About Run Rabbit Run 50 & 100 Mile UltraMarathons
Routt National Forest lands (1,125,438 acres) are located in northwestern Colorado. The Steamboat Ski Resort is located in the forest, on Mount Werner. The forest is named after John Routt, the first Governor of Colorado. It was established in 1905 by President Theodore Roosevelt. The forest encompasses 1,126,346 acres (4,558.16 km2). The Continental Divide splits the forest in half, with the east part drained by the North Platte River and the west drained by the Yampa River. Routt National Forest contains seven wilderness areas entirely or partially within it. Entirely within Routt are the Mount Zirkel and the Sarvis Creek Wildernesses. This is home to the annual hundred mile race Run Rabbit Run.
The course is spectacular and runs through the beautiful mountains and fall colors of the Routt National Forest of northern Colorado and through lovely Emerald Mountain. The Run, Rabbit, Run features separate starts for Hares and Tortoises, with Tortoises – otherwise known as the “not freakishly genetically gifted” getting a four hour head start. The 100 mile course will also start at the base of the ski area and encompass Buffalo Pass (elevation, 10,300) and Emerald Mountain, with a few nice little hops through town. It will be tough. The 100 mile course will have approximately 21,000 feet of climbing, and will test the endurance and spirit of any runner, whether you’re a tortoise or a hare. Runners will be greeted with a well-marked and challenging mountain run, spectacular autumn scenery, terrific aid stations and a chance for you and your family to visit one of the greatest little towns in America – Steamboat Springs, Colorado.