Avoid Civilization

races that keep evidence of humanity to a minimum.

 

After running alone for three pitch-black hours, “beacon of light” will graduate from figurative to literal when you approach that aid station. It’ll be an island of hope offering lukewarm soup that, at 2:43 am, may be the best thing to happen to you all day. It also may be as much human interaction as you’re looking for until the finish line.

These races will expose you to landscapes that have stood the test of time.

 
 
Rank Race Location % Developed % "Original" Track
1 IMTUF Silverton, CO 0.00% 2.08
2 Palisades Burgdorf, ID 0.00% 1.98
3 Uwharrie Ouray, CO 0.00% 1.93
4 Oil Creek Titusville, PA 0.00% 1.91
5 Wyoming Range Jackson, WY 0.00% 1.71
6 Old Cascadia Jackson, WY 0.04% 1.68
7 Javelina Jundred Hatch, UT 0.19% 1.58
8 High Lonesome Ouray, CO 0.42% 1.52
9 Mountain Lakes Kaysville, UT 0.87% 1.48
10 Tahoe Rim Trail Carson CIty, NV 0.94% 1.39
11 Eastern States Watersville, PA 1.30% 1.31
12 Angeles Crest Wrightsville, CA 1.50% 1.27
13 Brazos Bend Sheridan, WY 1.50% 1.26
14 Bryce Canyon Burgdorf, ID 1.77% 1.22
15 Scout Mountain Pocatello, ID 1.78% 1.18
 

 

(#1) Hardrock 100 — Silverton, CO

Average Elevation: 10,974’ (280% of 100-mile average)

High Point: 14,013’

With an average elevation of nearly 11,000 feet, Hardrock holds exclusive rights to the two-mile high club. We would have made a separate category but decided it wouldn’t be that interesting with one race. If you’re lucky enough to navigate the lottery and kiss the rock, though, you can tell your friends you joined the two-mile high club.

 

(#2) High Lonesome — Ouray, CO

Average Elevation: 10,439’ (266% of 100-mile average)

High Point: TBD

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(#3) Ouray — Ouray, CO

Average Elevation: 10,187’ (259% of 100-mile average)

High Point: TBD

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(#4) Leadville — Leadville, CO

Average Elevation: 10,097’ (259% of 100-mile average)

High Point: TBD

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(#5) Run Rabbit Run — SteamBoat Springs, CO

Average Elevation: 9,035’ (230% of 100-mile average)

High Point: TBD

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(#6) Wyoming Range — Jackson, WY

Average Elevation: 8,862’ (226% of 100-mile average)

High Point: TBD

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(#7) Bryce Canyon — Hatch, UT

Average Elevation: 8,361’ (213% of 100-mile average)

High Point: TBD

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(#8) Tahoe Rim Trail — Carson CIty, NV

Average Elevation: 8,006’ (213% of 100-mile average)

High Point: TBD

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(#9) wasatch Front — Kaysville, UT

Average Elevation: 7,819’ (199% of 100-mile average)

High Point: TBD

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(#10) Bear — LOgan, UT

Average Elevation: 7,315’ (186% of 100-mile average)

High Point: TBD

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(#11) Palisades — Irwin, ID

Average Elevation: 6,931' (177% of 100-mile average)

High Point: TBD

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(#12) Mogollon Monster — Pine, AZ

Average Elevation: 6,731' (171% of 100-mile average)

High Point: TBD

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(#13) Bighorn — Sheridan, WY

Average Elevation: 6,662' (170% of 100-mile average)

High Point: TBD

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(#14) IMTUF — Burgdorf, ID

Average Elevation: 6,452' (164% of 100-mile average)

High Point: TBD

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(#15) Scout Mountain — Pocatello, ID

Average Elevation: 6,205' (158% of 100-mile average)

High Point: TBD

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(#16) San Diego — Lake Cuyamaca, CA

Average Elevation: 5,157' (131% of 100-mile average)

High Point: TBD

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