This year’s Hardrock Hundred Mile Endurance Run in Colorado’s San Juan range of the Colorado Rockies was in danger of cancellation due to forest fires in the area, but officials announced Monday the race has been given the green light to go ahead on July 20 to 22. 

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The looped course, which features more than 20,000m of elevation change and 13 ascents above 3,700m of altitude, switches direction every year, and this year’s race will be run in a clockwise direction. The cutoff time is 48 hours. As with some other exceptionally difficult trail ultras, the Hardrock is described as “graduate level,” and runners must qualify with a previously-approved race. 

The drought-stricken area suffered major forest fires fuelled by strong winds earlier in the month, with more than 800 homes evacuated. 

Fires caused the cancellation of the race back in 2002. It was also cancelled in 1995 due to excessively snowy conditions.

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