Half-marathon coincides with balloon launch

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— Race organizer Susie Pace is expecting about 150 runners to show up for the 23rd running of the Mountain Madness Half Marathon this Sunday.

"Most people show up and register the day of the races," Pace said. "So it's hard to say exactly how many we are going to have for sure."

The race events will include the half marathon, which takes runners out River Road, through the Dakota Ridge subdivision and back to Howelsen Hill. The entire course covers a little more than 13 miles. There will also be a 10-kilometer event and a two-mile fun run as well.

The half marathon and 10K will begin at 8 a.m. in front of the Howelsen Hill tennis courts. The fun run is scheduled to take off at 8:15 a.m. Pace said organizers will be up early that

morning, with race-day

registration starting at

7 a.m.

Pace said runners can register for the event through Saturday at Christy Sports for $15. The entry fee includes the race, a T-shirt and snack food and prizes at a post-race awards ceremony. Runners who wait until Sunday to register will pay $17 for the same entry.

The Mountain Madness Half Marathon is the longest running foot race held in Steamboat Springs. The race always takes place on Rainbow Weekend and allows runners to enjoy the stunning views of the annual launch while they are running.

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