10K race at 10,000 feet on Sunday

Race begins near Dumont Lake on Rabbit Ears Pass

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After 18 years of lining a racecourse, one might think that Bob Dapper would tire of the task. That is, until one learns that the racecourse he lines annually is on single-track trails and rustic mountain roads atop Rabbit Ears Pass.

"It's gorgeous," Dapper said.

This Sunday's 20th annual10K at 10,000 feet is the 11th race in the Steamboat Springs Running Series and has become a Labor Day tradition for athletes living in or visiting Routt County for the holiday weekend.

Runners will start near the Rabbit Ears monument at Dumont Lake and head west down a canal through trees, meadows and across streams before returning on a U.S. Forest Service road to the start/finish area.

The race is slightly longer than 10 kilometers, Dapper said, because race organizers from Christy Sports, SportStalker and Powdertools opted to return to the historical course several years ago.

Dapper said he and a crew went up with chainsaws Thursday, expecting to have to clear the course before lining it for Sunday's race.

"The Forest Service did a terrific job clearing the trail because it's subject to blowdown," Dapper said. "Runners will be thrilled with the condition of the course."

The 10K at 10,000 feet race starts at 10 a.m. Sunday. People interested in walking the course will start at 10:05 a.m.

The later start gives the temperatures time to climb for the runners, but people should be prepared for possible inclement weather at elevation.

Registration for those not already signed up begins at 9 a.m. in the parking lot near the start line. The cost to enter is $25, which includes a T-shirt and prizes at the race's conclusion.

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

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