Next 48 hours critical for Steamboat runner prepping for Marathon |

Next 48 hours critical for Steamboat runner prepping for Marathon

Last-days tips could make or break marathon

half-marathon and 10K races are at 7:30 a.m. Sunday. All races end at the Routt County Courthouse.

Traffic delayed

There will be traffic delays on Lincoln Avenue and detours on Routt County Road 129 on Sunday because of the Steamboat Marathon. There will be one lane of traffic in each direction on Lincoln Avenue downtown during the race from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. between Fifth and 11th streets. All of the sides streets in that span between Lincoln and Oak also will be closed. Traffic on C.R. 129/Elk River Road southbound will detour onto C.R. 44. Northbound traffic will not be affected. Traffic on 129 north of Cullen’s Corner to the start of the half marathon, at Moon Hill, will be controlled by a pilot car and long delays can be expected. The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association encourages people to walk, bike or use Steamboat Springs Transit.

Race information

Race packet pick-up and registration

■ Racer packets can be picked up from noon to 5 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Olympian Hall at the base of Howelsen Hill in downtown Steamboat Springs.

■ Registration is still available at packet pick-up.

■ On the day of the race, buses are only picking participants up downtown, and not at the Gondola Transit Center.

Where to watch

Most of the full and half-marathon will take place on Routt County Road 129, which goes north out of the west end Steamboat Springs. Much of the road will have traffic delays for the day, however, making it a bad place to watch the race. Better ideas include:

■ Downtown. All of the races finish in front of the old Routt County Courthouse on Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat Springs. The lawn in front of the courthouse will be buzzing all day with activity, including an 11:45 a.m. Honey Stinger Fun Run for children 5 years and older.

■ Cullen’s Corner. Routt County Road 44 offers a way around the mostly closed C.R. 129, and spectators can park at Cullen’s Corner, where 44 intersects with 129 and the Elk River. The road breaks left off of 129 1.5 miles north of the 129 and U.S. Highway 40 intersection, just past Steamboat Springs Airport.

Marathon schedule

■ Friday

Noon to 5 p.m. — Packet pick up at Howelsen Hill

■ Saturday

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Packet pick up at Howelsen Hill

■ Sunday

5:45 a.m.-6:30 a.m. — Transportation to the start of the full and half marathons.

7:30 a.m. — Start of the marathon, half marathon and 10-kilometer race

11:45 a.m. — Kid’s Fun Run

1 p.m. — Race courses closed