Join the Mile High Club

Races with an average elevation above 5,280 Feet.

 

Prefer to run where oxygen is expensive? These races, all with an average elevation above 5,280 feet, are for you. Colorado claims the top five spots, followed by races in Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, Idaho and Arizona. California earns an honorable mention with the San Diego 100, which sits at 0.98 miles above sea level.

The average elevation for all North American 100-milers is 3,926 feet — just shy of 0.75 miles of vertical.

Rank Race Location Avg. Elevation (Ft.) Avg. Elevation (Mi.)
1 Hardrock Silverton, CO 10,974 2.08
2 High Lonesome Ouray, CO 10,439 1.98
3 Ouray Ouray, CO 10,187 1.93
4 Leadville Leadville, CO 10,097 1.91
5 Run Rabbit Run Steamboat Springs, CO 9,035 1.71
6 Wyoming Range Jackson, WY 8,862 1.68
7 Bryce Canyon Hatch, UT 8,361 1.58
8 Tahoe Rim Trail Carson City, NV 8,006 1.52
9 Wasatch Front Kaysville, UT 7,819 1.48
10 The Bear Logan, UT 7,315 1.39
11 Palisades Irwin, ID 6,931 1.31
12 Mogollon Monster Pine, AZ 6,731 1.27
13 Bighorn Sheridan, WY 6,662 1.26
14 IMTUF Burgdorf, ID 6,453 1.22
15 Scout Mountain Pocatello, ID 6,205 1.18
16 San Diego Lake Cuyamaca, CA 5,157 0.98
 

 

(#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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