Race for a cause

Spring Creek Memorial is fifth in running series

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The Steamboat Springs Running Series resumes this weekend with the 13th annual Spring Creek Memorial.

The race on one of Routt County's most popular trails was created in memory of Patty Brenner Hagberg, who was struck and killed by a truck in 1991 on the lower portion of the trail.

Race organizer Chris Young was a friend of Brenner Hagberg's and said funds raised from Saturday's race will go toward continued improvements and beautification efforts on the trail.

The Spring Creek Memorial is a 9-mile run and 5K run/walk. The 9-mile run starts at 8 a.m. near Spring Creek Reservoir. The 5K run/walk begins at 8:30 a.m. A fun run around the reservoir begins at 9 a.m.

The $20 registration fee will cover a long-sleeved T-shirt, a prize drawing and post-race brunch catered by Winona's. Pre-registration is available at Christy Sports in Central Park Plaza. Race-day registration begins at 7 a.m. at the start/finish area.

The Spring Creek Trailhead, off Amethyst Drive, was created in the early 1990s, but the upper portions of the trail were used as far back as the early 20th century when they served as freight routes from Laramie, Wyo.

"For me, the most unusual part of the trail is the 'elevator shaft' that people essentially have to scale," Young said.

The 9-mile run is a challenging, uphill-out and downhill-back course that takes runners up the old stage route to Buffalo Pass and on to Dry Lake.

Young said it is important for runners to pay attention to the flags and directions, particularly near the top of the run. On race day, property owner Sonny Petrie graciously sets up an aid station and allows the runners to traverse his land, which typically is closed to the public. Young said she is appreciative of Petrie's cooperation with the race.

The 5K course follows Spring Creek Trail out and back.

Those not interested in racing who would like to donate the Spring Creek Memorial can do so on the morning of the race, as well.

The Spring Creek Memorial is the fifth in the 14- race series.

-- To reach Melinda Mawdsley call 871-4208 or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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