Drain your Batteries

Races with the highest percentage of Darkness.

 

Running at night is a whole different ballgame. You’re tired, the race has thinned out, and your world is limited to a 3’ x 3’ splash of headlamp on the ground. With any luck, your pacer still has their wits about them and sleep monster hasn’t bitten too hard.

These races have the highest percentage of darkness over the course of a day. Latitude, longitude, time of year — a few factors come into play.

Rank Race Location Sunrise Sunset Day-time Night-time % Day-time % Night-time
1 Orcas Island Orcas Island, WA 07:34 17:32 9:28 14:32 39.4% 60.6%
2 Tunnel Hill TBD, IL 06:30 16:50 10:20 13:40 43.1% 56.9%
3 Brazos Bend TBD, TX 07:06 17:26 10:20 13:40 43.1% 56.9%
4 Rio Del Lago TBD, CA 06:34 17:04 10:30 13:30 43.8% 56.2%
5 Rocky Raccoon TBD, TX 07:14 17:59 10:45 13:15 44.8% 55.2%
6 Pinhoti TBD, AL 06:06 16:53 10:47 13:13 44.9% 55.1%
7 Javelina Jundred TBD, AZ 06:41 17:39 10:58 13:02 45.7% 54.3%
8 HURT Honolulu, HI 07:12 18:13 11:01 12:59 45.9% 54.1%
9 Uwharrie TBD, NC 07:31 18:40 11:09 12:51 46.5% 53.5%
10 Indiana Trail TBD, IN 07:52 19:06 11:14 12:46 46.8% 53.2%
 

 

(#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 and should 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: 13,086’

A close, close second.

 

(#3) Ouray — Ouray, CO

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

High Point: 13,369’

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(#4) Leadville — Leadville, CO

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

High Point: 12,920

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

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

High Point: 10,585’

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(#6) Wyoming Range — Jackson, WY

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

High Point: 11,255’

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(#7) Bryce Canyon — Hatch, UT

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

High Point: 9,396’

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

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

High Point: 9,005’

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(#9) wasatch Front — Kaysville, UT

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

High Point: 10,454’

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(#10) Bear — LOgan, UT

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

High Point: 9,044’

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(#11) Palisades — Irwin, ID

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

High Point: 9,491’

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(#12) Mogollon Monster — Pine, AZ

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

High Point: 7,893’

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(#13) Bighorn — Sheridan, WY

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

High Point: 9,339’

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(#14) IMTUF — Burgdorf, ID

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

High Point: 8,100’

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(#15) Scout Mountain — Pocatello, ID

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

High Point: 8,690’

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(#16) San Diego — Lake Cuyamaca, CA

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

High Point: 6,088’

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