Steamboat 10K at 10,000 Feet to draw hundreds

Race is one of final three of Steamboat Springs Running Series

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What: The 10K at 10,000 Feet race consists of a 10-kilometer running race and a 5-kilometer event.

When: 10 a.m. Sunday

Where: To reach the start from Steamboat Springs, travel east 18 miles on U.S. Highway 40. Turn left at the Dumont Lake entrance on Rabbit Ears Pass and follow the road past the campground.

Cost: Race registration is $25. Runners can register ahead of time online at www.runningseries... or at the start area on the day of the race from 9 to 9:30 a.m.

Past Event

Running Series: 10K at 10,000 Feet

  • Sunday, September 5, 2010, 10 a.m.
  • Rabbit Ears Peak Trail FDR 291, Steamboat Springs
  • Not available / $25 - $30

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— The race has taken place at the top of Rabbit Ears Pass for at least 25 years, but the unique feel of the 10K at 10,000 Feet still has runners coming out in record numbers.

“Locals have always known and supported this race,” director Stephenie Scholl said.

Scholl said some slight changes to the event last year combined with online registration, some creative advertising and the addition of a 5K race more than doubled the field last year.

On Sunday, she expects in the neighborhood of 200 racers at the top of Rabbit Ears Pass.

Three years ago, the race drew 70 runners, and last year, more than 170 came out. Many were from this corner of Northwest Colorado, but others will travel from the Front Range and other places.

“This race is a unique opportunity,” Scholl said. “It’s a true trail run. There is a 3 1/2-mile climb at the start of the race, but then it opens up to high Alpine meadows and scenic vistas along singletrack road.”

Scholl said the start of the race, which is just beyond the Dumont Lake Campground on top of Rabbit Ears Pass, was moved last year and includes part of a U.S. Forest Service Road.

She said the additional section allows runners to separate before they hit the singletrack.

“It’s kind of nice because you are not on top of the runner in front of you right from the start,” Scholl said. “It allows the field to get settled in before they reach the singletrack trail.”

The 10-kilometer race begins at 10 a.m. on the Forest Service road. The course is a loop, which climbs for the first half of the race, but there also are downhill and cross-country sections that take runners near the Rabbit Ears rock formation.

The total elevation gain is about 1,200 feet, and although the race is listed as a 10-kilometer event, it actually is 6.8 miles.

Last year, Andrew Biglow set the pace for the men, finishing in 46 minutes, and Lindsay Krause topped the women’s field with a time of 51:02.

Organizers also are offering a 5-kilometer course, which will take runners out and then back to the starting line in the same area as the longer race. Scholl said the race was added to include families and also to offer runners who might be intimidated by the 10K at 10,000 Feet a chance to get involved without the challenges of the longer course.

Last year, Tyler Scholl topped the men’s 5-kilometer results in 18:42, and Tabor Scholl won the women’s 5-kilometer race with a time of 18:39.

“I like this race,” running series director Cara Marrs said. “It’s a distance anyone can do, and it’s more doable for a wider range of people than the last two trail runs we had.”

Runners can register early online at www.runningseries.com, or at the start-finish area on the day of the race from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Cost to enter the race is $25.

To reach the start from Steamboat, travel east 18 miles on U.S. Highway 40. Turn left at the Dumont Lake entrance and follow the road past the campground.

Marrs said the event is one of the last of the summer for runners competing for points in the series.

There are two other races left on the schedule, and the Run Rabbit Run, a 50-mile ultra endurance run Sept. 18, will not count toward the season points standings.

The final race that will count toward points is the Emerald Mountain Trail Run on Sept. 11.

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