Wednesday, April 27, 2005
An overhaul to the registration process is the most notable change to the Steamboat Springs Running Series this season.
Racers competing in the popular summer series, which includes races in Hayden, Steamboat and Kremmling, will notice signing up is easier than ever.
"It's all about making it so there's more consistency in races and registration," race series director Heather Eller said. "It won't take anything away from the individual races. They are all great races."
Registration for all 13 races is open and will remain open through the season at Christy Sports and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, as well as online at www.active.com.
Registration for each race will close the Friday before the race is scheduled to be held. Most of the running series races are held on Saturdays or Sundays.
The cost for each race will be $20 if a racer registers in advance, and $25 on race day. Those prices include the post-race lunch and prize drawings. Otherwise, a no-frills fee is $15 for each race regardless of registration time.
New this summer is a $90 season pass that includes a T-shirt and entrance into six races of a person's choice, but people are free to register for as many races as they like.
"Registration is open for all races, and all races will have the same cost," Eller said. "There is a season pass, but it's not available yet."
This year's race schedule includes both short- and long-distance runs, as well as runs on trails and roads. The series begins May 7 with the Spirit Challenge and wraps up Sept. 18 with the Pilot Run for Literacy. Both are fund-raisers for education.
In addition, Eller is looking for an individual race director for the Spring Creek Memorial run up the Spring Creek trail, to be held June 25. Call Damian Wells at 870-0739.
Information about the individual races can be found at www.runningseries.com.