Kennebec Mountain Run

Date: 7/30/2016
Time: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: La Plata Canyon

lpcsar-logoThe Kennebec Mountain Run is a tough, scenic 15-mile trail run through the La Plata Mountains, just west of Durango in southwest Colorado. KMR is a perfect tune-up for the Imogene Pass Run, and a wonderful introduction to the La Platas!

Proceeds benefit La Plata County Search & Rescue.

We’re proud to announce that the KMR will be part of the 2016 Trail Runner Trophy Series!


Sign Up

  • Register online at RunSignup.
  • Entry Fees:
    • $40 (Feb 1 – May 31)
    • $50 (Jun 1 – Jul 29)
    • $5 OFF for current DRC members (automatically applied by RunSignup)
    • There is NO race day entry! This event WILL reach the USFS participant cap.
  • All participants must possess a Colorado Search & Rescue Card which may be purchased online, or on race day (with cash) for $3.
  • The KMR will take place upon authorization by the Columbine Ranger District for a Special Use Permit.

Course Info

The Kennebec Mountain Run alternates directions each year:

  • Clockwise during odd years (2015, 2017, etc.)
  • Counterclockwise during even years (2016, 2018, etc.)

Course Map & Elevation Profile

Click here for clockwise course map and elevation profile (odd years).

Click here for counterclockwise course map and elevation profile (even years).

Aid Stations

  • There are 3 aid stations:
    • Aid #1: The Fork (mile 4.3)
    • Aid #2 (odd, clockwise): The Notch (mile 7.2)
    • Aid #2 (even, counterclockwise): Columbus Basin (mile 6.3)
    • Aid #3: The Fork (mile 10.3)
  • Aid stations are stocked with water, Tailwind, fruit, salty/sugary snacks, and basic first-aid supplies.
  • While medical first-responders are present, response time may be impacted by rugged mountain terrain. Participants are ultimately responsible for any evacuation.


Event Info

Bib Pickup

  • Fri, Jul 29: Durango Running Company from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.
  • Sat, Jul 30: La Plata Campground (start/finish area) from 6:45 to 8:00 am.

Refund Policy

  • If you need to cancel your registration, we will provide a 50% refund until one week before race day; after that, no refunds.

Directions, Carpool & Parking

  • Driving from Durango (about 30 minutes):
    • Drive 11 miles west of Durango on US-160.
    • Turn north onto La Plata Canyon Road (CR 124) at the Kennebec Cafe.
    • Proceed 5 miles to Mayday (just beyond end of pavement).
  • IMPORTANT: Only vehicles carrying 3 or more persons may proceed the remaining 3 miles to La Plata Campground. ALL others must park at Mayday and either ride the 10-minute shuttle, or jump in with another driver to create a carpool. (Your best bet is to carpool from Durango!)
  • Vehicles parking at La Plata Campground must turn around and park on the southbound shoulder.
  • Do not obstruct traffic on CR 124 or access to La Plata Campground.
  • Please respect our parking marshals and help us stay in good favor with the USFS. You can contact the RD with any questions.


Parking Map (click to enlarge).

Start Area Detail Map (click to enlarge).


Start Times

  • The race begins at 8:00 am.
  • A quick briefing will take place 5 minutes prior to start.
  • Early start begins at 7:00 am. If you expect to need 5 or more hours to finish the 15-mile course, you may opt to start early. If you plan to start early, please email the RD.
  • NEW IN 2016: We will impose a STRICT cut-off time of 10:30 am at the 6.3 mile point, either Kennebec Pass (clockwise) or Cumberland Basin (counterclockwise). If you don’t think you can make the cut-off, please opt for the early start.

Awards & Post-Race

  • 1st place male and female each win a highly-coveted fresh baked pie!
  • We will also raffle off random prizes from our sponsors.
  • Food (wraps from Raider Ridge Cafe), drinks, short awards ceremony (around noon), and an opportunity to soak in the river if the weather is nice!
  • Shuttle will begin taking runners back to Mayday after the quick awards presentation.


  • Events like the Kennebec Mountain Run are impossible without volunteers. Thank you for generously donating your time!
  • If you, a friend or a family member are interested in volunteering before, during, or after the race, please contact the RD.



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Unfortunately the results from 2006-2010 and pre-2004 are missing.