Mountain Madness offers new course, challenges


Past Event

Mountain Madness half marathon and 10K

  • Sunday, July 6, 2008, 8 a.m.
  • Howelsen Hill, 845 Howelsen Parkway, Steamboat Springs
  • Not available / Free - $20


— Steamboat Springs runners might have had all the miles and competition they could handle in last month's Steamboat Marathon, a 1,656-runner event that also featured a 13-mile half marathon and a 10-kilometer race.

But Sunday's Mountain Madness race, another event in the Steamboat Springs Running Series, again will offer runners the chance to stretch their miles out, featuring a half marathon and another 10K race.

Mountain Madness director John Chapman was quick to warn, however: don't for a second think the two events share much in common.

"Mountain Madness is just your very neat, very townie kind of race," Chapman said. "It's a very low-key event."

Even if Sunday's race doesn't figure to attract the same crowds the marathon did, it'll offer competitors plenty of challenges. Organizers are expecting about 100 racers split between the two events.

Runners will have to combat a new course this year, though to many, that may come as a relief, Chapman said. Both races start at 8 a.m. at Howelsen Hill, then head south out of town on River Road.

The half marathon eventually cuts up through Dakota Ridge before looping back and finishing down the Yampa River Core Trail.

"There's a long climb in there and a tough middle section, but the nice thing is the last five miles are slightly downhill or level," Chapman said. "It certainly has come challenges."

The 10K race, meanwhile, follows one of the easier potential courses in Steamboat, sticking to River Road before joining the half-marathon course to return to Howelsen along the Core Trail.

"For Steamboat, it's a pretty flat run," Chapman said. "If you're going to have a decent time in a 10K in Steamboat, this is the course to do it on."

This will mark Mountain Madness' 30th year in Steam-boat, as well as Chapman's last as the race's director. There won't be anything special to help commemorate the milestone, he said. Racers will accept the armfuls of giveaways and raffles common to Running Series events. In addition, each racer will receive a pair of SmartWool socks.

"They've been doing this race for a long, long time and it's transferred to a lot of different directors," Chapman said. "It's a real unique town race, and it fits great on the July 4 weekend just because a lot of families vacationing and all the locals have the chance to come out, participate and have a great time doing it."

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