Steamboat Springs Running Series registry opens

Summer races expected to fill up

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2011 Steamboat Springs Running Series

May 14 Spirit Challenge (5- and 10-kilometer courses)

June 5 Steamboat Marathon (Full marathon, half marathon and 10-kilometer)

June 11 Hayden Cog Run (8-mile and 5- and 10-kilometer)

June 26 Craig Duathlon (5-kilometer run, 30-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run)

July 2 Mountain Madness (13.1-mile and 10-kilometer)

July 4 Steamboat Springs (400-yard dash)

July 9 Howelsen Hill 8-Miler (4- and 8-mile)

July 23 Spring Creek Memorial (9-mile and 5-kilometer)

Aug. 6 Mount Werner Classic (5- and 12-mile)

Aug. 21 Continental Divide Trail Run (16-mile)

Sept. 4 10K at 10,000 Feet (5- and 10-kilometer)

Sept. 10 Emerald Mountain Trail Run (7-mile)

Sept. 17 Run Rabbit Run ultramarathon (50 mile)

— Leaders with the Steamboat Springs Running Series sent out a survey to many of the record number of competitors who took part in summer races.

Series director Cara Marrs said the responses just reinforced what already was obvious.

“It was a really good year,” Marrs said. “Everything gelled. The feedback was amazing.”

Now, organizers are looking forward to the 2011 season. Registration for the coming summer’s 13 races has opened at www.runningseries.com.

Runners who register before April 1 can do so for $20 per race. The price will increase to $25 after that deadline, and day-of registration is likely to cost a little more.

“This is definitely the earliest we have ever opened registration,” Marrs said.

The need for early registration became obvious in summer 2010. Several races filled up, and the series found itself in the unusual situation of having to turn runners away.

As of Wednesday, nine competitors had signed up.

The Aug. 6 Mount Werner Classic, which will feature 5- and 12-mile trails, and the 16-mile Continental Divide Trail Run are expected to reach capacity.

“They could fill up before summer,” Marrs said.

The 10K at 10,000 Feet, selected as the top 10-kilometer race in the state by Colorado Runner magazine, and the 9-mile event at the Spring Creek Memorial race also will have caps, though they will be larger than the Mount Werner and Continental Divide races.

Marrs said more than 1,400 racers took part in last year’s series and they raised more than than $8,000 for charity.

Run Rabbit Run registration doesn’t open until March 1.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 871-4253 or e-mail jreichenberger@steamboatpilot.com

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