STARS administrator Tarsha Ebbern throws her arms up after crossing the finish line in Saturday morning’s Snowshoe Roundup at Steamboat Ski Area.

Photo by Joel Reichenberger

STARS administrator Tarsha Ebbern throws her arms up after crossing the finish line in Saturday morning’s Snowshoe Roundup at Steamboat Ski Area.

Attendance slim at benefit snowshoe races

STARS still happy with day’s fundraising tally

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Race results

■ Men

Scott Brane, 19:28

Steve Moxey, 20:48

Adam Beaupre, 32:14

Randy Morton, 33:30

■ Women

Sahra Beaupre, 34:34

Connie Blair, 37:21

Chelsea Baier, 37:32

Tarsha Ebbern, 47:30

— Tarsha Ebbern said she didn’t get the turnout she’d hoped for in a pair of snowshoe races incorporated into Saturday’s closing weekend activities at Steamboat Ski Area.

She did get the donations, though, and even though few showed up for an early morning 2.4-mile snowshoe race and even fewer entered a short snowshoe sprint later in the day, the money raised by the events will be enough to help the Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports program, she said.

“We made about $850 through donations and entry fees,” she said. “That’s not as much as we’d hope, but that much can sponsor five scholarships for children to participate in STARS, so we’re really happy.”

Eight competitors took part in the early morning Snowshoe Roundup, which sent racers from the base of the Christie Peak Express, up toward the bottom of the Thunderhead Express chairlift and back.

Scott Brane dominated the event, finishing the course in 19 minutes, 28 seconds.

“That was fun — a good workout,” Brane said.

Steve Moxey was second on the men’s side at 20:48, and Adam Beaupre was third at 32:14.

Sahra Beaupre won the women’s division in 34:34, ahead of Connie Blair at 37:21 and Chelsea Baier at 37:32.

“It was beautiful,” Sahra Beaupre said. “It was a great kickoff to Springalicious.”

Racers said the course didn’t amount to a huge challenge — the pitch is persistent but gradual heading up — but that the race did come with plenty of things to be wary of.

“I’ve never run in snowshoes,” Adam Beaupre said. “That made it a whole different story. You have to pick up your knees so you don’t catch a cleat. It made it a lot more work.

“I thought it was great. I wish more people had turned out.”

The simple act of running on the ski area’s groomed trails made the day a different kind of experience for some runners.

Randy Morton is a regular in the Steamboat Springs Running Series, and Saturday’s race was a part of that circuit’s effort to expand beyond the summer season.

He said the race wasn’t similar at all to a more traditional series event, however.

“This was the first time I’ve ever entered a competitive snowshoe race, and it was a lot different,” Morton said. “I’m not used to snowshoeing on packed snow. Usually, you do it on powder.

“It was taxing, but it wasn’t that long. It was just fun.”

Cardboard Classic followed the morning’s race, and the second annual Snowshoe Stam­pede was after that. The race sent four people running up the Cardboard Classic course.

“I’m a little disappointed with the turnout, but that’s the way everything has been this year,” Ebbern said. “We will try to do it again next year for sure, but we might try a different time or a different day.”

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