On this page you will find crucial information on: runner qualifications, pre-race check-in, restaurant meal vouchers with links to menus.
Why: To benefit the Lake City volunteer EMTs
Where: Lake City, Colorado.
When: Runner check-in starts at 10 am and continues until 7 pm Friday June 21st at the Armory, located at the corner of Bluff and 3rd Streets, west of the Bank. Drop bags will be left in the Armory building as well.
At 7 pm, runners who have not shown up and checked in (or made prior arrangements with the RD) will forfeit their place on the runners list for someone on the waitlist. If no one from the waitlist is available, runners who show up to register on Friday will be chosen from a signup list that will begin at opening of registration, 10AM that day.
Start: The race starts at 5 am Saturday at the Town Park, Lake City, CO. All runners must also check in the morning of the race beginning at 4 am in the Armory.
Registration: Registration is open from 7am January 15 to 7pm January 22 on Ultrasignup.com If late registrations open up they will be available at 7pm on Friday in Lake City at the Armory. No race-day registrations. 250 runner limit. A pre-race dinner will be provided to the runners by one of several local venues. Please pick up your dinner voucher at check in.
Lottery: 250 runners will be chosen by lottery from those registered on January 22. A wait list will be chosen by lottery from those registered who were not in the first 250. Registrants will not be charged until they are accepted on the runners list. No refunds for drops from the runners list; this is a benefit run for volunteer EMTs.
Wait List: The wait list went over 130 last year but we have still never started a full course. You will not be charged for joining the wait list and you will be offered an invitation if you move up to the runners list.
Qualifications to register: On the entry form, you must list a completed trail ultra. This is for safety's sake, as well as to make reasonably sure that you'll have a shot at making the cut-offs along the course. We accept trail ultras over marathon length. The only exception is the Pikes Peak Marathon, which we do accept. If you enter without this qualification, your entry will be delayed or denied. If you have questions about your qualifications, please email or call (970)944-2269.
Entry Fees: $175 before May 15, $200 thereafter. Entry fee will be charged when runner is accepted to the runners list. There are no refunds for drops from the runners list. Remember, all proceeds go to Lake City's volunteer EMT's. Entry fee includes a dinner voucher, race bib, a custom t-shirt, and finisher's award, should you finish!
Cancellation Policy: The race committee reserves the right to cancel or alter the race due to conditions outside of our control, such as weather, snowpack, high stream flow, fires, or other acts of nature. We will do our best to return a portion of the entry fee if the race is cancelled, but please remember that we incur a lot of costs and this is a non-profit event. Runner's safety is our priority.
Getting Here: From Gunnison, CO, take Hwy 149 south about 55 miles. Gunnison has regularly scheduled flights. Lake City is also about 55 miles from Creede, north on Hwy 149. See the Lake City Area page above for a map.
Course: One counter-clockwise loop; altitudes ranging from 8,671' to 13,334'; 12,000'+ elevation gain; mostly trails, some jeep roads. Middle-of-pack runner: expect 12-14 hours. 16 hour cut-off. See Course Info for complete description of course, aid stations and map.
Aid: 4 stations with the works, 2 more water/snack stops, and a fully stocked finish line.
Crew Access: Support crew is allowed at two aid stations. From Start/Finish at the Town Park, go east on 3rd or 2nd Street to Highway 149. Turn right (southbound) on 149 and drive about 2.5 miles to County Road 30 (aka the Lake San Cristobal/Cinnamon Pass Road).
For the Williams Creek Aid Station, turn right at County Road 30 and drive approximately 6.5 miles to the William Creek Campground. Park well off the road on County Road 30 and walk to the aid station at the back of the campground. Please be courteous and considerate of campers and, if you see the Campground Hosts, please thank them for putting up with us.
For the Slumgullion Aid Station, back on Highway 149, continue past County Road 30 and drive approximately 3 miles up towards Slumgullion Pass beyond the Lake San Cristobal Overlook and Mile Marker 67. Please park well off the highway and do not overcrowd the aid station. We encourage runner's crew and family to monitor their progress from the Start/Finish after leaving Williams Aid Station. Try to arrive at the Slumgullion Aid station shortly before your runner arrives.
Please Support Our Sponsors: A thank you to those companies who have donated products and dollars to the San Juan Solstice 50. We have overwhelming community support for this event! Please check out our Sponsors Page, and thank those sponsors if you visit them.
PACKET PICK-UP begins on Friday at 10 am and continues until 7 pm in the Armory at 3rd St and Bluff St.. After 7 pm, runners who have not shown up and checked in (or made prior arrangements with the RD) will find that their slot has been forfeited to someone on the waitlist. Also, remember to buy a Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue Card at registration or at one of the stores in town or at checkin.
RESTAURANT VOUCHERS will be provided to the runners by one of many local restaurants that are eager to serve SJS50 participants. Please be sure to pick up your dinner voucher at check in. The $15 voucher will be redeemable Fri, Sat or Sun! Scroll down to learn more and for links to participating restaurants.
PRE-RACE BRIEFINGS will be held at 3, 5, and 6:30 pm in the Armory. We will give a course description and current course conditions. Muddy course marking volunteers have been known to hobble into the briefings to give the latest breaking news. We will have a course map posted and answer any questions you may have. We’ll describe the trail using the recommended Trails Illustrated “Silverton, Lake City” map. Again, please plan on carrying this map, sold at many stores in town.
SLOTS THAT OPEN ON FRIDAY (FROM RUNNERS WHO HAVE NOT CHECKED IN BY 7PM) will be filled sequentially from wait listed runners who are present. If other slots are available, after all available wait listed runners have entered, those will be filled sequentially from a list of non wait listed runners who are present. That list will be generated beginning at 10AM on Friday when check in opens.
MANDATORY CHECK-IN starts at 4:00 am Saturday morning in the Armory. Everyone must be checked in by 4:55 am, wait in line and be patient. Please let us know if you decide not to start !!!
Restaurant Vouchers - Participating Restaurants
Click for available menus - Prices and menu items may be subject to change
Nacho Moose Cantina & Cocina - Brunch Sat. & Sun 9am-1pm, dinner 5:30-8:30pm
Packer Saloon & Cannibal Grill - 11-9 *grill open until 11pm on race day! Live Music Friday & Saturday nights!
Restless Spirits Saloon - 4pm-9pm
Sweet Peas - open 11am-3pm
Southern Vittles - 11am-9
The Backyard BBQ & Convenience Store - 7am-9pm
Poker Alice Pizza - 11am-2pm & 4pm-9pm, closed from 2-4
Aloha Moose Inn - 6am-8pm open *4am on race day!
Lake City Bakery - 7am-6pm
Country Store Deli - 8am-7 & 10-7 Sunday
Climb Elevated Eatery - 11am-10pm
Lake City Café - TBD
Chillin’ Internet Coffee Shop - 7am-4pm
High Country Market Deli - 7am-9 and *4am to 10pm on race day!
Lake City Confluence - open 6:30am-3pm
Breakfast Hangout & Euphoria - 7am-11am, 1pm-8pm
Lake City Brewing Company - noon to 9pm