The 10,000 Feet feat

Two races give plenty of opportunity to labor on Labor Day weekend

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Bob Dapper has a confession to make.

Sunday's 10K at 10,000 Feet is more than a 10-kilometer event. If past participation is any indication, however, most runners are willing to leg out the extra distance for the opportunity to run through the Routt National Forest.

The 10K at 10,000 Feet is the 10th race in the Steamboat Springs Running Series and will start at 10 a.m. Sunday.

The 10K course begins near a parking lot and a U.S. Forest Service road off U.S. Highway 40 east of Steamboat Springs. It takes runners on single track and mountain roads with several ascents and descents.

To get to the starting line, cars or bikers turn at Dumont Lake and take a right at the T toward Rabbit Ears Monument, which leads to the start.

"One of the nicest things about this race is that it's a people's race," said Dapper, the race's organizer. "Everybody turns out for this race, even if it's the only one they do a year. I think part of it is the location, and it is challenging and it's on Labor Day weekend. It's a good weekend run before barbecuing yourself to death."

The 10K at 10,000 Feet, whose course runs near Steamboat's most famous landmark and within some of the most beautiful terrain in the area, is entering its 19th year.

But Sunday's race is just one of two Running Series races scheduled for Labor Day weekend.

The second is Oak Creek's Labor Day Run, scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Monday. Runners are asked to meet at the post office on Main Street in Oak Creek before walking the first quarter-mile up to the official start area.

Race participants will travel 2.5 miles on Routt County Road 25 before turning around on the gravel road and finishing at the post office. In addition to the five-mile run, a two-mile walk is available.

Race organizer Larry Brooks said the Oak Creek Labor Day Run is the perfect way for Routt County residents to kick off Monday's festivities in South Routt, which include a parade, skydivers and other family activities.

"We really try to get the locals out," Brooks said. "There is a lot going on after the race and we encourage runners to stick around. It's a fun day."

Registration for the Oak Creek Labor Day Run is available on race day only, at 8 a.m. in front of the Oak Creek Post Office. The cost is $10, which includes a T-shirt, or $5.

Registration for Sunday's 10K at 10,000 Feet is available until race day at either the Central Park Christy Sports or the SportStalker in Gondola Square for $17. The cost will be $20 on race day. Registration near the start line will run from 9 to 9:30 a.m.

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