SILVERTON, Colo. (AP) — Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run, a 100-mile ultrarun through Colorado’s southwestern mountains, has been canceled because of this year’s heavy snowfall and avalanche debris. In an announcement Monday, race director Dale Garland said that conditions on much the San Juan Mountains course are uncertain.

While snow looked to be dropping to manageable levels in time for July’s race, Garland said that unprecedented avalanche debris and high levels in waterways helped lead to the decision to cancel what would have been the 26th run.

(credit: HardRock100.com)

The race was also called off in 2002 because of wildfires and in 1995 because of heavy late season snow.

Runners from around the world participate in the race over 13 mountain passes. They run through the night and finish in an average of around 41 hours. The course includes 66,050 feet of total elevation change.

“We understand that many people already have their plans finalized. With that in mind, we are looking at alternative activities to undertake for those individuals who are still planning to be in Silverton in July. Both our website and social media channels will be updated accordingly as those activities become finalized,” race organizers wrote on their Facebook page.

(© Copyright 2019 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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