Mountain Madness races return to Steamboat |

Mountain Madness races return to Steamboat

Half-marathon, 10K races on tap for Sunday morning

Runners head down River Road alongside a surging Yampa River during the 2011 Mountain Madness half-marathon and 10-kilometer race in Steamboat Springs. The scenery will be a bit different Sunday, when the race returns. The river is but a trickle, but a large field again is expected.

— The Steamboat Springs Running Series kicks back into gear Sunday, launching what will be a consistent schedule that will include many of the series' most popular races.

The Mountain Madness event includes a half-marathon, which starts at 7:30 a.m., and a 10-kilometer race that starts at 8 a.m.

As much as any other series event, the Mountain Madness showcases the growth of the Running Series in recent years. Attendance has soared as the races have become a fixture on the Fourth of July weekend. The race comes well before the holiday this year, however, and organizer Scott Blair said he's unsure how the timing will affect participation. He said about 100 racers had preregistered as of Thursday. They have until 6 p.m. Saturday to log onto the series' website,, to register.

The half-marathon costs $30 and the 10K costs $25.

Registration also will be available the morning of the event. Registration fees include a T-shirt for at least the first 175 registered racers and a post-race spread from Steamboat sandwich shop Backcountry Provisions.

The course remains the same. Runners will be sent down River Road, along the trickling Yampa River. The half-marathon route will cut up into the Dakota Ridge subdivision, and both races return to town on the same stretch of River Road.

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The only small change this season involves the start and finish line, which will be nudged from the Howelsen Ice Arena parking lot slightly east to the city's Parks, Open Spaces and Recreational Services Department parking lot.

Parking at the start and finish line is limited, but it's an easy hike from downtown across the Yampa River via the Fifth Street Bridge, or from the rodeo grounds and Howelsen Hill area on the south side of the river.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253 or email

By the numbers

Number of race finishers, by year:

2002: 97

2003: 122

2004: 126

2005: 91

2006: 104

2007: 103

2008: 96

2009: 132

2010: 177

2011: 223

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