That’s what the Imogene course does, following its tough route from Ouray to Telluride. Unlike the official race, there won’t be buses here, and in this socially distanced year, ride-sharing with strangers is a bad idea. Still, since registrants can “compete” in Imogene this year during a week-long window (September 4–12), if you choose to tackle this tougher course, you’ll find a way home.
There will probably be other unofficial courses in the area, and you can also create your own simply by registering for the race and running your 17.1 miles wherever you’d like, on road or off. But having these official Flagstaff courses makes this year’s virtual Imogene more like a race, since you and others who choose that course will all be covering the same trails.
And guess what? As a special bonus for Flagstaff’s virtual Imogene runners, Soulstice Publishing is giving away copies of our town’s celebration of Imogene, “To Imogene, a Flagstaff Love Letter,” specifically to people who turn in excellent and/or inspiring performances on local courses. We’ll also have special 17.1-mile stickers proclaiming “Flagstaff the Running Nation” (John Jett’s nickname for us).
Flagstaff always sends more runners to Imogene Pass each year than any other town, including any town in Colorado. Don’t let 2020 be the year that changes! Get registered, choose one of the official routes or set up your own course, and head for the high country and our very own Flagstaff virtual Imogene.
Julie Hammonds is coordinating editor of High Country Running and co-editor, with Myles Schrag, of “To Imogene, a Flagstaff Love Letter,” available at Soulstice Publishing.
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