Steamboat Marathon to affect downtown traffic Sunday

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Steamboat Marathon road closures

— If you plan to be out and about on something besides your feet or a bike this morning, beware: It’s going to be busy out there.

The 30th annual Steamboat Marathon starts Sunday morning at Hahn’s Peak Village in North Routt County and will come down Routt County Road 129, hanging a left at U.S. Highway 40. The course leads through downtown Steamboat Springs to the finish in front of the Routt County Courthouse on Lincoln Avenue at Sixth Street. Road closures start at 6 a.m.

The marathon, half-marathon and 10K start at 7:30 a.m. A fun run starts at 11:45 a.m. at the Routt County Courthouse. If you’re expecting only a smattering of athletes, think again. Race Director Paul Sachs said the Steamboat Marathon returns this year as healthy as ever. The 26.2-mile marathon has about 440 competitors.

The half-marathon, which begins halfway up C.R. 129 at Moon Hill, is bulging with 1,100, and the 10-kilometer race, which weaves through downtown Steamboat, into Strawberry Park and back to the downtown Routt County Courthouse, will have about 500.

For motorists who have to put wheels to pavement, there will be one lane of traffic in each direction on Lincoln Avenue downtown during the race. Traffic on C.R. 129 southbound will detour onto C.R. 44. Northbound traffic will not be affected. The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association encourages people to walk, bike or use Steamboat Springs Transit.

Where to watch

Most of the full and half-marathon will take place on Routt County Road 129, which goes north out of the west end Steamboat Springs. Much of the road will have traffic delays for the day, however, making it a bad place to watch the race. Better ideas include:

■ Downtown. All of the races finish in front of the old Routt County Courthouse on Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat Springs. The lawn in front of the courthouse will be buzzing all day with activity, including an 11:45 a.m. Honey Stinger Fun Run for children 5 years and older.

■ Cullen’s Corner. Routt County Road 44 offers a way around the mostly closed C.R. 129, and spectators can park at Cullen’s Corner, where 44 intersects with 129 and the Elk River. The road breaks left off of 129 1.5 miles north of the 129 and U.S. Highway 40 intersection, just past Steamboat Springs Airport.

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