Cara Marrs

Photo by Joel Reichenberger

Cara Marrs

Locals 2012: Cara Marrs

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Are You a Local? Quiz

Take Steamboat Living’s simple quiz to help determine whether you’re a cheechako or a sourdough when it comes to your tenure in Steamboat.

1. White out is used to:
A. turn legs into jelly
B. correct mistakes on a term paper
C. warm up your legs on the first run
D. A and C

2. Three current postal clerks’ names are:
A. Don, Tom and Ron
B. Fred, Hank and Harriet
C. Julie, John and Norbert

3. Locals used to gather atop Thunderhead in the early morning for:
A. advice from Billy Kidd
B. free coffee/mimosas
C. rope drop

4. I try this ski parking sequence, in order:
A. tiny lot below Knoll Lot, Ski Time Square, Knoll Lot, Meadows Lot
B. Meadows Lot, Knoll Lot, Ski Time Square
C. rodeo grounds, City Market, Wildhorse Meadows

5. Drink out of the Lithium Spring and you may get:
A. the trots
B. a euphoric feeling
C. a ticket
D. algae in your teeth

6. The original name of the Yampa River was:
A. Bear River
B. Steamboat River
C. Anything Town USA River
D. Billy Kidd Brook

7. The original hospital in town now is:
A. a medical marijuana dispensary
B. Old Town Pub
C. Old Town Hot Springs
D. a tattoo parlor

8. The following people attended Perry-Mansfield:
A. Dustin Hoffman, Julie Harris and Lee Remick
B. Justin Bieber and Justin Timberlake
C. Marilyn Monroe

9. Touch the Buddy Werner statue atop Mount Werner and you’ll get:
A. arrested
B. good luck
C. cold fingers

10. The following Broadway musical resulted from Agnes de Mille square dancing in a schoolhouse in Hayden:
A. “Grease”
B. “Oklahoma”
C. “West Side Story”

11. The word “Yampa” comes from:
A. a flowering, edible root that grows along the river
B. the founder of town, Herbert B. Yampa
C. an Indian greeting

12. The real name of today’s Lighted Man is:
A. Tom Hanks
B. Jon Banks
C. Claudius Banks

13. The name of our local mountain range is:
A. Park B. Elk
C. Zirkels
D. Never Summer

14. These bands played at the Inferno:
A. Dave Matthews, Clarence Gatemouth Brown and Sonia Dada
B. Lynyrd Skynyrd, Taj Mahal and the Suburbs
C. Grateful Dead, Jethro Tull and Charlie Daniels

15. The original name of Steamboat Ski Area was:
A. Billy Kiddville
B. Storm Mountain
C. Grouse Creek
D. Wally World

16. The old Routt County license plates started with:
A. ZY
B. YK
C. WZ

17. Lincoln Avenue is so wide because:
A. it was designed to fit Hummers and Lincoln Navigators
B. it was used to drive cattle to stockyards
C. high school tuba players needed more room at Winter Carnival

18. The train depot once was one of the largest:
A. cattle shipping centers in the West
B. facilities to host Cabaret
C. coal-transfer stations in Colorado

How did you score?
5 points for each correct answer (90 total)
80 to 90: veritable John Crawford
70 to 79: Billy Kidd
60 to 69: five-year ski bum
50 to 59: came for the winter, stayed for the summer
Below 50: just visiting

You don’t have to hide behind the bakery racks, shuffle cookies to the bottom of the cart or slide ice cream to the cashier like a CIA agent swapping national secrets.

Cara Marrs has seen it all, and she’ll happily relate the benefits of healthy living to anyone willing to listen, as she does on a regular basis in her career as a dietitian. But she’s not in the business of looking into your shopping cart.

“I don’t try to stick my nose in people’s business,” she says. “Unless you seek me out.”

That said, she’d definitely like to help.

Healthy living never was a choice, Cara, 42, says. In fact, much of her life today, with her husband, Dave, and 8-month-old son, Max, has its roots in her youth.

She grew up in a resort community on Hilton Head Island on the South Carolina coast. She moved to Fort Collins for school and eventually to Steamboat Springs, which she found even more comfortable than most newcomers thanks to the lifestyle similarities with her childhood home.

“It’s fun to constantly have an influx of new people,” she says. “I’d like to live in a resort the rest of my life. It’s not putting up with it for me. I love it.”

Like life in Steamboat, life on the coast lent itself to healthy eating and plenty of physical activity. She certainly has no problems staying physically active in Steamboat. Cara was involved early in the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s Telemark program and helped coach that bunch until her son, Max, was born.

And she runs, which might be her largest contribution to the community. Running is a natural extension of everything else she does. She’s been the director of the Steamboat Springs Running Series for four summers, and her aggressive, inclusive management has helped grow the series’ events from local get-togethers to widely respected, highly attended races.

“There are people in there competing but also first-timers just trying to get in shape,” Cara says. “We’ve created a nice atmosphere. Exercise can save people’s lives — not just physically but mentally, too.”

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