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Join us for the second annual, Methodist Mountain Ultra. This is a one-of-a-kind race set on the beautiful Methodist Mountain trail system. We are excited to offer a race that is suitable for runners of all abilities. All participants will have a generous time cutoff so they can complete the race at their own pace. We look forward to hosting you at this amazing event!

Methodist Mountain Ultra

MMU takes place at the northern terminus of the Sangre De Cristo mountains, in the town of Salida, CO. The race features a 30k and 50k, mostly on single track trails with ~5500' of elevation gain for the 50k and ~3000' gain for the 30k.

The deets

Date and Time

June 29, 2024

50k starts @ 7am

30k starts @ 9am

Start Location

South Ark (formally known as Vandaveer Ranch Park), Salida Colorado

The entrance to the start/finish area is off of County Road 104. NO vehicles will be allowed to enter where the racers enter and exit the park. Parking will be within the fenced area. Please see the map below









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Course Maps

50k - 5500' gain

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30k - 3000' gain

Elevation Profiles

50k - 5500' gain

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30k - 3000' gain

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Aid stations


AS1 - Loggie Gulch - 4.1 miles

AS2 - Rainbow - 8.8 miles

AS3 - Columbine - 13.1 miles

AS2/4 - Rainbow - 17.4 miles

AS5 - Pot o' Gold - 22.7 miles

AS6 - Spartan - 26.8 miles


AS1 - Rainbow - 3.8 miles

AS2 - Pot o' Gold - 8.8 miles

AS3 - Spartan - 13 miles


Participants have 10 hours to complete the 50k course, ~19:00 min pace. A pacer is allowed only for 50k participants from AS6 to finish


AS1 - Loggie Gulch - No cutoff

AS2 - Rainbow - 10:00am

AS3 - Columbine - 11:15am

AS2/4 - Rainbow - 1:00pm

AS5 - Pot o' Gold - 2:30pm

AS6 - Spartan - 3:30pm

Finish - 5:00pm

Participants have 8 hours to complete the 30k course, ~28:00 min pace. No pacers allowed for 30k participants 


AS2/4 - Rainbow - 1:00pm

AS5 - Pot o' Gold - 2:30pm

AS6 - Spartan - 3:30pm

Finish - 5:00pm

Crewable aid stations

The only aid station where crew are allowed is the Spartan aid station due to the remoteness of the other aid stations. Any attempt to crew runners outside of the Spartan aid station will result if a disqualification for the runner.Pacers are allowed for 50k participants from this point to the finish

Aid station fare

Typical aid station foods to be expected

Cash prizes for 50k


All finishers will receive a finisher award and short sleeve t-shirt

1st Place Male/Female - $250

2nd Place Male/Female - $150

3rd Place Male/Female - $75

Packet Pickup

Packet Pickup will be at 7000' Running Company in Salida Colorado on Friday, June 28th from 2:00pm to 6:00pm. 

Participants are encouraged to pick up their packets on Friday during packet pickup. However, we will have race day pick up starting 1 hour prior to the 50/30k start times respectively at Vandaveer Ranch, at the race start/finish area.

Drop bags

Drop bags for the 50k participants will be dropped off race morning from 6:00-6:45am at the Start/Finish line. Drop bags will be at the Rainbow aid station, which 50k runners will see twice.


Race Director Justin Walker: 303-928-9347


MMU has partnered with the Hampton Inn, in Salida Colorado to offer a discounted rate ($109/night) for Friday, June 28th  and Saturday, June 29th. The hotel lays only 1/4 mile from the race start, so no need to drive to the start. Use discount code MMU or call Taylor Haynes at 719-539-7850.

***Details on 2024 rooms coming soon

Oros Events are permitted through San Isabel National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, Chaffee County and the City of Salida. Oros Events is an equal opportunity provider

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