Telluride Foundation: Rundola Registration Announced

If you want to start Independence Day with a BANG, then it’s time to register for the Telluride Foundation’s fourth annual Rundola footrace.  The race takes place on July 4th at 8 a.m.  The Rundola is an uphill footrace open to anyone who dares to take the challenge. Starting from the base of the gondola in Telluride, finishing at the top of the ridge that parallels the gondola, runners gain 1810 feet of elevation anyway they can—run, hike or crawl.

Gondola Rundola start, by Melissa Plantz

Gondola Rundola start, by Melissa Plantz

 “The Rundola is a Fourth of July tradition for Telluride,” said Paul Major, President & CEO of the Telluride Foundation. “We are excited the event is so well received, we had over 350 participants last year. To ensure your spot you will want to sign up early.” 

This year One to One Mentoring will be organizing the Kids Hill portion of the event with the Telluride Foundation.

“We’re thrilled to partner with the Telluride Foundation for the kids portion of the Rundola,” said Tara Kelley, Executive Director of One to One Mentoring. “The Rundola offers a great way for us to promote fitness to the youth in our program as well as to the community, and it is wonderful exposure for One to One Mentoring.”

Runners start at the base of the gondola on the Town of Telluride side and finish at the top of the ridge, 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 an elevation gain of 1,810 feet.

Rundola, with town way below in the background, by Melssa Plantz

Rundola, with town way below in the background, by Melssa Plantz

The Rundola is a family event. Early registration is $30 for adults and $16 for kids through midnight MST June 6, 2014.  Registration prices rise to $35 for adults and $18 for kids on June 7- July 2, 2013.  An on-site fee of $5 is added to the registration fee starting July 3, 2013.  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, approximately ¼ miles.   All kids are winners (not timed) and will receive shirts and ribbons.   Medals 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 provided by Telluride Sports, which will be announced closer to the event.  Please visit  to register or visit and search Rundola.

An awards ceremony will start 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 Telluride Foundation and One-to-One Mentoring host the Rundola. Lumiere Telluride, Home Loan Insurance, Telluride Sports and U.S. Foods are sponsors of the 2014 event. The US Forest Service, Telluride Ski & Golf, and Mountain Village are also supporters.

 About the Telluride Foundation: 

The Telluride Foundation exists to create a stronger Telluride community through the promotion and support of philanthropy. It is a nonprofit, 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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