High Five 100
Lake City, Colorado
"We love ultra running, not for the medals, fame, snacks, or fancy race swag. We love ultra running for the beating it gives us, for that dark place it takes us where we face our demons, for the challenge of toeing the line and not knowing what that day will throw at us. We love ultra running because when you reach that finish line after 100 miles, you're a better person in almost every way than you were before. We love it for the beautiful places it takes us, both physically and mentally. We love that in a world full of control and comfort we stand the chance of failure in a challenge like this. We stand the risk of giving it all we have and it not quite being good enough. But with that risk also comes the hope of achieving something extraordinary."
what is the High Five 100?
100 Miles (160km)
40,000'+ (12,200m) of Elevation Gain
Five 14,000' (4200m) Peaks
In 2018, the local ultra runners of Lake City came together to create a challenge meant to shake even the most elite runners to their core. What we came up with is the "High Five 100". To complete this challenge, you must begin in Lake City and make your way on foot to 10 different "proof" points and 6 "Checkpoints". The 6 "checkpoints" are the only areas you're allowed to get aid from your crew or the drop bag you provide. The 10 "proof points" will only consist of some way of proving you actually arrived at that location, this will be disclosed the day before the challenge. The route you take between the checkpoints and proof points is totally up to you so long as they are hit in the proper order. For recognition of finishing the high five 100 you must arrive back in Lake City before the 48 hour cutoff. The most practical route between points is estimated to be between 90 and 105 miles with over 40000 ft of gain. If you complete this challenge you will summit 5 14ers along with traversing some of the most beautiful, rugged terrain the San Juans have to offer. We expect all runners to follow the wilderness regulations and have respect for the land we get to enjoy. We do not charge an entry fee. We do not mark a course. We do not have aid stations. You will not get a medal if you finish. This is not your standard 100 miler. This challenge is made for the runners that live a life actively seeking out that hard thing, the thing that they will obsess and destroy themselves over all in the name of finishing and achieving a goal that is seemingly impossible. Welcome to the "High five 100."
How to apply
If you are interested in our challenge you can apply through UltraSignup. Our ideal applicant should have extensive experience running TOUGH 100 mile mountain Ultras. Please include your race resume with your application. You will need to sell us on your ability to safely attempt our challenge, otherwise your application will be rejected after it's been reviewed. Registration opens January 1st and closes March 1st. After registration closes the committee will pick through all the applicants and come up with a starter list along with a waitlist. If you want to be considered for the HighFive100 you must have ran a previous mountain 100 miler. This is the link to the event on UltraSignup: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?eid=10346
We will look closely at the resume you submit with your ultrasignup application. We don't just pick the most talented runners to take on the HighFive. Beyond the minimum qualifications we look for people who have grit, mental toughness, a love for suffering, a positive attitude, strong ambassadors for our sport, and the ability to thrive in the most relentless terrain and weather. Even after all this, roughly one in three people finish and every one that has crossed that line agrees that it's the hardest physical challenge of their lives. Think long and hard before applying for this challenge.
*If it's determined we need more qualified applicants after the initial application window we may reopen registration.
August 12-14 2022 Lake City, Colorado
6:00 A.M. at the town park
"Difficulties are just things to overcome, after all.
We had seen God in His splendors, heard the text that Nature renders. We had reached the naked soul of man.”
― Ernest Shackleton