Wednesday, September 10, 2003
The Steamboat Springs Running Series enters its home stretch over the next two weekends with the final races of the summer wrapping up in Kremmling and Steamboat.
The Roadkill Trail Half Marathon, 10K and 5K is Saturday in Kremmling, and the 17th annual Run for Literacy is Sept. 21.
Each event coincides with a larger festival taking place in its respective community.
The Roadkill Half Marathon, 10K and 5K precedes the Roadkill Supper, held in Kremmling Town Square, while the Run for Literacy, sponsored by the Steamboat Pilot & Today, will be held on the same weekend as Steamboat's Brewfest.
The Roadkill Half Marathon and 10K runners will follow single- and double-track trails up to the cliffs overlooking Gore Canyon and Eaglesnest Wilder-ness Area near Kremmling. The half-marathon course then takes participants across Muddy Creek and into the backcountry surrounding Kremmling before returning to the finish line.
All races will end in Kremmling Town Square.
The 5K course extends from downtown Kremmling to Red Mountain. Walkers are welcome to participate in the 5K and 10K events. All races begin at noon.
The pre-registration cost for all races is $17, which includes a long-sleeved T-shirt. Race day registration is $20. Racers also are eligible for discounted dinner tickets to Saturday's Roadkill Supper if they sign up for the race and dinner at the same time.
The Roadkill Supper includes meat and vegetarian dishes plus live music and a beer garden.
The Run for Literary, a seven-mile or 5K race, is entering its 17th year as an event staged to help youths in Steamboat Springs. Organized and run by the Steamboat Pilot & Today, the Run for Literacy raises money for the Newspapers in Education program, which provides newspapers and learning materials to school-age children in Routt County.
"The Newspaper in Education program is an important component of our community," Pilot & Today editor Scott Stanford said. "It builds newspaper readers at a young age and enhances the civic-mindedness of our students."
This year's event has undergone a change, as race organizers moved it to a new location. Previously, the Run for Literacy began and ended at Sundance Plaza. This year, the race will begin at the Steamboat Pilot & Today building, cross the James Brown Bridge and follow Twentymile Road to the Fairview neighborhood. Runners will then climb to the limestone quarry on Howelsen Hill via Blackmer Drive before descending on a mostly single-track trail to Fairview and back to the newspaper via Twentymile Road.
The 5K run and racewalk will follow the Yampa River Core Trail from the Pilot & Today building to the Depot, where runners will begin the run back through Fairview and along Twentymile Road.
The seven-mile run will begin at 9:30 a.m. The 5K run and racewalk start is at 9:40 a.m.
"We think the new course will add excitement to the race," Stanford said. "The seven-mile run is a scenic run that offers all types of terrain including roadway, sidewalk, rocks and trail. There is a climb and a descent. We hope it can provide a new challenge for the last race of the running series."
Race winners will receive prizes, and drawings for door prizes also will be held.
The pre-registration fee is $17, which includes a T-shirt. A no-frills entry is available for $10. After Sept. 18, runners or racewalkers can enter for $20 or $12, respectively.
To register for the Roadkill Half Marathon, 10K or 5K races, call the Kremmling Chamber of Commerce at (970) 724-3472.
To register for the Run for Literacy either mail or drop off entry forms at the Steamboat Pilot & Today. Participants also can register online at www.runningseries.com. Call 879-1502 with questions.
-- To reach Melinda Mawdsley call 871-4208
or e-mail email@example.com