Steamboat Stampede set for Saturday

25th annual Nordic event to have several race lengths

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— The 25th annual Steamboat Stampede skate and classic ski races return to the Steam­boat Ski Touring Center on Saturday.

The event features five distances for racers of all levels.

There are 3-, 5- and 10-kilometer races, as well as longer 23- and 43-kilometer races. The longer races equate to a half and full marathon.

Preregistration is due by 5 p.m. Friday. To register, call 879-8180 or go to www. nordicski.net to download a registration form.

The cost for the shorter races is $20 for adults and $8 for children younger than 12. The marathon and half marathon cost $35. On race day, the cost goes up $2 for the shorter races and $15 for the longer ones. Race directors encouraged everyone to preregister.

The shorter races are the first of the Sven Wiik Nordic Cup Race Series. Other races in the series will take place through February at Steamboat Lake, Lake Catamount and Howelsen Hill.

Skiers also can register for the Race Series by calling the Touring Center or visiting www.nordicski.net.

Races begin at 9:25 a.m. Saturday with the men’s and women’s half and full marathon classic going first. The rest of the races will go off in waves, with the 3-kilometer race starting last at 10:04 a.m.

In addition to the races, there will be a prize drawing that includes a new pair of race skis and poles and other items.

The half marathon race will feature two laps around the Touring Center, and the marathon will be four laps around.

Skiers of all abilities are encouraged to take part in any of the races.

“More than anything, it was one of the first long races,” race director Birgitta Lindgren said. “They didn’t have long races in Colorado when we started. It’s a good time, and hopefully we’ll have some good weather. It’s just a fun day.”

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