55k course description

Race Start 8am, Cutoff 8pm

12 Hour Time Limit = 21 min / mile pace

55k has 3376′ of ascent and 3376' of descent with an average elevation above 10,600'

2019 55k Course Cal Topo Maps

**NO PACERS FOR 55K RACE**

*You signed up for a race so please keep it fair to everyone else*

*This includes a friend on a fun run or otherwise a bandit runner*

*You will be disqualified*

Section 1:  

Starting from Mesa Top AS (Start/Finish):  Head east out of the parking lot onto a trail leading to the Grand Mesa Lodge (3.5m /gradual downhill). From the lodge you will cross Hwy 65 to the Crag Crest Trailhead and Crag Crest AS (.5m). Run an out and back on Crag Crest trail, you will return to Crag Crest AS (10.5m / technical climbs and decent) Head back across the hwy towards Grand Mesa Lodge, passing the lodge, running the trail to Mesa Top AS (Start/Finish Line)  (4m/gradual uphill).

  • 18.75m with 2503′ of ascent and 2503'of descent

 

Description:  Seldom traveled faint trail for the first 3.5m, watch trail markers closely. Crag Crest is well traveled and easy to navigate, also technical with lots of lava rock. Amazing views, bring your camera!

Section 2:  From the Mesa Top AS, racers will run south on the Mesa Top Trail 7.6m to Flowing Park AS. Check in here.

  • 7.6m with 160′ of ascent but 805′ of descent

Description:  This section is gradual downhill with a few small uphill bumps. The trail flows in and out of the forest with open meadows in between.  

Section 3: Reverse of section 2.  Once checked in, turn back around and return to the Finish line via the Mesa Top trail!  

  • 7.6m and 805' ascent and 160' descent

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