Wild West Relay rolls into Steamboat Springs on Saturday

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— The ninth annual Wild West Relay rolls into Steamboat on Saturday.

The relay begins Friday morning at the Budweiser Tour Center and takes runners 200 miles from Fort Collins into Wyoming, back down to Colorado and eventually into Steamboat, where they’ll finish at Strawberry Park Elementary School.

“It was so well received the first couple of years I knew that it would do well,” race Director Paul Vanderheiden said. “I work my butt off to sustain the quality of the race.”

Runners should start arriving at about 10 a.m. Saturday with the last runners getting in at about 5 p.m.

The event features teams of four to 12 runners trading off legs. This year, there are 110 teams with 1,200 registered racers from more than 30 states.

There is one team from Steamboat registered in the race. Captained by Erik Ramstad, the Handsome Men of the NCAC will compete.

Phil Purdy will again attempt to do the race again solo. Purdy was the third person to finish the race solo last year and will attempt to be the first person to finish it twice.

Last year, he raised more than $3,000 for the Larimer County Food Bank. This year, he already has raised more than $9,000.

The nonprofit arm of the race, Volunteers with a Purpose, has raised more than $20,000 for participating nonprofits.

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com

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