Runners race over 13,114 feet |

Runners race over 13,114 feet

Allen Best

The event began when an accomplished long-distance runner who had returned to Ouray to work at Camp Bird, a gold mine, joined with friends to run across 13,114-foot Imogene Pass.

The tradition has continued, notes The Telluride Watch (Aug. 29), with more than 1,500 participants now running, and walking and so forth on the 17.1-mile course from Ouray, across the pass, and down into the main street of Telluride.

More than a 100 runners are from the Telluride area, but larger numbers come from Denver, Boulder and, most of all, from Flagstaff, Arizona.

Environmentalists blast highway

WHISTLER, B.C. – Environmental critics of the $600 million upgrade of the Sea to Sky Highway have issued a pair of reports that say the provincial government failed to look for innovative solutions to the region’s transportation problems.

Instead, say the critics, the government adopted status-quo highway expansion that will “eventually lead to increased congestion, air and noise pollution and unplanned development that harm the livability of the region.”

The group, called Better Environmentally Sound Transportation. argues that HOV (high-occupancy vehicle) lanes, and encouraging communities to develop more jobs where people live, will help reduce the need for a new highway, reports the Whistler Question (Aug. 28).

The group, known by its acronym BEST, also criticizes the government’s underlying assumption for why mass transit would fail. Mass transit always requires subsidies, and hence those being asked if they would use the various mass transit options – such as a mass-transit ferry – should have been asked at what cost they would use mass transit.

Colorado Trail running record set

DURANGO, Colo. – A new record for the 468-mile Colorado Trail has been set. Hal Korner, who lives in metropolitan Denver, trotted into Durango after 9 days, 10 hours and 19 minutes.

He started out with a companion, Ian Torrence, of Moab, but Torrence developed knee problems that set back the pair about a day until Korner finally set out on his own, reports the Durango Telegraph (Sept. 12).

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