North Routt cross-country race March 14


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Visit to register for the fifth annual North Routt Coureur des Bois.

Editor's Note: This story has been updated from its original version, which incorrectly reported the date of the race. The race is March 14.

— Registration still is open for the fifth annual North Routt Coureur des Bois.

The March 14 event has become one of the foremost cross-country races in the nation. It features a 45-kilometer and 90-kilometer race.

"We have all things in between," said race director Dan Smilkstein. "There are serious people, but the bulk of people just have a good day and go the distance."

Smilkstein said there are about 120 people already registered for a race he plans to cap at 200 participants.

Those interested in doing the race can register at or drop off entries at the Steamboat Ski Touring Center. All day today, Smilkstein is running a World Championship special for registrations in honor of the U.S. Nordic combined team's performance at the 2009 World Championships.

The World Championship special is $68 for the 45-kilometer race and $78 for the 90-kilometer race. Those prices increase to $85 and $90 after today. Registration is open until March 12.

Two-time World Champion Todd Lodwick will compete in the event, his first since taking the World Championships by storm.

The two courses will be the same as last year. Smilkstein said the field will feature 10 record holders from years past. Competitors from California, Vermont, New Mexico, Minnesota and Alaska, among other states, also will compete.

Last year, Michael Brothers won the 90K event in 5 hours and 12 minutes. Mark Iverson, of Steamboat Springs, finished in second place, more than 16 minutes later. Joshua Smith, of Boulder, won the short course in 2:38. Maria Grevsgard, of Boulder, won the short women's race in 2:41. Annie Creighton, of Hamilton, Mont., won the long course in 6:41.

This year's event includes food and beverages, along with more than $20,000 in prizes and awards.

"You'll have a hard time finding a race where you walk away with this much stuff," Smilkstein said. "Plus, you'll get a full stomach, and you'll be tired. It's got it all."


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