The Silverton 1000 Multiday Run consists of five separate running events: a 24 hour run, a 48 hour run, a 72 hour run, a 6 day run, and 1000 mile run challenge. All runs take place on a 1 mile trail loop around the Kendall Mountain Recreation Area in beautiful Silverton, Colorado at elevation 9318. Each 1 mile loop of the course features a challenging 250 feet of elevation gain and subsequent loss.
While the 24 hour, 48 hour, 72 hour, and 6 day runs are all “go as you please” format, meaning you may run or rest when you choose, in order to be eligible for the 1000 mile run challenge, you much complete at least 1 mile/loop of the course each consecutive hour of the event. In addition, there will be cutoffs in the 1000 mile run challenge of 350 miles in 6 days, 700 miles in 12 days, and all 1000 miles in 18 days.
The 6th annual Silverton 1000 Multiday run will be held August 14 – 20, 2015. All races start and end at 9:00 AM Mountain Daylight Time.
- The 1000 Mile Challenge begins on August 14
- The 6 Day Run begins August 14 and ends August 20.
- The 72 Hour Run begins August 14 and ends August 17.
- The 48 Hour Run begins August 14 and ends August 16.
- The 24 Hour Run begins August 15 and ends August 16.
The race course is located at the Kendall Mountain Recreation Area in Silverton, Colorado. The physical address is: 1 Kendall Place, Silverton, CO 81433
The Kendall Mountain Recreation Area is just a third of a mile from downtown Silverton, nestled in the heart of the San Juan Mountains. The Town of SIlverton features a small grocery and hardware store, a post office, restaurants, hotels, B&B’s, the narrow gauge train, and much more.
The timing and aid station tent will be housed within two 20-foot by 20 foot tents. You can setup your own tent adjacent to the timing or aid tents, in the ice rink area for no charge. There are also other areas next to the trail where you can pitch your personal tent and/or aid station but when doing that, there are some restrictions and a very nominal town camping fee.
With the expected number of runners in the various events, space in the timing tent will be very limited so please plan to bring your own tent or camping unit if you require a space for extended breaks.
Note: The timing and aid station tent is intended for runners to rest during their event, so noise should be kept to a minimum. However, people will be going in and out of the tent at all hours, so, runners should not expect complete quiet. If you require complete quiet, this will not be the place for you to set up your personal space.
Your time and distance for each completed lap will be recorded automatically using the MyLaps timing system. Up-to-date lap totals will be displayed on a display, and will be broadcast to the race website as often as possible. Invite your friends to watch your progress online during your run.
Each runner will wear a small transponder chip on a velcro strap around their ankle. No manual lap recording will be done.
Note: When you finish your race, you must return your transponder chip to one of the race personnel in the timing tent! The transponders cost upwards of $135 each, and you are responsible for the cost if you don’t return your chip.
Rules And Etiquette
Races begin on your designated day promptly at 9:00 AM. If you arrive late for the start of your race you may still compete, but the time you’ve missed is lost and cannot be made up.
A pre-race meeting will take place before each event at 8:45 AM. At the 9:00 AM start, you will begin circling the trail clockwise. Thereafter, you will change direction every six hours (at 3:00 PM, 9:00 PM, etc.).
You may leave the trail at any time. If and when you decide to continue, you must return to the course at the exact same place you left it, and complete the lap you were on when you stepped off the track, in the same direction as you were going, regardless of the direction other runners are moving when you return. This ensures that you are credited with the correct number of laps.
Except for the 1000 Mile Challenge, there are no DNFs in any of the multi-day runs. The objective in the multi-day runs is only to go as far as you can (or desire) in the allotted time. Of course, the more time you spend moving forward on the trail, the more distance you will accumulate.
If you wish to stop completely well before the official end of your race, inform the race director or whoever is in the timing area at the time, that you are quitting or leaving early and remember to turn in your chip!
An awards ceremony will follow an hour after the conclusion of the 24, 48, 72 and 6 day events. These will be held on the day each race finishes (see above).
Some runners use their effort to raise money for charities. The Silverton Challenge, in the past, has donated to the Silverton Kids Sports Programs, but does not endorse any other particular charity. We do fully support those that are running for other charities and applaud you if you do this with documentation of your run. The race director would like to be aware of charity fund-raising, as it helps with public relations when we get covered by the media.
NO CUTTING THE CURVES. You must STAY OUTSIDE the cones or markers on the curves. The layout of the trail at Kendall Mountain is such that you would have to be pretty devious to cheat. Nonetheless, if you cut the curves you will be disqualified.
It is your responsibility to know the rules. They exist to provide a good experience for all runners. If you are caught cheating you will be asked to leave and will not be allowed at future Silverton running events.
Trail etiquette does not require lone runners to yield the inside lane to runners wanting to pass, regardless of whether the one being passed is running or walking at the time. It is assumed that each participant is there to do his or her best, and has an equal right to pursue personal goals. In a race of this type, it is to be expected that even the best will walk for periods of time, particularly those in the longer races. Always pass others on the outside if they are on the inside lane.
An exception to this policy is the case of two or more persons running or walking together. Persons traveling around the trail in groups should always leave an inside channel open so faster runners do not have to travel far to the outside to get around them.
In all cases, remember to show common courtesy, and that most of us run for the enjoyment and thrill of the experience.
A full aid station will be provided during the first 6 days of the event, as well as breakfast and dinner each day. It is impossible to supply food that caters to all individual tastes. If you desire specific types of food and drink, bring them along with your normal race gear. A microwave oven will be available for your use. After 6 days, If you qualify to continue in the 1000 mile challenge, there will be water and other minimal aid, but, we ask that you pretty much try to be self sufficient after that. A dedicated crew would be a really good practice for all 1000 mile challengers.
Food and Beverages Provided (subject to change)
Water, cola, pretzels, oatmeal, tortillas, cheese, sports drinks, M&M’s, graham crackers, coffee, potatoes, soup, fresh fruit, peanut butter, cookies, etc.
The Silverton area is blessed with some very unpredictable weather. As the old saying goes – if you don’t like the weather, just wait a few minutes! Daytime temperatures could be anywhere from below freezing to somewhere in the 60’s. Nighttime temperatures will most likely be below freezing. This event is not for the faint of heart! You will positively need some warm clothes — tights, gloves, hat, jacket, etc. During the evening hours, you will need a light.
We will present progressive achievement awards to runners who have accumulated 1000 miles, 2000 miles and onward, over the years in the Silverton Challenge. These awards are given regardless of which event you have competed in, over the accumulated years.
The best way to prepare for an event such as The Silverton Challenge is to talk to someone who has done it or other multi-day runs. We recommend you like our Facebook page where you may talk about these types of races among participants both experienced and new.
We invite you to explore, and if you are an ultrarunner looking for a unique experience, to mark your calendars and make plans to be with us at one of the most beautiful places you’ll ever see. If you can’t be here to run, then join us during the race for the webcast.
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