Monday, September 11, 2006

Snow turns back classic mountain run

For the first time in 23 years, the Imogene Pass Run didn't go over Imogene Pass because of snow.

In the annual run, about 1,100 people normally run 17 miles from Ouray to Telluride over a 13,100-foot pass. This year, however, race support crews couldn't reach the top of the course because snow and ice had coated everything above about 12,000 feet. Instead, the directors routed the runners (who come from all over the four-corners states for what is said to be one of the most scenic races in the state) on a 15-mile loop that ended back in Ouray.

The runners weren't the only ones who had their plans cut short by nasty weather this weekend. The dicussion boards on is full of climbers turned back by snow.

The snow isn't supposed to stick around. Even up high. Drier weather is expected tomorrow.

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