OURAY COUNTY – You might say Charles Johnston is off to a running start since moving to Montrose from Houston, Texas in July. The 30-year-old ultra-runner, a CPA by trade, was so inspired by the spectacular San Juan Mountains of his new home that he decided to create a brand new ultra-run dubbed the Ouray 100.
The inaugural 102.49 mile run, currently in the permitting phase with the U.S. Forest Service, is slated for Aug. 2-3, 2014, starting and ending in Ouray’s Fellin Park.
The first portion of the new race features an out-and-back course that follows county roads and hiking trails from Ouray all the way up to Ptarmigan Lake and Silver Basin in the vicinity of Imogene Pass, then incorporates an out-and-back spur along the Weehawken Trail up to the Alpine Mine, on the way back down along County Road 361 to Ouray.
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