The annual and extremely scenic 50-mile ultra race dubbed the “San Juan Solstice 50 Mile Run” will not be coming to the San Juan Mountains this summer.
Due to historic snowfall, hazardous trail conditions, and potential flooding dangers extending from mid-to-late June, the 2019 San Juan Solstice 50 Mile Run has been canceled, according to race officials.
Scheduled for Saturday, June 22, The San Juan Solstice 50 Mile Run was to feature a counter-clockwise loop consisting of five main sections with approximately 12,000’+ feet of elevation gain. The course altitude ranges from 8,671′ to 13,334 feet.
Registered runners are being given the option of rolling their 2019 registration over to next year’s race or receiving a partial refund. For more information, click here.
According to Hinsdale County, roadways are left covered in large amounts of avalanche debris including large rocks and trees dispersed into Henson Creek and the Lake Fork River. This avalanche activity through Lake City’s backcountry combined with annual runoff has sparked major concerns over debris blockage and flooding, calling for an official state of emergency in Hinsdale County.
While there are no evacuation orders in effect at this time, emergency warnings, evacuation plans and zones have all been established. Sandbags are also being filled and placed around the town of Lake City. According to a tweet from KDVR Reporter Evan Kruegel, 22,000 sandbags have been filled as of June 10. The town’s museum and other historical buildings have also taken precaution by clearing out the inside of their buildings.
–LAKE CITY UPDATE–
Officials will begin handing out sandbags to high-risk homes beginning at 9AM tomorrow. 22,000 sandbags have been filled so far. Officials tell me water levels have risen considerably over the weekend. @KDVR pic.twitter.com/cKCvR9V0ot
— Evan Kruegel (@EvanKruegel) June 10, 2019
Hidden Treasure Dam is also being removed to avoid a surge of debris impacting the community of Lake City. This historical dam dates back to the 1890s when both the Hidden Treasure and Hard Tack mines were in operation.
The openings of backcountry campgrounds and trails are expected to be delayed due to continued deep snow and avalanche debris, including the Alpine Loop.
The 2019 Hardrock Hundred Mile Endurance Race has also been canceled this year due to current trail conditions and safety concerns.
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