Hermit Pass Marathon - Half Hermit - Lucky Hermit 13K
Our second year - be part of Colorado running history!
The second running of the Hermit Pass Marathon, Half Hermit and Lucky Hermit 13K took place on a beautiful fall Colorado day on Sept 17, 2016. We had a great group of runners, many returning for their second effort and many new. We had a dedicated group of aid station volunteers, volunteers at race HQ, and help from the Custer County Sheriff's Posse in vehicles and horseback, plus Search and Rescue volunteers on ATV's. Luckily, we had no serious injuries, and everyone had a great time.
We continue to learn with each event. We did have 5 half marathon runners who were directed onto a longer course by mistake, and thus ran a 15.3 mile race instead. Mixups with the marathon bag drop caused a few colder than desired runners up on top in the 20+mph winds. Our sincere apologizes to those affected but neither of these things will happen again!
We thank all our runners for believing in our event and supporting our efforts, to all our volunteers, staff and various helpers, to A Painted View Ranch for use of the facilities, and all the Club America volunteers working that day and others to put this on.
Race results are posted! Click Marathon, Half Hermit, and Lucky 13K for the listings. More photos will be posted as our photographers get them to me.
Barbara Sutton, 9:35pm Sunday
CURRENT RACE DETAILS as of Sept 13, 2016
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Barbara Sutton, Race Director
Date: Saturday Sept 17, 2016
Start: 7:30 am. for Marathon. 9 am for Half Hermit. 10:30am for Lucky Hermit 13 K. Start line for all runs will be at A Painted View Ranch (APV) on Hermit Road. The Finish line will be at APV before you get to the Cantina.
Entry fee: Before June 1 Early Registration: $65 for Marathon; $45 for Half Hermit, Lucky Hermit $35
Registration June 1 - Sept 3 : $75 for Marathon; $55 for Half Hermit, $45 for Lucky Hermit.
Late Registration Sept 4 - Sept 17: $85 for Marathon; $65 for Half Hermit; $55 for Lucky Hermit
No transfers, no refunds, no rain checks. Part of the entry fee will be paid to the USFS for use of USFS land.
Race HQ: Start and finish at A Painted View Ranch, 3115 County Road 160, Westcliffe, CO 81252.
Westcliffe is located on Hwy 96, 1 hour west of Pueblo, 2 hours south of Colorado Springs, and 3 hours southwest of Denver.
Click here for Directions. RV electric hookups are available. Call 719-783-9100 or go to www.apaintedview.com.
Course: The Hermit Pass Marathon will start at A Painted View Ranch and follow Hermit Rd up to the summit of Hermit Pass and then return down the same route but once back on the county road portion, it will deviate north on to Ute Mesa Trail, to Pines Road and then to Kettle Lane and finish at A Painted View Ranch. Elevation gain for the first 11 miles is a gradual steady climb from 7878 ft to 13,050 ft., approx, 5,072 ft.total. The closer the trail gets to the top of the pass, the more rocky and primitive and difficult it becomes. The run down Hermit Road is very tough. THIS IS A VERY DIFFICULT COURSE FOR WELL SEASONED AND PREPARED ATHLETES. The final 5 miles is on county gravel road with washboard and loose gravel, but beautiful views of the Valley floor and the Wet Mountains. CLICK HERE FOR A DETAILED MILE BY MILE COURSE DESCRIPTION.
The Half Hermit (Half Marathon) will start at the same point, go up Hermit Road 6.55 miles and return to the starting point without any deviation in the route. The half marathon turn around is not at the top of the pass, but will turn around at about 10,350 ft. altitude on Hermit Road. THIS IS A MODERATELY DIFFICULT COURSE FOR WELL PREPARED ATHLETES.
The Lucky Hermit 13K (8.3 miles) will start at the same point, go up Hermit Road and turn north on to Ute Mesa Trail, to Pines Road, then to Kettle Land and back to Hermit Road, to the finish line at A Painted View Ranch. This is all dirt/gravel county roads with some washboard. The most elevation gain is about 1000’ ft at the beginning and then it becomes gently rolling as it makes the loop back around to the start. THIS IS AN EASY COURSE FOR ALL RUNNERS.
Click here for the Marathon Map, Elevation Graph and Elevations and Distances for all routes.
The Hermit Pass road on county property will NOT be closed to traffic at the start of the Hermit and Half Hermit. Be aware of traffic and run against the traffic as much as possible. The Forest Service portion of Hermit Road will not be closed to public traffic, but signs will be posted over the summer advising people of the event and asking them to avoid using the road during the run. Lucky Hermit runners should keep to the LEFT side and watch for traffic.
Timing: Manual timing, we will do splits at the 6.55 mile point (turn around for the Half Hermit), and at the Hermit Pass summit turn around for the marathon.
Mandatory Cut off and other course time limits: The marathon course will close at the Hermit Pass turn around at 1pm., and runners will be turned back if they are still on the course as the race officials sweep the course from Hermit Pass down.
Registration: Entry is by online at www.imathlete.com/events/hermit2016. Or click mail in registration to download and print out the form to mail in. Or register in person at Club America WMV 50 E. Main St. Silver Cliff, CO 81252. Marathon Race participation is limited to the first 300 entrants for this event. No limit for entries for the Half Hermit or Lucky Hermit. Accepted entries will be emailed confirmation of their entry from HPM and a list posted here at the Hermit Pass Marathon webpage.
Waivers: You will be emailed a confirmation waiver. This signed waiver must be presented at check in or on file in order for you to receive your bib.
Race Check-In - Bib Pickup: Plan to pick up your bib and t-shirt Friday at A Painted View Ranch between 3pm and 5 pm. or Sat. am. within an hour of the start time. All participants must present a picture ID to check in and sign their waiver. Replacement waivers will be available. Check in by or for family or friends is not permitted.
Race Packet: All items offered to participants at Race Check in are for Participants only.
Race Cancellation or Course Adjustments: Due to extreme weather conditions, the possibility exists that the Marathon course will altered or shortened. Every effort will be made to hold the race as planned, but the Board of Directors/Race Director reserves the right to delay, adjust cutoff times, shorten or even cancel the event for weather related or other reasons. If hostile weather conditions develop in the mountains after the start of the race, the road above Horseshoe Lake overlook turn (timberline) may be closed and all competitors required to turn around at that point. Bibs of runners who are turned back will be marked and they will be directed on to any adjustments down on the Valley floor in order to keep the same distance if it is possible to do so in a safe manner. There will be no refunds in the event of race cancellation or course adjustment once the race has started.
Behavior Policy: Be nice.
Aid Stations: There will be aid stations with beverages, and snacks, and basic first aid items. We plan to have at least one EMT, RN or MD at each aid station. The actual items will be posted on the website and at APV once it has been finalized. Refreshments will also be provided at the finish line. However, this is not highly supported race, so entrants should be prepared to carry what they need.
Equipment Drop at Timberline: Marathon participants who wish to have extra gear available at timberline, such as a jacket, hat, gloves, snacks, etc. will have the opportunity to put their gear in a bag which will be marked with their Bib number, and then transported to the timberline (Horseshoe Lake) aid station. Drop off bags must be ready before 6:45 am. at the registration desk/Drop Bag area.
Awards: An award will be given for all finishers of each event. If warranted by the number of participants, special awards for each event will be given to overall M/F winners in 3 categories: Open, Masters (40-59) and Seniors (60+) and awards will be given to the top three finishers in each age/sex category in 5 yr. increments up to age 75. The awards ceremony will be held at A Painted View Ranch cantina beginning 2-3 pm. depending on when most runners finish.
Emergency Provisions: Mountain rescue support, including EMT’s 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. Due to the rural nature of the race venue, medical facilities are limited. There is fairly good cell phone coverage over most all of the course.
Lodging: RV hookups (electric only, no water) are available at A Painted View Ranch 719-783-9100. Camping and lodging information is available at the Custer County Chamber of Commerce website: www.custercountyco.com or the Custer County Tourism Board website: www.visitcustercounty.com
Club America WMV Aquatic and Fitness Center: Discount passes for participants will be provided for the weekend of the event, and at Race Check in. Club America is a community owned and operated not for profit facility with a heated indoor pool, sauna, functional fitness area, and weight room, and is the producer and benefactor of this event.
Pre- Race Dinner: You are on your own. There are a number of restaurants in Westcliffe that will be open Friday night.
Post-Race Amenities: Food and beverages, beer and wine will be available for participants, and visitors may purchase after the run. Relax for awhile in the Ranch Cantina (see www.apaintedview.com/rentals-cantina) and enjoy the ambiance. We hope Massage will be provided near the finish line and Cantina, again this year by Desiree Dallaguardia, a triathlete, functional fitness instructor and Licensed massage therapist.
Race Orientation: If you'd like an orientation, please email me before Friday.
Restrictions: No ski poles, hiking poles, walking sticks, or other aids are permitted except for the marathon runners who may use poles/sticks for the upper part of the course. No headphones. No animals with participants. Bib numbers must be visible at all times! Runners must stay on road from start to finish, cutting switchbacks will result in disqualification.
Timing and Results: Timing will be done manually. Final Results will be posted at the finish line and on the marathon page at www.clubamericawmv.org after the race.
Barbara Sutton, MD 719-371-8001 firstname.lastname@example.org
A Painted View Ranch 719-783-9100 www.apaintedview.com
Club America WMV 719-783-0750 www.clubamericawmv.org
Part of this run is on the National Forest and will be under a special use permit issued by the San Carlos Ranger District, San Isabel National Forest.
Proceeds from this event go to benefit Club America WMV, the 501(c)3 nonprofit aquatics and fitness center for Custer County, Colorado and help provide swim lessons for our kids and fitness opportunities for people of rural Colorado. Want to help but can't participate in the race? Mail a donation to Club America WMV, PO Box 717, Westcliffe, CO 81252. Your donation may be tax deductible, please consult your tax advisor.
Results of the 1st Hermit Pass runs as of SEPT 20, 2015:
The first ever Hermit Pass Marathon, Half Hermit and Lucky Hermit 13K is now history! We had beautiful weather, a great group of runners, dedicated and hard working volunteers, and really good food after the run.
The marathon started right at 7:30am, and a group of 15 runners headed out on their long adventure. At the top of the pass, they encountered about 20 mph winds and so were escorted to the summit and then back down by our top of the pass team of John Peleaux and Tom Shepard. Then came the long treacherous descent, and the long road around the valley to the finish. Coming in first was Mick Backsen with a time of 5:16.02; second was Mason McClatchey at 5:42.30; and third was David Karp at 6:18.32. The first woman in was Jennifer Aguirre with a time of 6:25.36; second was Zenia Begay at 7:16.25 and 3rd was Kari Taylor at 8:08.31.
The Half Hermit started promptly at 9am. and a field of 19 runners headed off up Hermit Pass Road, turning around at 10,300 ft. after a mile or so of the rocky rutted road that makes the Hermit Pass run so tough. Finishing first was Gerald Romero with a time of 1:52.40; second was Eugene Saghi at 2:24.28, and the first place woman was Trina Ehrenberg with a time of 2:26.18. Second place woman was Amarillo Rucaj at 2:37.21.
The Lucky Hermit 13K field was small but eager. First place went to Sean Staples with a time of 1:11.49 and the first place woman was Jewel Heisig at 1:18.16.
Click here for all the results.