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Uncle clyde’s run and slide

Your racer pulls his tube up the hill at the Uncle Clyde's Run and Slide

Most laps wins!…Oh, and it’s a relay race!

The beauty of Uncle Clyde’s Run & Slide is in its simplicity.  Teams complete as many up-down relay laps as they can on Purgatory’s tubing hill in 90 minutes.  It sounds ridiculous, possibly strenuous and undoubtedly fun.

Two Heats:

We have a 60-minute heat beginning at 11am and a 90-minute heat at 12 noon. The 60-minute heat is recommended for kids, families, and less competitive folks. The 90-minute heat is recommended for anyone who wants the full suffer-fest.

No elbow-throwing in the 60-minute heat. No elbow-throwing in the 90-minute heat either, but we will permit some friendly shake-n-bake.

Competition Categories:

Team up with your best buddy for this tag-team style race. We will have male, female, and coed divisions for adult teams, as well as race categories for kids and parent/child teams. Teams must consist of two people in order to compete, but we will also allow three-person teams (like mom plus two kids) if you are just out for fun, not prizes and glory.

Race Start60-Minute Race
90-Minutes Race
Checkin45 minutes before your race
Please be checked in no later than 15 minutes before your race starts
Check-in is located at the bottom of the Tubing Hill in the Columbine area.
RulesComplete as many laps as you can
1. Run up the tubing hill with a tube
2. Slide down
3. hand off to your partner
4. They’ll repeat steps 1-3
5. Only COMPLETED laps count
6. You must alternate laps with your teammate for the first 30 minutes.
PrizesWinning teams!
We will award prizes to winning teams in each race category, as well as prizes for costumes, team spirit, and best cheering section.
  • Clothing
    Wear a costume!

    It’s that kind of race. Also, All participants should wear appropriate layers & footwear for a cold-weather, outdoor athletic event. YakTrax are permitted but not required.

  • Included
    man carrying tube

    We will provide the tubes. No need to bring your own!

  • Just for Fun
    The Party
    run and slide race

    You know we’ll turn this into a party. We’ll be spinning tunes while you race, high-fiving you each time you pass through the transition area, and giving out cool prizes.

Safety First:

Before entering the tubing chute, please make sure that the chute is clear so you don’t crash into someone below you. Obey the instructions of the course marshals at all times. Failure to follow common-sense safety rules may result in disqualification.


Park in the Gelande lot (off Highway 550, about 600 yards before the entrance to the Resort).


It could snow. Or be 45 degrees and sunny. Either way, the race is on. The race director does reserve the right to cancel or modify the race if weather conditions make it unsafe

Sign up NOW!

Uncle Clyde's Run and Slide begins with racers battle to get in front of the pack

This event is limited to just 35
teams per heat, so sign up quick!

Note: Sign up ONCE per team.
Your teammate does NOT
have to sign up separately.

Race Course:

Matthew Krichman, events manager at Purgatory Resort, answers a few questions about the upcoming event:

Who is Uncle Clyde and why did you name this event after him?

Clyde is my dog, and I’ve always wanted to name a race after him because he’s an amazing runner.  And he’s a total goofball and loves the snow, so I thought this would be an appropriate event to put his name on.

How did you come up with the idea for Uncle Clyde’s Run & Slide?

At the Cardboard Derby last year,  I saw all the participants huffing and puffing as they dragged their derby racers up the hill, and I thought “Wouldn’t it be fun to watch people running laps on this hill with tubes?”

Who is this event geared towards?

Two different audiences: Endurance athletes who want to test their lungs and quads, and parent/kid teams and couples who just want to have a super fun time, be goofy, get some good exercise, and enjoy the excitement of the tubing hill.

What gear should participants bring with them?  

No gear required.  We provide the tubes.  All you need to bring is appropriate clothing and footwear, and of course a good attitude!

How should spectators dress? Participants?

Costumes! Other than that, it’s basically whatever you’re warm and comfortable in when exercising in the snow.

What can spectators expect to see at this event?  

This is a great spectator event because all of the action takes place right in front of you on the tubing hill.  We want lots of spectators at the base of the tubing hill cheering on the athletes as they pass through the transition area on each lap.

Will there be music or food at the event?

We’ll be spinning tunes to keep the runners and spectators pumped up, and roasting s’mores for everyone.

How are participants divided?

We have three open divisions for adults—men’s team, women’s team, and coed team.  The two other divisions are the parent/kid’s team and the kid’s team.

Do you expect the competition among endurance athletes will be fierce?

That’s the coolest thing about this event.  While lots of teams will be out there just to have a good time, I expect plenty will be really serious about winning.  After all, Durango is known for its endurance athletes, and since this is a first time event, someone is going to set a course record!

How will prizes be awarded? Can you give us a sneak peek of what prizes to expect?

Prizes will be awarded to winning teams in each division, plus prizes for costumes, enthusiasm, and best cheering section.

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