A run from the lush floor of the Wet Mountain Valley at 7,878’ up to the top of 13,060 ft. Hermit Pass in the awesome Sangre de Cristo Mountains and back makes for a remarkable marathon experience. This is the third running of this event, on its way to becoming a Colorado Classic, so be a part of Colorado running history. The Half Hermit course will go up to 10,000+ ft. and back, and the Lucky Hermit 13K will make a loop on the rolling valley floor, both with awesome views of the Wet Mountains.
Family and friends are welcome to enjoy a day at A Painted View Ranch, and the weekend in rural Westcliffe.
Proceeds from this event will go to benefit Club America WMV, Custer County’s community owned and operated nonprofit aquatics and fitness center, providing no cost/low cost fitness and swim programs for kids, seniors and veterans.
he Hermit Pass Marathon will start at A Painted View Ranch and follow Hermit Rd up to the summit of Hermit Pass and then return down the same route but once back on the county road portion, it will deviate north on to Ute Mesa Trail, to Pines Road and then to Kettle Lane and finish at A Painted View Ranch. Elevation gain for the first 11 miles is a gradual steady climb from 7,878 ft to 13,050 ft., approx, 5,072 ft.total. The closer the trail gets to the top of the pass, the more rocky and primitive and difficult it becomes. The run down Hermit Road is very tough. THIS IS A VERY DIFFICULT COURSE FOR WELL SEASONED AND PREPARED ATHLETES. The final 5 miles is on county gravel road with washboard and loose gravel, but beautiful views of the Valley floor and the Wet Mountains.
The Half Hermit (Half Marathon) will start at the same point, go up Hermit Road 6.55 miles and return to the starting point without any deviation in the route. The half marathon turn around is not at the top of the pass, but will turn around at about 10,350 ft. altitude on Hermit Road. THIS IS A MODERATELY DIFFICULT COURSE FOR WELL PREPARED ATHLETES.
The Lucky Hermit 13K (8.3 miles) will start at the same point, go up Hermit Road and turn north on to Ute Mesa Trail, to Pines Road, then to Kettle Land and back to Hermit Road, to the finish line at A Painted View Ranch. This is all dirt/gravel county roads with some washboard. The most elevation gain is about 1000’ ft at the beginning and then it becomes gently rolling as it makes the loop back around to the start. THIS IS AN EASY COURSE FOR ALL RUNNERS.