Steamboat Springs Emily Conjura is hoping that she can find 10 local runners with the desire to run from Idaho Springs to Glenwood Springs this fall as part of the Colorado Relay.
"At first there wasn't a lot of interest from local runners in this race," Conjura said. "But once I started talking to people about it and getting out there, I found a lot of folks who wanted to give it a try."
The 170-mile relay race will take place Sept. 15-16. Each of the runners on the team will trade off in roughly five-mile sections as the squad makes its way across the mountains of Colorado. The race goes all night and each runner will take on about three legs.
"This is our first year, so the idea is to finish with smiles," Conjura said.
Conjura currently has eight runners, including herself, who have expressed an interest in running on the Steamboat team, which would be entered in the co-ed division of the race.
Besides the co-ed division, the Colorado Relay includes an elite division, a corporate division and men's and women's divisions.
"We are still looking for a few good women," Conjura said. "We are full on the men's side, but we could use a couple more female runners."
Only three of the runners in the group, Conjura, Heather Eller and Barbara Jones, are women. The rest are men. That includes Kevin Anderson, Joe Frisch, Sean Meissner, Henry Guzman and Mark Jones. The only runner in the group from outside Steamboat is Guzman. He is from Boulder.
Conjura has been working to get the group together and is spearheading an effort to raise funds through sponsors.
"It just sounds like a lot of fun," Conjura said. "We are looking for support from the community to help raise the $500 entry fee."
Conjura, a network administrator at Colorado Mountain College and one of the directors of the Steamboat Springs Running Series, would also like to find sponsors to pay for things like T-shirts and other items needed for the race.
Conjura said the Steamboat runners will meet over the next month and a half for training runs and group trail runs.
Last year, a team called "Running With Out 02" won the elite class in a time of 18 hours and 2 minutes. They were followed by "Team Ellefson BCR" at 18:07:00 and "Is That Your Baton?" at 21:57:00.
Last year, 41 teams from around the state took part in the relay race. Conjura's team would be the first from Steamboat when it comes together in September. For more information log on to the Steamboat Running Series web site at www.steamboatrunningseries.com or at www.coloradorelay.com.
Female runners can also call Conjura at 870-4480 during the day if they are interested in running. The deadline for entering the race is July 31. But Conjura has already paid the money, and she fully expects the team to compete this year.
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