Run for Literacy is last hurrah

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— The Run for Literacy races this weekend will mark the end of the line for many local runners this season.

Most will walk away with the satisfaction of knowing they took part, but some will walk away with something more useful a new pair of shoes.

The top three runners in the Steamboat Springs Running Series this season will receive a $100 gift certificate to the Boulder Running Co. Enough to get a new pair of shoes and a pair of socks, race director Emily Conjura said.

Run for Literacy will be the final race in the 14-event 2001 Steamboat Springs Running series, drawing the curtain closed on the series for the summer.

The event features a 5K run, 5K race-walk and seven-mile run which will take place Sunday starting at the Sundance Plaza. Registration and preregistration package pickup will begin at 8:30 a.m.

The seven-mile race will start at 9:30 a.m. followed by the race-walk at 9:45 a.m. and the 5K run at 10 a.m. The Kinderhaus Tot Trot will take place at 11 a.m.

The race is being hosted by the Steamboat Pilot & Today with proceeds going to support the Newspapers in Education which provides newspapers and learning materials to school-age children in Routt County.

The cost to enter the race is $17 until Thursday. After Thursday, the cost will increase to $20. That entry includes a long sleeve T-shirt, random drawings and continental breakfast. There is also a no frills entry for $10, which does not include the T-shirt. Entries can be dropped off at the newspaper office located at 1901 Curve Plaza.

The event will mark the end of the summer-long series, in which many runners already have locks on titles.

Davis Miller is leading the point standings in the men's division with a score of 101. He is followed by Tom Nelson with 72 and Bill McCalla with 68. Paul Sachs (67) and Dan Miller (60) both have a shot at moving up in the final week.

Kathy Miller is leading on the women's side with 86 total points. She is followed by Conjura (59) in second and Barbara Jones (54) in third. Christina Vicinelli-Magill (44) and Tracey Tyson (41) round out the top-five.

"It's been a good series," Conjura said. "I took it on myself this summer and I think things ran pretty smoothly."

Conjura said she had 39 runners take part in the events this summer. Nine runners, including Kristia Check-Hill, Walter Magill, Bill McCalla, Kathy Miller, Alex Miller, Davis Miller, Dan Miller, Tom Nelson and Kent Wilson, competed in seven or more events which is the number needed to qualify for prizes.

Conjura said that number could climb to 14 with this weekend's race.

Conjura, Barbara Jones, Paul Sachs, John Thrasher and Christina Vicinelli-Magill all need just one more race to meet the seven-race requirement.

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