2019: $130
Race Day: $140 CASH ONLY (No Shirts, & Awards by limited availability only)
December 1, 2018 – December 3, 2018: $80
December 4, 2018 – June 30, 2019: $100
July 1, 2018 – September 17, 2019: $110
Race Day: $120 CASH ONLY (No Shirts, & Awards by limited availability only)
December 1, 2018 – December 3, 2018: $60
December 4, 2018 – June 30, 2019: $80
July 1, 2018 – September 17, 2019: $90
Race Day: $100 CASH ONLY (No Shirts, & Awards by limited availability only)
Those registering after Monday, September 9, 2019 will not receive a race shirt, and awards only as available (limited)
Online Registration closes September 17, 2019 at 11:59pm
COMING in 2020: The Sangre de Cristo 200!
Details: 208.4 Miles | Avg. Elev. 9,681′ | Gain +40,000′ / -40,000′ Loss | 100-Hour Cut-Off
The race is tentatively scheduled to start at 8:00am on Wednesday, September 18, 2020
You will have 100-hours, or until Noon on Sunday, September 22, 2020, to finish
Registration will open on December 1, 2019 at the great HPRS Price of $600!
Join the original creator of the first ever 200-miler in the world, our race director, Sherpa John for 200 amazing miles in the SdC!
CAMPOUT! The land our start/finish line is hosted on is private ranch land where we are priviledged guests. We have been afforded the opportunity of TENT CAMPING ONLY for a nominal fee per site. This in order to help minimize and mitigate 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. We encourage you to be a part of this amazing tribe, and immerse yourself, on this weekend. The camping fee is $10 per site/family for those in the 50k, 50-Mile, and 100k. The $10 site fee has been built into the entry fee for the 100-Miler. Please email the race director about camper vans, rooftop tents, or other options. You can purchase your site during registration as an add-on, or later on by CLICKING HERE.
UTMB/ITRA: This race has been evaluated and certified by the International Trail Running Association. The 100-Mile is is a UTMB Qualifier worth 6 Points, the 100k is a UTMB Qualifier worth 4 Points, the 50-Mile is a UTMB Qualifier worth 3 Points, and the 50k is a UTMB Qualifier worth 2 Points.
Course: The course is an out-and-back that begins and ends on Private Ranch Land off of Custer County Road 119 located south of Westcliffe, CO. Runners will negotiate the Rainbow Trail, and Music Pass Road/Trail, within the San Isabel National Forest/San Carlos Ranger District. Runners will negotiate these trails and roads at elevations between 9,000 and 11,400′. On this section of the Rainbow Trail, the trail is just wide enough for ATVs to travel on. It is not a double track trail or road, not quite single track. The trail is rugged and remote and serves as the boundary of the Wilderness Area along it’s entire western flank.
Aid Stations: Runners in the 100-Mile will access 4 aid locations with a total of 13 stops. Runners in the 100k will access 4 aid locations with a total of 7 stops. Runners in the 50-mile will access 4 aid locations with a total of 5 stops. Runners in the 50k will access 2 aid locations with a total of 3 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, crews are only allowed to assist runner’s in the 50-mile (1x), 100k (1x), and 100-Mile (3x) and only at the Start/Finish line aid station.
Pacers are allowed to join runners in the 100-Mile and 100k ONLY, and may only jump in from the Start/Finish Aid Station at the following miles: 51.42 and 93.92 in the 100-Mile | 51.42 in the 100k
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 Friday Night; All runners must check-in with race staff the morning of their run by 15-Minutes prior to their respective race. Runners not checked in by that time will not be scored as official runners of the event.
Pre-Race Briefing: Friday Evening at 6:30pm at the Start/Finish
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 100-Mile Finishers will receive a Sangre de Cristo 100-Mile Endurance Run belt buckle. All other official finishers will receive a unique finishers award. We’ll also present special awards to DFL and Best Blood.
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.