Running Series race is Sunday in Steamboat

Runners encouraged to love the run they’re with this weekend

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— The third race of the winter version of the Steamboat Springs Running Series will pay tribute to Valentine’s Day, but make no mistake: This event is more about strengthening the heart than warming it.

The Love the Run You’re With is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Sunday. The course, which starts and finishes at Olympian Hall, will follow snowpacked singletrack trails for about 10 kilometers around Howelsen Hill, using trails such as MGM, Blair Witch and several others.

“We are encouraging people to use snowshoes at this point,” organizer Lisa Barbour said. “The course is really soft right now because of all the snow we got earlier in the week. Some runners might want to try it in tennis shoes, but it really comes down to what they are comfortable with.”

The series’ website, www.run ningseries.com, notes that Ski Haus is renting snowshoes for the race but runners should call ahead to reserve a pair. The cost is $10 for the day.

The race is the third of five events in the Steamboat Springs Winter Running Series. The series began with the Soda Creek Sneak in October and continued on Thanksgiving with the Turkey Trot.

The race is open to anyone, and runners can register the day of the race beginning at 8 a.m. or online at www.runningseries.com. The cost is $25.

The series will continue with two more events in March. The Steamboat Pentathlon is scheduled to take place March 5, and the Moonlight 10K is set for March 13. Barbour said the series has been popular this year, and she said organizers expect it to grow next winter.

“We have had great attendance for the series,” Barbour said. “It looks like it could grow to six or seven events next winter.”

The winter series is modeled after Steamboat’s successful summer running series, which includes 13 events beginning in May and continuing through Sep­tember.

— To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209 or e-mail jrussell@SteamboatToday.com

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