IMPORTANT 2021 RACE INFORMATION
THIS IS AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT RACE FOR WELL PREPARED ATHLETES. STRICT CUTOFF TIMES WILL BE ENFORCED.
ANY AND ALL COVID RESTRICTIONS OR REQUIREMENTS INCLUDING MASK WEARING MUST BE ADHERED TO.
1. Race attire: Hat, gloves and jacket recommended. Polypropylene base layers with other types of wicking/waterproof materials are STRONGLY Recommended. Rain and foul weather are common during the race even if there is sunshine at the start. DON’T WEAR COTTON!
2. Cut-off times must be met by all participants.
Upper Camp Bird. @ 7.6 miles 10:00 AM, or 2.5 hrs. after race start, adjusted if necessary
Summit, Imogene Pass @ 10 Miles 12:00 PM, or 4.5 hrs. after race start
Finish Line: 17.1 miles 2:30 PM – LAST BUS back to OURAY 2:45 PM
We will be disqualifying people who start the race early and do not record a start with their chip. This is for the security of our volunteers and to get them off the mountain before weather deteriorates. If you do not make the cuttoff, you must voluntarily return to the start.
3. MASKS are REQUIRED for check in and for riding on the bus, before starting, and after finishing. Additional restrictions may be added prior to race day.
4. Carry your Food, only liquids (water and Tailwind) will be provided on course and at the finish.
5. Bus schedule: Bus transportation is available to IPR participants and volunteers. Please note the bus schedule below. 1 time of AM buses, 2 times of PM buses.
6. No on-site registrations accepted
All participants MUST be at least 15 years of age on Race Day!
NO TRANSFERS, NO REFUNDS for ANY REASON
ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST SHOW A VALID PICTURE ID TO CHECK IN. THIS ID MUST MATCH THE REGISTRATION INFORMATION PROVIDED.
If you plan to register a friend or family member BE SURE to have ACCURATE information for them including NAME SPELLING, DATE OF BIRTH, GENDER, EMAIL, POSTAL ADDRESS and SHIRT SIZE. Please register ONLY ONCE. There are no TRANSFERS or CHANGES to entries once confirmed.
ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST SHOW A VALID PICTURE ID TO CHECK IN. THIS ID MUST MATCH THE REGISTRATION INFORMATION PROVIDED.
Registration will open June 1, 6AM Mountain Daylight Time (UTC -6:00). For 2020 Virtual Participants registration will open on May 29, 6AM MDT. 1100 entries will be offered. Additional entries may be offered in August should conditions permit.
Start time for the 2021 race is 7:30 AM Saturday September 11. Start Line location is the corner of 4th Ave and Main; in Ouray, Colorado. An alternate wave start plan may be used, start location would move 3 blocks west near the Box Canyon entrance. The start location and procedure will be announced prior to race day.
Entry fee for this years race is $125. Entry is NON TRANSFERABLE and can only be used by the person who is originally confirmed by their registration submission for the year that they register. No Transfers, No Refunds, No Rainchecks. Part of your entry fee will be given to the USFS to help maintain our National Forest and to ensure the continued use of Forest Service lands for the IPR. We will again be utilizing electronic Chip timing which will provide split times at the Upper Camp Bird and Summit aid stations. NO TRANSFERS, NO REFUNDS
Entries for all Record Holders and Previous (non virtual) year class winners (2019 Gold Medallists) will be complimentary. To receive your COMP entry qualified persons MUST contact the race director after June 1 via email for instructions. DO NOT REGISTER ONLINE WITH PAYMENT. Comp Entries are NON-TRANSFERABLE and are available only for the first running year following your Gold Medal performance.
Difficult Course and Possible Inclement Weather:
Imogene Pass is exceptionally beautiful, even by Colorado standards. Because of its mountainous setting and the time of its running, however, the course is difficult and hostile weather is a very real possibility on race day. The course description and history speak to the difficulty of the endeavor. Participants may encounter subfreezing temperatures, winds, rain, snow and fog; the possibility of injury and/or hypothermia must be emphasized. While mountain rescue teams, EMTs and other assistance may be provided, PARTICIPANTS BEAR THE ULTIMATE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY AND RISK.
TRAIN yourself to negotiate very steep, rocky and possibly icy, snow-covered ascents and descents. PREPARE yourself to contend with hostile weather conditions – in threatening weather the IPR will STRONGLY SUGGEST that participants have a jacket, gloves and hat to proceed over the summit. Improperly prepared participants may be turned back at the Upper Camp Bird Checkpoint.
All participants should have a jacket, gloves and hat at with them during the run. Polypropylene base layers with other types of wicking/waterproof materials are STRONGLY Recommended. Rain and foul weather are common during the race even if there is sunshine at the start. Improperly prepared participants may be turned back at the Upper Camp Bird Checkpoint, regardless of cutoff time limitations. return to top
Mandatory Cutoff and other course time limits:
The cutoff time at the Upper Camp Bird aid station (7.5 miles) is 10:00 AM. All participants who have not reached this station in the allotted time of 2.5 hrs. will be required to voluntarily turn back to Ouray. The summit qualifying time is 12:00 PM, participants arriving late will have their bib marked DQ (disqualified) and may be requested to sag to finish. Official timing at the finish line in Telluride will cease at 2:30 PM. The cutoff time is for the security of both the participants and the volunteers, and to allow time for the race results calculation before 1:30 PM. return to top
Entry is by PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY. Registration will open on June 1st for all participants age 15 and older. No mail in registration is offered. Race participation is limited to the first 1100 entrants. Up to 500 additional entries may be offered in August should good health conditions continiue. Race Notice emails will be sent to all previous year registrants in May. This race fills up fast! Accepted entries will be emailed confirmation of their entry from IPR with an assigned bib number. You should also check this website for your name on the confirmation list if uncertain. – NO TRANSFERS, NO RAIN CHECKS, NO REFUNDS
Once your registration is confirmed your name will be posted to the website and you will receive a confirmation waiver. This signed waiver (or picture ID and correct bib#) must be presented at check-in in order for you to receive your bib and chip.
Race Check in – Bib/Chip Pickup: MASKS REQUIRED
Plan to pick up your bib/chip and t-shirt Friday to avoid race morning crowds. Schedule listed is for Sept. 10 & 11. All participants must present a legal picture ID to check in. For faster service please know your bib# and have your picture ID in hand. Check in by/for friends or family members is not permitted. FACE MASKS REQUIRED FOR CHECK IN
|Friday Afternoon||Noon – 2:30 PM||Elks Lodge, Telluride|
|Friday Evening||5:00 – 8:00 PM||Ouray Community Center|
|Saturday Morning||6:00 – 7:00 AM||Ouray Community Center|
All items offered to participants at Race Check in are for PARTICIPANTS ONLY. Registered persons who are not present at check in will not have any claim on offerings at check in. This includes participant shirts or any other items offered at check in. Supplies of all items may be limited, check in early to avoid disappointment. All Virtual participants will be mailed their race packet.
Race Cancellation or Course Adjustments:
The IPR has never been cancelled. Due to extreme weather conditions the possibility exists. Every effort will be made to hold the race, but the Board of Directors reserves the right to delay, adjusts cutoff time, shorten or even cancel the event for weather or COVID related reasons. If hostile weather conditions develop after the start of the race, the road above Upper Camp Bird may be closed by the Ouray County Sheriff and all competitors will be required to turn back to Ouray. If so, no finish line timing will be provided. There will be no refunds in the event of race cancellation or course adjustments.
Participants who exhibit unruly, obnoxious or uncooperative behavior or refuse to follow covid requirements will be disqualified and denied future entry into the IPR.
Message centers at Race Check-in and the Finish Line will provide race course information and attempt to give guests status on participants that have been turned back to Ouray. Please know bib number for faster service. Additionally we will offer RaceJoy tracking and be distributing information on the WhatsApp platform.
There will be aid stations with beverages only (water and Tailwind). All athletes must carry their own nutrition.
Special awards will be given to overall M/F winners in three categories: Open, Masters (40-59) and seniors (60+). Awards will be given to the top three finishers in each age/sex category in 5-year increments up to 75 years old, a commemorative pin for all finishers and t-shirts to all entrants. The awards will be mailed.
Bus Transportation and Schedule: MASKS REQUIRED
Bus transportation will be offered between Ouray Community Center and Telluride Courthouse on Race Day. There will be a nominal cost TBD, reservations will be offered online and required. Information will follow.
Race Morning – Telluride to Ouray
5:15 Loading, Depart 5:30 AM Sharp
Post Race – Telluride to Ouray (two times)
2:30 PM (LAST bus 2:45, course closes at 2:30)
Ouray turnbacks and DQs: A bus will be held – check in at the Ouray Community Center to request a ride and advise INFO Center that you have withdrawn.
Imogene Pass road is closed to all vehicles on race day while the Imogene Pass Run is in progress.
Ouray Side Closure 6:45AM – 12:30PM
Telluride Side Closure 6:00AM – 2:30PM
Please use Ophir pass. Thank you for your cooperation.
Mountain rescue support, including EMTs and first-aid personnel will attempt to cover the entire course. Participant is responsible for any evacuation or medical costs incurred by helicopter, ground search, rescue and emergency transportation.
All competitors will be able to send their personal gear (in race provided bags) from the Ouray start to Telluride, no charge. Visit the information booth for gear drop and pickup location. Personal gear dropped on the course during the race is completely at the risk and responsibility of the participant.
Camping and Lodging information is available by calling:
Telluride Central Reservations @ 970-728-4431 or 800-525-3455
Ouray Chamber of Commerce @ 970-325-4746 or 800-228-1876
Ouray Hot Springs:
Participants will be provided a discount into the pools the weekend of the event; go to race check-in first.
We will not offer the dinner in 2021
A race course orientation will be presented ONLINE 7:00 PM on Friday. This will consist of a slide show course orientation, a question and answer session, up to date weather information, and the forecast at that time. Participants who have never run Imogene before are advised to attend this orientation.
No ski poles, hiking poles, walking sticks or other aids are permitted. No animals with participants. Bib numbers must be visible at all times, worn on front chest or leg! Runners must stay on road from summit to finish; cutting switchbacks between Tomboy Townsite and Telluride will result in disqualification. The race may be postponed, shortened or cancelled for any reason. Masks may be required at any place, at any time. Other COVID requirements including vaccination or negative test results or other mitigation efforts may be required – no refunds, no transfers, no rain checks.
Timing and Results:
Timing will include split times at Upper Camp Bird and Summit. Results will be posted on this website after the race. Finish line timing will only be provided in Telluride.