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Locals 2012: Cara Marrs

Cara Marrs

You don't have to hide behind the bakery racks, shuffle cookies to the bottom of the cart or slide ice cream to the cashier like a CIA agent swapping national secrets.

Cara Marrs has seen it all, and she'll happily relate the benefits of healthy living to anyone willing to listen, as she does on a regular basis in her career as a dietitian. But she's not in the business of looking into your shopping cart.

"I don't try to stick my nose in people's business," she says. "Unless you seek me out."

That said, she'd definitely like to help.

Healthy living never was a choice, Cara, 42, says. In fact, much of her life today, with her husband, Dave, and 8-month-old son, Max, has its roots in her youth.

She grew up in a resort community on Hilton Head Island on the South Carolina coast. She moved to Fort Collins for school and eventually to Steamboat Springs, which she found even more comfortable than most newcomers thanks to the lifestyle similarities with her childhood home.

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"It's fun to constantly have an influx of new people," she says. "I'd like to live in a resort the rest of my life. It's not putting up with it for me. I love it."

Like life in Steamboat, life on the coast lent itself to healthy eating and plenty of physical activity. She certainly has no problems staying physically active in Steamboat. Cara was involved early in the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's Telemark program and helped coach that bunch until her son, Max, was born.

And she runs, which might be her largest contribution to the community. Running is a natural extension of everything else she does. She's been the director of the Steamboat Springs Running Series for four summers, and her aggressive, inclusive management has helped grow the series' events from local get-togethers to widely respected, highly attended races.

"There are people in there competing but also first-timers just trying to get in shape," Cara says. "We've created a nice atmosphere. Exercise can save people's lives — not just physically but mentally, too."

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