Telluride Foundation: Announcing 11th Annual Rundola! Early Bird until 6/18!

Telluride Foundation: Announcing 11th Annual Rundola! Early Bird until 6/18!

San Miguel County Health approves a safe return to a normal race on July 4 hosted by the Telluride Foundation.! Early bird prices are available at through June 18th at 11:59 p.m. MT. Please visit  to register.

If you want to start Independence Day off with a BANG, then it’s time to register for the Telluride Foundation’s 11th annual Rundola, Telluride’s Fourth of July footrace. 

The race takes place on July 4th at 8 a.m.  The Rundola is an uphill footrace open to anyone who wants to celebrate the holiday with a physical 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.

The Telluride Foundation has been working with the San Miguel County health director and race professionals to offer a safe, athletic event for the community.

“The Rundola is a Fourth of July tradition in Telluride. We are proud to have held a safe race last year under the guidance of the county health department, and look forward to doing so again this year. We are grateful for the county’s guidance this year as we slowly increase capacity and gear up for another great event,” said Katie Singer, Telluride Foundation Events Director.

This year, there are a few modifications to ensure the safety of racers:

The race is capped at 475 participants; there will be no common water filling stations; registration and bib pick up will be non-contact; and there will be no award ceremony immediately following the race. Awards and prizes will be available for pick up on July 5th from 1-3 p.m. at the Telluride Foundation office or mailed to winners.

Following county guidelines, vaccinated racers are not required to wear a mask.  Respectfully, all non-vaccinated racers are asked to wear a mask when they cannot distance from fellow participants.

“Given that the virus is still very present in our communities, it’s wonderful to see organizations like Telluride Foundation and events like the Rundola implementing COVID safety precautions, even when they are not required,” said Public Health Director Grace Franklin. “We look forward to a safe and active summer thanks to continued efforts in the interest of everybody’s health and safety.”

“Registration is open, and we have many participants gearing up for the race,” added Singer. “I am thankful to our sponsors, Yeti Coolers, Telluride Sports, Telluride Express, Payscape, the National, Telluride Eco Cleaners, Telluride Properties, Northface, Lumiere Telluride, Home Loan Insurance, Pinnacle Electric, and Alpine Bank. Because of our sponsors, we can offer a quality race at an affordable price.”

This year Yeti Coolers and the National will reward the fastest overall man and woman; Telluride Sports and Northface will provide prizes for each first-place category.

Prize sponsor, The North Face (TNF) Telluride, will be hosting a free TNF Vectiv trail shoes demo exclusively for Rundola racers! Check in at the TNF Vectiv Demo tent when you pick up your race packets on July 3rd between 10am-12pm, and check out their new technology and the “future of trail.”

Vectiv Demo participants will be eligible to pick up some TNF swag, enter a raffle to win a pair of TNF Vectiv trail shoes and other prizes, and qualify for a special gift with purchase.

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.

The course record is held by Daniel Kraft in 2012 with a time of 21:43.36; the women’s record is held by Nora Coennen in 2013 with a time of 27:29.81.

The Rundola is a family event. The entry fee includes a race shirt and a chance to win great prizes. Early registration is $35 through 11:59 p.m. MST June 20, 2021. 

Registration prices increase to $40 on June 21st and $45 on July 2, 2021 or until the race is full. 

Participants register in one of the following categories: Boys 12 and under; Men 13-18; 19-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60 +; Girls 12 & under; Women 13-18; 19-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; & Women 60 +.

Medals will be awarded for the top three finishers in each category and the winner of each category will receive a prize from Telluride Sports & The Northface. The fastest overall man and fastest overall woman will each win a new YETI Cooler & a gift certificate to the National, a restaurant in Telluride.

Telluride Foundation, more:

The Telluride Foundation exists to create a stronger Telluride and regional community through the promotion and support of philanthropy. 2021 marks 20 years of making more possible through the Telluride Foundation’s commitment to enrich the quality of life of the residents, visitors and workforce of the Telluride region.

The Telluride Foundation is a nonprofit, apolitical community foundation that makes grants to nonprofits, owns and operates programs that meet emerging and unmet community needs, and makes investments.

The Foundation approaches this work through the lens of its core values of inclusion, self-reliance, and innovation. Its work is funded through the generous support of individual donors as well as grants from state and national foundations.

The Foundation hopes the community will join it in celebrating its 20th anniversary as it honors the nonprofits, donors, and community members who have all partnered together to achieve a significant positive impact on the region.

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