2016 Race Information
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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.  DONíT 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 Ė 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 are disqualified for missing the cutoff times be advised that there will not be any aid stations, communications, or search and rescue on the course.

3.       Bus schedule:  Bus transportation is free to IPR participants and volunteers.  Please note the bus schedule in the brochure.  1 time of AM buses, 2 times of PM buses.

4.      No on-site registrations accepted


All participants MUST be at least 15 years of age on Race Day!




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.  


Cost Course Race Attire Cutoff Times Check-In
Cancellation Road Closure Registration Transfers Aid Stations
Information Busses Awards Gear Pickup Emergency Support
Restrictions Lodging Ouray Hot Springs Pre Race Dinner Orientation
Timing and Results Contact Information History Records Confirmation



Start time for the 2016 race is 7:30 AM Saturday September 10.  Start Line location is the corner of 4th Ave and Main; in Ouray, Colorado.


Entry fee for this years race is $80Entry 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 RainchecksPart 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  return to top

COMP Entries:

Entries for all Record Holders and Previous year class winners (2015 Gold Medallists) will be complimentary.  To receive your COMP entry qualified persons MUST REGISTER BY MAIL no later than 8/15/16 postmark date and need to detail their qualification (ie. Winner 50-54 Men) in the payment section of the form.  After general registration closes in early June you MUST contact the IPR via EMAIL to receive an entry form..  A photocopy of a VALID picture ID must also accompany the entry form.  Comp Entries are NON-TRANSFERABLE and are available only for the 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.  The terrain is extremely difficult with steep loose up and downhill sections with sharp rocks and uneven surfaces.  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 PERSONAL WELL BEING 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 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 ONLYRegistration will open on June 1st for all participants age 15 and older.  No mail in registration is offered except for COMP ENTRIES (see above for restrictions).  Race participation is limited to the first 1600 entrants.  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.  Waivers will be emailed prior to the race.  You should also check this website for your name on the confirmation list if uncertain.  - NO TRANSFERS, NO RAIN CHECKS, NO REFUNDS -return to top


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.  return to top

Race Check in - Bib/Chip Pickup:

Plan to pick up your bib and packet Friday to avoid race morning crowds.  Schedule listed is for Sept. 9 & 10.  All participants must present a legal picture ID to check in and should also bring their signed Waiver.  If you do not have your waiver  replacements will be available.  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.

Friday Afternoon Noon - 2 PM Telluride Elks Lodge
Friday Evening 5 - 7 PM and
8 - 8:30 PM
Ouray Community Center
6th Street, just east of Main St.
Saturday Morning 6:30 - 7:00 AM

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Race Packet:

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.
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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 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.  return to top

Road Closure

The Imogene Pass Road will be closed on race day by declaration of the Ouray and San Miguel County commissioners.  The closure restricts all vehicle traffic with the following schedule.

Ouray side:    7AM - 12:30AM
Telluride side:    6:30AM - 2:30PM

The closure is for the well being of all race participants, please use Ophir Pass.  Thank you for your cooperation!


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.  return to top

Aid Stations:

There will be aid stations with beverages, cookies, candy and fruit.  Refreshments will also be provided at the finish line.


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 ceremony will be held at the Telluride Elks Park, across Main Street from the finish line, beginning at 1:30 PM.  return to top

Bus Transportation (FREE) and Schedule:

Bus transportation will be provided between Ouray Community Center and Telluride Courthouse on Race Day.

Race Morning - Telluride to Ouray
5:15 Loading, Depart 5:30 AM Sharp

Post Race - Telluride to Ouray (two times)
12:00 PM
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.  return to top

Emergency Provisions:

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.  return to top

Gear Pickup:

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.  return to top


Camping and Lodging information is available by calling:
Twin Peaks Lodge, Ouray @ 800-207-2700 or 970-325-4427 
Telluride Central Reservations @ 970-728-4431 or 800-525-3455
Ouray Chamber of Commerce @ 970-325-4746 or 800-228-1876
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Ouray Hot Springs:

Participants will be provided a discount into the pools the weekend of the event; go to race check-in first.  return to top

Pre-Race Dinner:

The Ouray County EMS Association will be hosting a benefit high-carbo vegetarian or meat pasta dinner on Friday night, Sept. 9, from 5-6:30 PM at the Ouray Community Center, 320 6th Ave.   Dinners are $11 per person if pre-ordered and $13 at the door.   return to top

Race Orientation:

A race course orientation will be presented at the Ouray Community Center (320 6th Ave.) beginning at 6:45 PM on Friday September 9, immediately after the pre-race dinner.  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.  return to top


No ski poles, hiking poles, walking sticks or other aids are permitted.  No animals with participants.  Bib numbers must be visible at all times!  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 - no refunds, no transfers, no rain checksreturn to top

Timing and Results:

Timing will again 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.  return to top

Road Closure

Imogene Pass road is closed to all vehicles on race day while the race is in progress.

    Ouray Side Closure    7AM - 12:30PM
    Telluride Side Closure    6:30AM - 2:30PM

Contact Information:

Electronic mail
info14atIMOGENERUNdotCOM  (replace the at with @ and dot with spelled out to avoid spam)

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Imogene Pass Run is an Equal Opportunity Service Provider. Imogene Pass Run is a permittee of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest.