- Saturday, September 13, 2008, 9:30 a.m.
/ $20 - $25
Steamboat Springs Rain or shine, the Steamboat Springs Running Series will come to a close Saturday in Kremmling. The last scheduled race of the year - the Run for LIFT-UP on Sept. 20 - was canceled, making the Kremmling Road Kill Trail Races the summer's final competition.
The day will feature 3- and 5-mile runs as well as a half-marathon. All the races take off from Kremmling Town Square.
The half-marathon and 5-mile course will take runners up to the Kremmling Cliffs and offer a wide variety of views and terrain, organizer Stephanie Scholl said.
"It's just different terrain. Kremmling is really surprising. We don't have a ski mountain, but people are continually amazed at the amount of climbing," said Scholl, a Kremmling resident who along with her husband, Shawn, has been a regular on the Steamboat series this summer. "Our foliage is a lot different. The trails are so open, and there are some unbelievable views - if you can look at something other than your feet."
The race is set to go even if the weather doesn't cooperate, Scholl said. An alternate course will be used in the event of inclement weather, with racers being shuttled to the new start line from Town Square.
Saturday's race will be the final chance for competitors to compile season-long series points, though only one of the two competitions is still in doubt.
Craig's Todd Trapp ran away with the men's title, locking it up last month when he won the 10K at 10,000 feet, his sixth victory this summer. He has 137 points, plenty to stay in front of Shawn Scholl's 96 even if Trapp doesn't make the trip to Kremmling.
Tom Nelson is third on the men's side with 86 points.
The women's race is much closer, and its winner could be decided Saturday. Deborah Freeman has maintained a small advantage through most of the season. She's run and placed in the previous nine scored events and has 113 points. Mary Schuette is within striking distance with 100 points, while Stephanie Scholl is third with 95.
Racers can earn as many as 20 points for each event based on their finish both overall and within their age group.
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