- Start: Gould Community Center, Gould, Colorado
- Distance: 100km (64.2 miles & 13,300′) or 60km (36.5 & 8,850′)
- Min/Max Elevation: 8,450′ / 11,852′
- Average Elevation: 10,220′
- Terrain: Trail, dirt road, rough trail, high alpine, rocks
- Fauna: Moose, elk, deer, black bears, bighorn sheep
- UTMB Points: 100km – 4 points; 60km – 3 points
- Registration Caps: 500 total (100km – 350; 60km – 150)
- Time Allowance: 100km – 24hrs; 60km – 15hrs
- 60km: Friday July 30, 2021, 5:30am
- 100km: Saturday July 31, 2021, 5:30am
We hope for close-to-normal conditions on race day, as related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Current race information reflects a normal year. Details may change as race day approaches, and any changes will be communicated to registered runners well in advance. For reference, here are the 2020 COVID Safety Protocols.
All finishers in both the 100k and 60k will receive a unique award for finishing. There will also be overall and age group awards for both genders in the following categories:
Top 3 Overall
Top 3 Masters (40-49)
Top 3 Grandmasters (50+)
100km awards will be held during the post-race breakfast at 10am Sunday morning. If any finishers need to leave before the awards breakfast, please check in with us at the finish to get your finisher award.
Travel & Accommodation
There is very limited lodging available in Gould, Colorado. Most cabins are “rustic” with limited facilities. If you want a place to stay in Gould with a bed and shower, we highly recommend making a reservation as early as possible. There are more than enough campsites in and around State Forest State Park for all participants and crews. Facilities range from full RV sites to free dispersed national forest camping.
Gas and Food
The closest gas station is located in Walden approximately 25-30 minutes west of Gould. Remember to fill up before leaving. There is gas available in Rustic at two small country stores on the way up the canyon but the pumps close at 7pm. Emergency gas (up to 5 gallons) is usually available from Never Summer Nordic near the main park entrance.
There are 2 small convenience stores 2mi & 4mi north of the race start/finish at the Cabins Gift Shop and Never Summer Nordic. Both close no later than 8pm. There is a small grocery store and restaurants in Walden. The newly (re)-opened Howling Coyote Roadhouse is located off Highway 14 in Gould a few miles west of the start/finish.
On-Site Camping at the Gould Community Center
To ensure that we have space for our volunteers and race staff and to adhere to our permit agreement, we can only offer a limited number of runner camping spaces. Late arrivals without a pre-ordered reservation will be turned away. Gates to the Community Center will be closed after packet pickup ends on Friday night.
If you did not order an on-site space when you registered for the race on UltraSignup, please see the local camping and lodging options below to make arrangements for race weekend. There are ample spaces in the immediate area that can be reserved in advance and additional first-come, first-serve dispersed camping areas on National Forest land south of Gould.
On-site car camping spots will be good for 1 car, truck or SUV (No RVs outside of key race staff, medical, and communications – RV spaces are available at other nearby campgrounds). For those with camping reservations who wish tent camp, areas are designated for primitive dispersed camping surrounding the community center. On-site campers may use the common fire pit, picnic table area and race port-a-johns. The community center building will be limited to race operations for the duration of the weekend. We ask that on-site campers bring their own water. Water can be refilled at the Moose Visitor Center, a half mile walk from the Community Center.
Local Cabins & Yurts
Cabins in Gould are just a few minutes down the road from the start/finish area. Never Summer Nordic has a growing number of yurts and cabins by the park entrance, in addition to yurts within the park further from the race start. They can also offer dispersed camping on their property by the main park entrance if you call and let them know you are running the race. State Forest State Park Cabins at Michigan Reservoir are about 15 minutes from the start. Everything with a roof books out very early.
- State Forest Cabins
- Never Summer Nordic Yurts
- Powderhorn Cabins
- Gould Cabins & Gift Shop – (970) 723-3750
- Other cabin/house rental in Gould, Rand & Walden (check AirBNB, VRBO, etc)
State Forest State Park campsites can be reserved in advance.
Ranger Lakes Campground is 2 miles down the road from the start/finish and offers RV hookups, bathrooms, and water. Bockman, Michigan Reservoir & Grass Creek Campgrounds are about 15 minutes from the start and offer pull through sites with bathrooms. There are water pumps located at Michigan Reservoir, Ranger Lakes, Bockman and Crags Campgrounds. There are also many additional reservable primitive campsites available in the park.
Once you are outside of the Gould town area, free dispersed camping is allowed most places in local National Forest. See the Parks Ranger District of the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Map for specifics on where camping is legal.
Hotels, Motels & Additional Cabin Options
Motel and hotel accommodations are available in Walden, 20 miles (25-30 minutes) west of the race start/finish.
There are also a number of cabin rental options 25-40 min away in Rand (south of Gould), or down the Poudre Canyon (east of Gould) towards Fort Collins in Kinikinik and Rustic:
- Sportsman’s Lodge (22 miles, ~25-30 minute drive to/from start). Mostly “rustic” cabins.
- Archer’s Poudre River Resort (33 miles ~35-40 minute drive to/from start). Many modern cabin options available.
- Glen Echo (34 miles ~35-40 min drive to/from start). Cabins, camping, restaurant, store & gas.
- Other cabin options in Rustic/Kinikinik/Rand/Walden.
Men: Hannes Gehring; Denver, Colorado (2019): 11:47:06
*Jon Rea ran 10:58:04 in 2020 on a shortened 61 mile course (vs. regular 64.2 miles)
Women: Addie Bracy; Longmont, Colorado (2018): 13:10:39
Masters Men (40-49): Seth Wealing; Boulder, Colorado (2019): 12:07:57
Masters Women: Tara Carter; Fort Collins, Colorado (2019): 16:07:57
*Wendy Stalnaker ran 15:45:05 in 2020 on a shortened 61 mile course (vs. regular 64.2 miles)
Grandmasters Men (50+): Daniel Kono; Fort Collins, Colorado (2019): 14:41:16
Grandmasters Women: Cindy Stonesmith; Louisville, Colorado (2016): 16:25:51
Oldest Finisher: Joe Burleson; Erie, Colorado (2017): 67, 23:12:19
Youngest Finisher: Julian Cazares; Federal Heights, Colorado (2017): 20, 18:06:16
Photos & Reports
2020 Race Photos from Erin Bibeau (American Lakes), Teal Wyckoff (North Diamond) & Terry Grenwelge (Clear Lake / Kelly Lake)
2016 Race Photos from Erin Bibeau Photography (Agnes, Finish)
Adam Casey – Like A Bigfoot Podcast #215 (2020)
Jodi Semonell & Scott Ramey – Tales from the Trails Podcast 9/13/2020
Brandon Cooper – Never Summer 100K 2020 Race Report
Meredith Kaufman – Never Summer 100K 2020 Race Report
Gnar Runners – A Recap of the 2020 Never Summer 100km & 60km
Brandon Cooper – Never Summer 100K 2019 Race Report
Jeff Black – Never Summer 100K 2019 Race Report
Gnar Runners – The 4th Running of the Never Summer 100k is a Wrap
Gnar Runners – A Recap of the 2020 Never Summer 100km & 60km
Julia Thorn – An Aussie’s Perspective (2017)
Kristin Gablehouse – What a Difference a Year Makes (2017)
Martin Schneekloth – 2017 Race Report (with awesome pics)
Tim Barr – Getting Lost in the Never Summer Mountains (2017)
Andrew Rose – 2017 Race Report
Steph Whitmore – 2017 Race Report
Gnar Runners – Never Summer 2017 Post-Race Wrap
Syd Long – Never a Dull Moment at the Never Summer 100K (2016 in UltraRunning Magazine)
The Coloradoan – Ultrarunners Ready for Challenging Never Summer 100K (2016)
Heidi Kumm – The People of the Never Summer 100K (2016)
Jeff Mogaverio – 2016 Race Report
Chris Price – 2016 Race Report
Gabe Joyes – Limping to the Start, Sprinting to the Finish (2016)
Larry Creveling – 2016 Race Report
Steve Clemons – Finding My Crawl (2016)
Gnar Runners – Never Summer 2016 Post-Race Wrap
Denver Post – Running Wild in State Forest State Park (2015)
The Coloradoan – Never Summer 100K Shows What Body, Mind Capable Of (2015)
Ben Barthel – A Day in the Never Summer Mountains (2015)
Josh Holer – 2015 Race Report
Lynn Hall – D.F.L. and Never Prouder (2015)
Gnar Runners – Never Summer 100km 2015 Wrap