Snow doesn’t slow Steamboat Sneak runners
October 8, 2011
Steamboat Springs — See full results from the race here.
Organizers for the second annual Steamboat Sneak running race admitted there were a few moments Saturday morning in which they worried about the attendance at the event.
The worry was brief, organizers insist. It lasted about as long as it took to remember this was Steamboat Springs, a town as dedicated to outdoor activities in adverse weather as any could be.
"You never worry in Steamboat," organizer Cristina Magill said.
The first race in the Steamboat Springs Winter Running Series included 5- and 10-kilometer runs, a 400-meter fun run and a raffle loaded with prizes from local businesses.
A couple of running races and a giant pile of free stuff? Steamboat proved again Saturday that it's not just any other town, and freezing temperatures and consistent snow did little to stem the tide.
More than 300 people showed up for the event, which was a fundraiser for the two public Steamboat Springs elementary schools. They bundled up, sure, but runners of all ages and speeds took part, marking a second successful year for the races.
Some of the city's top distance runners tackled the 10-kilometer course. The Steamboat Springs High School cross-country team led the way in the 5-kilometer course, followed by families paced by young children pushing their distance-running limit.
And the youngest of runners participated in the 400-meter run, one lap around the track highlighted by bundled-up 4-year-olds doing their best to finish.
"It turned out better than we could have imagined," organizer Summer Johnston said.
Asher Rohde won the 5K, finishing in 18 minutes and 1 second, ahead of Scott Powers
in second at 18:35 and Greg Long in third at 18:58. Andy Picking, meanwhile, won the 10K in 39:35. Eddie Rogers was second at 39:36, and Jim Barker was third in 42:32.
For so many, though, Saturday's races weren't about times or places. Claire Shea, 3, finished the 5K, along with 88 racers 18 or younger.
Austin Ibarra, 8, was one of those 5K finishers. His father, George Ibarra, went step for step with his son and was proud the Strawberry Park third-grader ran the majority of the distance.
Austin covered 3.1 miles, and he did it on a cold day as the snow was falling.
He summed it up like a true runner.
"It was good. It was fun," he said. "The hardest part was the hills."
— To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253 or email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com
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