UltraRunning Magazine

Silverton Double Dirty 30: Determination and Perseverance

By Erin Fitzgerald and Megan Finnesy

In junior high school, I participated in a dance-a-thon to raise money for Autism. Despite tiring muscles and the constant threat of sweat stinging my eyes, I danced for 24 hours straight. Perhaps it was an early sign of my calling as an ultrarunner with a passion for giving back....

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Trail Running Magazine

Community-Service Crusader

By Holly Graubins

RACE DIRECTOR MEGAN FINNESY, 47, of Durango, Colorado, is equal parts benevolent and bodacious. She spent three long years working toward an event permit for an ultra trail race in the rugged San Juan Mountains. Through her perseverance, she finally received the permit for the Double Dirty 30 in Silverton, Colorado...

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I Run Far

WeRunFar Profile: Megan Finnesy

By Morgan Tilton

A sensational energy filled the air when Kyle Skaggs swiped the then-course record at the 2008 Hardrock 100. “Kyle blew the record out of the water. He came in at 23 hours, 23 minutes, and 30 seconds. We were all so pumped.

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7 Beginner-Friendly Ultramarathons

Your first ultra will be hard, but these races will make it just a bit easier

By Susan Lacke

There are no two ways about it: Your first ultramarathon is going to be tough. Really tough. Even on flat courses with soft trails, the body and mind take a beating while running 50 kilometres or more.

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Megan Finnesy, Race Director of the Dirty 30

Do you like to get Dirty on the trails?

By Megan Finnesy, Race Director of the Dirty 30

The Dirty 30 is one of the most iconic 50k's in the country, and one of our hometown favorites here in Colorado. In this podcast we chat with Megan about where her event came from, why it's just awesome, and why you should come out to join the Dirty 30 party!

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Top of the Town 2019

Sports, Outdoors & Fitness


There’s no easy entrée into ultrarunning. There is, however, a pretty place to start: Each June, Golden Gate Canyon State Park hosts a 50K route through aspen and pine forests and wildflower-filled meadows—a landscape so stunning it’ll help distract you from the 7,250 feet of elevation you’ll gain.

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Meet Trailblazer Megan Maureen Finnesy

How did you get to where you are today?


The Golden Gate Dirty 30 started at a time in my life when I was really struggling to find my path or what I was going to do for work or a career. I worked in several jobs that left me feeling dissatisfied, bored, and unfulfilled.

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Colorado-based Race Director Megan Finnesy has a unique specialty: She conceptualizes a handful of the most challengingmountain-ultra-trail running races in the country. A decade ago, Finnesy founded the infamously tough Golden Gate Dirty 30, an annual 31-mile race in Golden Gate Canyon State Park with 7,250 feet of vertical gain.

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