Lisa Barbour, left, and Cara Marrs are the new co-directors of the Steamboat Springs Running Series. Despite the first race being three months away, the two are looking for sponsors, race directors and volunteers.

Photo by John F. Russell

Lisa Barbour, left, and Cara Marrs are the new co-directors of the Steamboat Springs Running Series. Despite the first race being three months away, the two are looking for sponsors, race directors and volunteers.

Running series changes course

Co-directors look for sponsorship, race directors

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2009 Steamboat Springs Running Series schedule

May 2 - Spirit Challenge

June 7 - Steamboat Marathon

June 13 - Hayden Cog Run

July 4 - Steamboat Sprint

July 5 - Mountain Madness

July 11 - Howelsen Hill 8-Miler

July 25 - Spring Creek Memorial

Aug. 1 - Mount Werner Classic

Aug. 16 - Continental Divide Trail Run

Sept. 6 - 10K at 10,000 feet

Sept. 12 - Emerald trail run (tentative)

Sept. 19 - Run Rabbit Run

As small-business owners and participants of the Steamboat Springs Running Series, Cara Marrs and Lisa Barbour know how valuable the series is to the community.

So when the race director position was turned into a non-paid position, the two longtime residents stepped up to help keep a Steamboat staple going.

Now the two co-directors are looking for sponsors, race directors and volunteers.

"Someone had to do it," said Marrs, who runs Nutrition Prescription. "I guess we felt like we had to pay it back for enjoying the Running Series for all those years."

While the basis of the Running Series will remain intact for the 13th year - including 12 races from May through September - there will be subtle changes under Marrs and Barbour.

Marrs and Barbour said that in addition to looking for sponsors, race directors and volunteers for each race, they are trying to get the proceeds from each race to go to a good cause in Routt County.

For instance, the proceeds of several races are going to organizations such as the Legacy Foundation and the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps.

Other changes include registration taking place at Ski Haus or online at www.runningseries.com.

The two also want to add a season-ending trail run Sept. 12 on Emerald Mountain.

"We want to make sure the Running Series gives back to the community," Marrs said. "We want to make as many of the races for fundraisers as possible."

The Running Series has become a popular event not just in Steamboat, but also in Colorado. In 2007, Colorado Runner Magazine named the Running Series as the best in Colorado. Last year's overall winners were Todd Trapp in the men's division and Deborah Freeman in the women's division.

Any individual, business, company or person interested in volunteering time or money should call Marrs at 870-0153.

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