- Start: Gould Community Center, Gould, Colorado
- Distance: 100km (65.3 miles & 14,450′) or 60km (38.5 & 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
- Registration Caps: 550 total (100km – 350; 60km – 200)
- Time Allowance: 100km – 24hrs; 60km – 15hrs
- 60km: Friday July 26, 2024, 5:30am
- 100km: Saturday July 27, 2024, 5:30am
All finishers in both the 100k and 60k will receive a unique award for finishing.
We acknowledge and respect those who experience their gender identity in ways outside of the traditional male/female dichotomy, and are trying our best to provide non-binary opportunities in both the registration and results to reflect that. For the purposes of overall and age-group awards, non-binary runners will be eligible in their birth gender pool.
There will be male/female overall and age group awards in the following categories:
Top 3 Overall
Top 3 Masters (40-49)
Top 3 Grandmasters (50+)
60km awards will be given out on a rolling basis on Friday as the top 3 from each category are compiled.
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 to the start/finish is located in Walden, approximately 25-30 minutes NW of Gould, aka 25-30 minutes past the start/finish if you’re heading in from Denver/Fort Collins on Highway 14. Remember to fill up before leaving.
Coming from the Denver/Fort Collins area, you will encounter gas available in Rustic at a small country store halfway up the canyon along Highway 14, but know those pumps close at 7pm. Otherwise, there is a small grocery store, two gas stations with 24hr pumps, and a handful of restaurants in Walden. There is also a small convenience store (no gas, just food) 2mi north of the race start/finish at the Cabins Gift Shop, which typically closes by 8pm.
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 each night.
If you did not order an on-site space when you registered for the race on UltraSignup, you can add-on camping as long as space is still available via the event store on UltraSignup. Otherwise, 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 west/north of Gould.
On-site car camping spots will be good for 1 car, truck or SUV. We do not have space for RVs/Trailers – if you intend to bring one, please book at another local campground. For those with camping reservations who wish to 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. State Forest State Park Cabins at Michigan Reservoir are about 15 minutes from the start. Everything with a roof books out very early. UPDATE FOR 2023: Never Summer Nordic is closed and its cabins/yurts will not be available for the 2023 season.
- State Forest Cabins
- Powderhorn Cabins
- Gould Cabins & Gift Shop – (970) 723-3750
- Howling Coyote Cabins – (970) 723-4025
- 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 course
Women: Addie Bracy; Longmont, Colorado (2018): 13:10:39
*Addie Bracy ran 11:53:36 in 2021 on a weather-shortened and altered course
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 course
Grandmasters Men (50+): Daniel Kono; Fort Collins, Colorado (2019): 14:41:16
Grandmasters Women: Cindy Stonesmith; Louisville, Colorado (2016): 16:25:51
Oldest Finisher: Ivan Rezucha; Fort Collins, Colorado (2023): 70, 22:19:27
Youngest Finisher: Eli Netel; Longmont, Colorado (2022): 19, 16:49:44
Men: Kyle Leto; Fort Collins, Colorado (2022): 06:05:23
Women: Gwen Rudy; Leadville, Colorado (2022): 07:12:45
Masters Men (40-49): Travis Engelbert; Boulder, Colorado (2023): 06:52:48
Masters Women: Joanna Masloski; Lone Tree, Colorado (2021): 08:30:14
Grandmasters Men (50+): Duncan Browne; Loveland, Colorado (2020): 08:36:52
Grandmasters Women: Susan Loken; Phoenix, Arizona (2023): 09:11:31
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)
Never Summer 100k Report – Andrea Risi (2023)
Never Summer 100k Report – Jack Breezley (2023)
Flatlanders vs. The Never Summer 100k (2023)
Never Summer 100k 2023 Photos by Preston Miller – Crew for Silas Thompson
Belief A Journey from Illness – Valerie Collins (2022)
Randy Shemanski – My Never Summer 100k Adventure (2021)
Randy Shemanski – My Experience At The 2021 Never Summer 100K – Video (2021)
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
Gnar Runners – A Recap of the 2020 Never Summer 100km & 60km
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
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)
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
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)
Josh Holer – 2015 Race Report
Lynn Hall – D.F.L. and Never Prouder (2015)
Gnar Runners – Never Summer 100km 2015 Wrap