Festivals & Events:
10th Annual Rundola
The Telluride Foundation’s Rundola will go on and be modified to ensure a safe, socially distanced event this year. The Foundation has been working with San Miguel County Public Health Director Grace Fanklin and race event professionals to run a safe, athletic event for participants and the community. As a result, the Rundola, Telluride’s Fourth of July Footrace, will set a high standard, using county guidelines and moving forward with new safety protocols in place.
The Rundola is an uphill footrace for pre-registered participants who want to celebrate the holiday with a physical challenge. Starting from the base of the gondola in Telluride and finishing at the top of the ridge that parallels the gondola, runners gain 1,810 feet of elevation any way they can — run, hike or crawl. This year, as part of new safety requirements, start times for participants will be pre-assigned and staggered to ensure that only ten participants will start at once. Pre-determined start times will be emailed to participants the night before and will run from 8am and running through 11am. Fencing, signage, and staff will be in place at the start and finish areas to maximize physical distancing.
Registration is open at runreg.com for a limited number, up to 300 participants. Online registration closes on July 2nd at 4pm MT or when the maximum capacity is reached. Also, new this year, there is a virtual category on the registration site for those that want to be part of the tradition but cannot be in Telluride. Anyone, anywhere, and at any time can run a 5K and post their pictures on Instagram, #virtualrundola2020. Runners can also post their final time on RunReg.com if they so choose.
Some of the new protocols will be: pre-assigned start times in groups of no more than ten, every five minutes to allow spacing; a participant cap of 300; no children’s category; no award ceremony or after-race breakfast to avoid gatherings; and all volunteers and staff will wear masks. Regulations may be modified, or the race could be canceled if the county’s health status changes. If so, the Telluride Foundation will refund registration fees.
Runners start at the base of the gondola on the Town of Telluride side and finish at the top of the ridge, between the top of Lift 7 and the Nature Center. Runners can choose their own route up the mountain - they can take the 4,600 foot Telluride Trail with an average grade of 13% or bushwhack straight up the mountain for an even steeper climb. The course record is held by Daniel Kraft in 2012 with a time of 21:43.36. The women's record is held by Nora Coennen in 2013 with a time of 27:29.81.