Registration is still open for the Telluride Foundation’s 2nd annual Fourth of July foot race, but this is definitely a case of you snooze, you lose. Capacity is 300. As of today, over 100 slots are already booked.

The Telluride Foundation’s Rundola is an uphill footrace open to anyone who dares to take on the challenge. The event takes place Wednesday, July 4, starting at 8 a.m.

Runners start at the base of the gondola on the town of Telluride side and finish at the top of the ridge. Run, hike or crawl from the starting line at the bridge next to the base of the gondola on the Telluride side and finish between the top of Lift 7 and the Nature Center. Runners can choose their own route up the mountain: they can take the 4,600 foot Telluride Trail with an average grade of 13% or bushwhack straight up the mountain for an even steeper climb. There is a total elevation gain of 1,810 feet.

“The community and visitors showed tremendous support for the Rundola last year,” said Paul Major, President & CEO of the Telluride Foundation. “We are excited to continue this new tradition to a fun filled holiday weekend. Last year the Rundola sold out with 200 participants, this year we are prepared for 300 participants, but to ensure your spot you will want to sign up early.”

Early in this case means NOW.

The Rundola is a family event. Registration fees are $35 for adults and $16 for kids through 5 p.m. July 2, 2012. A late fee of $5 is added to the registration fee starting July 3, 2012. Participants register in one of the following categories: Men 18 & under; 19-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; Women 18 & under; 19-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; Men & Women 60 years plus. Kids 12 and under, may register and participate in a race to the top of Kid’s Hill for $15. All kids are winners (not timed) and will receive shirts and ribbons. Metals will be awarded for the top three finishers in each adult category. The fastest overall man and fastest overall woman will win a grand prize which is to be announced. Please visit to register.

An awards ceremony starts at 10 a.m. at Oak Restaurant next to the gondola station in Telluride. All registered participants receive a meal during the awards ceremony. The Rundola is hosted by the Telluride Foundation and sponsored by Lumiere Telluride. The U.S. Forest Service, Telluride Ski & Golf, and Mountain Village are supporters of the event.

Note: Packet pick-up and on-site late registration (only if space available) at Telluride Sports at Gondola Plaza/ Camel’s Garden, noon – 4 p.m., July 3 and 6:30 a.m. – 7 a.m on July 4.

To learn more, listen to Susan Viebrock’s conversation with Katie.

About the Telluride Foundation:

The Telluride Foundation exists to create a stronger Telluride community through the promotion and support of philanthropy. It is a non-profit, apolitical community foundation that provides year-round support for local organizations involved in arts, education, athletics, charitable causes, land conservation and other community-based efforts through technical assistance, education and grant making. As a grant maker, The Foundation awards grants to qualified applicants that serve the people living and working in the Telluride area for the purpose of enhancing the quality of life within the region. For more information on the Telluride Foundation, visit


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