Thursday, September 18, 2003
The Steamboat Springs Running Series concludes Sunday with the Steamboat Pilot & Today Run for Literacy, a seven-mile run and a 5K run or race-walk.
The First Impressions Tot Trot for children 8 years old and younger also will be held Sunday morning.
The events begin and end at the Steamboat Pilot & Today office at 1901 Curve Plaza.
The Pilot & Today Run for Literacy is entering its 17th season, and all proceeds from the event support the Newspapers in Education program, which provides newspapers and learning materials to school-age children in Routt County.
"The Newspapers in Education program is an important component of our community," Pilot & Today editor Scott Stanford said.
The $20 entry fee for the seven-mile and 5K events includes a T-shirt. A no-frills entry is available for $12.
People interested in registering can pick up a registration form today at the Steamboat Pilot & Today or sign up at 8:30 a.m. on race day at the newspaper offices.
In previous years, the Run for Literacy started and finished at Sundance Plaza. This year, the races will begin and end at the Pilot & Today building and use the Yampa River Core Trail and Emerald Mountain.
Runners entered in the seven-mile race will follow 13th Street to the Fairview neighborhood. Runners will leave paved roads and ascend to the quarry on Emerald Mountain by dirt road before descending to the Fairview neighborhood on single-track trails.
Runners will return to the start/finish area via 13th Street.
Participants in the 5K run or race-walk will run out 13th Street, enter the Fairview neighborhood on Evans Street and exit it on Gilpin. At the Depot, they will turn left on the Yampa River Core Trail and follow it back to the Pilot & Today building. Registration and pre-registration package pick-up is from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. Sunday.
The 7-mile run begins at 9:30 a.m. The 5K run and race-walk begins 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."
The First Impressions Tot Trot is free and begins at 10:45 a.m. for children 8 and younger. Children are only asked to bring saved pennies for the "I Cent a Student to College" program.
Children will run on the sidewalk circling the Pilot & Today building for about one-third of a mile.
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