29 June 2011

24 Hours of Towers Update 1

30 July 2011  7:00 AM
Soderberg Trailhead in Horsetooth Mountain Park
Fort Collins, CO

You all hoped we forgot, didn't you.  You should know better than that by now.  24 Hours of Towers is still alive and kicking.  Can you think of a better way to spend a Saturday?  An entire Saturday.

We have previously stated our goal was to have fun, and it still is.  Being a little competitive though, we did notice a couple collective total benchmarks our friends to the south set one April day on Mt. Sanitas.
  • 34 Runners
  • 240 Summits
  • 745 Miles run
  • 325,440 vertical feet
It will be fun to see if we can meet or exceed those numbers.  The first should be easy as we've had nearly that many runners out on a single Thursday evening run up Towers and over 100 different people over the last year.  745 miles can be beat with 107 round trips.  That's very doable.  The vert is going to be tougher, it will take 192 round trips to beat that total.  And that is why we need everyone to come out, even to run one lap.  They will all count towards our total.

To help people set goals we've come up with some ideas to help you out.
  • The Birthday - Run your age in miles worth of laps.
  • The Starry Night- Run laps all night, starting Sunday night at dusk.  With a new moon that night there will be stars-o-plenty to guide your way.  Slap on some glow bracelets and have fun.
  • The Solo- Run one lap up and down.  7 miles and 1700 vertical feet. 
  • The FCTR Twelve Pack - If a Baker's Dozen is 13 then a FCTR 12'er has 14 beers.  2 Laps is 14 miles and 3400 vertical feet.  That's a run worthy of a beer or two.
  • The Cool Dude - One a lap Sat morning, another Saturday evening when it's cool, and a third Sunday morning, timed to finish at breakfast time (7 AM).  Three laps is 21 miles and 5100 feet of vert, nearly a mile, all in cool weather.  
  • The Ultra - 4 laps will give you 28 miles (6800 feet of vert), that's an ultramarathon, and tougher than some 50Ks.  Bonus, we have a generous 24 hour cut off. 
  • The Pikes Peak Plus - 5 laps 35 miles with 8500 feet of vertical gain.  Pike's Peak marathon is only 26.2 miles and less than 8000 feet of vert.  
  • The Meaning of Life - Run 6 laps and you'll have traveled 42 miles (and 10,200 feet of vertical gain).  If you don't find the meaning of life in your 42nd mile you're free to keep running.  
  • The Nearly Jemez - 7 laps will leave your GPS reading 49 miles and 11,900 feet of vertical gain.  We know you couldn't sleep at night being so close to the 50 miles and 12,000 feet of vert at the Jemez 50 so we won't judge you when you run out a half mile and back to get the Garmin to turn over to 50.
  • The Vermont - 9 laps is 15,300 feet of vertical gain, that's what you get in the Vermont 100.  
  • The Leadville - 10 laps will give you 17,000 feet of vert (70 miles), roughly the vert in the Leadville Trail 100.  It saves you 30 miles though!
  • The Western - 11 laps is 18700 feet of vert (77 miles), a touch more than the Western States 100 has.
  • The Wasatch - 16 laps will give you a respectable 112 miles and 27,200 feet of vert which is just a bit over the 26,900 ft of vert found in the Wastach 100.  With 12 extra miles take solace in the overall grade being less here.
  • Mr. October - Nick says he thinks 19 laps is possible.  That's 133 miles and over 32,000 vertical feet.
  • The Hardrock - 20 laps would be 140 miles and 34000 feet of vert, basically the vert in the Hardrock 100.  
24 Hours of Towers FAQ

Can I run as part of a team?
  Of course you can.  If you each do 4 laps you can even call it an Ultra Team.

Do I have to run for 24 hours straight?
  Of course not.  Run when you want.  Stop when you want.  Eat when you want.  Drink beer when you want.  You don't even need to start at 7:00 AM if you don't want to.  

Should I be done by 7:00 AM on Sunday?
  If you want to join us for a big campstove breakfast you should.

Do I need to sign up or register?
  No.  This is not a race, just a bunch of trail runners getting together.  We'll have a log at the start/finish campsite, I54, where you can record what you ran.

Will there be other things to do besides run?
  Of course.  We anticipate a crowd at the campground during the day and hopefully into the night.  There is even rumor of a boat or two being around for the day.  If the usual FCTR shenanigans aren't occuring at basecamp I'll be disappointed. 

Where should I park?
  The best place to park will be the Soderberg Trailhead.  There's a $7 daily fee to park there if you don't have a Larimer county park pass.  The gate to the trailhead does close sometime in the evening though the park remains open, I will get the specifics and post them at a later date.


  1. Awesome Brian. I can't wait. I am going to run Towers as much as possible between now and 7/30 to prepare. I am certain we can break all the goals that you listed and going to put myself out there and set my goal on the Leadville.

  2. LOVE all the choices!! I think I'll be doing the Starry Night since I have to work all day on Saturday. I plan on driving straight to 24HOT as soon as I get off work at 6pm. Save me some glow bracelets and partake in various FCTR shenanigans during the day for me!!

  3. My wife and I, newly transplanted to Boulder from the east coast, decided to take a day and go run up in Fort Collins for the first time. We're signed up for the Blue Sky Marathon and wanted to check out the course. We started out a little later on Saturday and the run we did went up your infamous 'Towers' (that I knew nothing about beforehand!).

    'Twas strange to see so many runners out running, and people with encouraging "Good Job's" all around. I thought 'Wow these Fort Collins people are nothing like what I'd heard from the Boulderites!' -- Then we got back to the parking lot and I saw an irunfar and hardrock 100 bumper sticker and I knew something was up. My wife talked to someone who said that a bunch of you crazies were running up and down that thing for 24 hours! Wish I would have known before hand!

    In any case, awesome to kinda run with some of you nice folks, even though we didn't know it at the time. Thanks for the 'good job's' even though we only did ~7mi!

    Perhaps we'll see some of you guys in a '24hrs of Mt. Sanitas' or 'Bear Baggin'

  4. Rob, we're glad you signed up for Blue Sky. I have it on good authority it's a well run event. ;-)