Running Series looks out for environment

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Running Series: Mount Werner Classic

  • Saturday, August 2, 2008, 8 a.m.
  • Steamboat Ski Area, Mount Werner Road, Steamboat Springs
  • Not available / $75

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Saturday's 14th annual Mount Werner Classic has joined with the Green Team to help make the race a more environmentally friendly event.

In addition to each racer receiving a reusable grocery bag, the race will have recycling bins, biodegradable utensils, organic food and recyclable paper cups.

Race director Emily Conjura said being environmentally conscious was one of the main priorities in planning the race.

"It's sort of a new thing, as far as running races (goes)," she said. "It seems logical, but it's hard. But a little bit is better than nothing. We hope to grow it in the future."

With the race starting at the bottom of the ski area and finishing at the top of the gondola, spectators who would like to see the finish must make prior arrangements to hike, bike or pay to ride the gondola to the top. All registered runners will receive a free gondola ride down after the race.

Two challenging runs highlight the 10th race of the season in the Steamboat Springs Running Series.

The Mount Werner Classic pits runners against true trail running on two courses; one is a 5-miler, and the other covers 12 grueling miles.

The 12-mile run begins at 8 a.m. and covers 3,472 vertical feet, while the 5-mile run begins at 8:30 a.m. and covers 2,180 vertical feet. Both races start at the base of the gondola at Steamboat Ski Area.

The 5-mile course climbs the Right-O-Way trail to Valley View and up to Huffman's before finishing at the top of the gondola.

The 12-mile course follows the same path as the 5-mile course, but racers will cut across to Duster and the Rendezvous Restaurant after Valley View. Runners will continue up Pete's Wicked trail and over to the Storm Peak Challenge before they descend down to the top of the gondola.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at the start line. The cost is $25. Runners can register in advance by visiting Christy Sports in Central Park Plaza.

Wild West Relay to finish in Steamboat again

The fifth annual Wild West Relay again will finish in Steamboat Springs.

The race begins today with heats of relay teams taking off from Fort Collins. Runners are set to begin arriving in Steamboat about 8 a.m. Saturday.

The race has two basic relay formats. One involves teams of 12, with each participant running three relay legs of 5.25 miles. The other is made up of teams of six, divided into three distance categories.

Racers will head north through the Roosevelt National Forest and briefly into Wyoming before heading back south through Jackson County. They then will go up Rabbit Ears Pass, onto the Yampa River Core Trail and into town, finishing at Strawberry Park Elementary School.

The race has increasingly become popular during the past few years. Last year was the biggest race to date, with 128 teams competing from 38 states and one Canadian province. The same number of teams are expected this year.

- To reach Luke Graham, call 871-4229

or e-mail lgraham@steamboatpilot.com

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