10K at 10,000 set for Sunday

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What: 10K at 10,000 race

When: 10 a.m. Sunday

Where: Stone monument about a mile off U.S. Highway 40, on Dumont Lake road at the top of Rabbit Ears Pass

— For the record, Sunday's 10K at 10,000 trail running race was not bumped ahead one week. Race director Chuck O'Connell said he was going to show up at the Dumont Lake parking lot to start Sunday's Steamboat Springs Running Series event, no matter who else was there with him.

Because of a clerical mistake, he almost made the drive alone.

The race always is on the Sunday before Labor Day, so the advertisements, posters and Web sites that all proclaimed the race to be the Sunday after Labor Day were wrong.

"When they did the calendar last year, they made the assumption it was going to be Sept. 8," O'Connell said. "We've always been planning for it to be this weekend."

The mistake wasn't realized until Wednesday. O'Connell said it's fortunate that many local runners and volunteers know the race always is associated with Labor Day, so he wasn't likely to be alone at the top of Rabbit Ears Pass. The gaffe left Running Series administrators scrambling, however. The www.runningseries.com site quickly was updated, and all participants who already had registered were contacted.

"It threw us into a panic for a bit," O'Connell said.

All is well now, though, and O'Connell said he expects another strong turnout for what has become one of the favorite races of the summer-long Steamboat series.

The run begins at 10 a.m. Sunday at the stone monument about a mile off U.S. Highway 40, on Dumont Lake road at the top of Rabbit Ears Pass.

Racers will make a loop on the trails in the area, finishing back near the monument after 10 kilometers.

"It's a unique race because it is nearly all above 10,000 feet," O'Connell said. "They'll feel it a little bit. For those of us that live up here (in Steamboat), going up that extra 3,000 feet is significant. For those coming in from Denver or the Front Range, they'll really feel it."

O'Connell said he expects about 100 runners for the event.

- To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 871-4253 or e-mail jreichenberger@steamboatpilot.com

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