Run, Rabbit Run's 50-mile race in Steamboat fills up

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— The Run, Rabbit Run Steamboat ultramarathon is drawing racers in so quickly that the shorter of the event’s two races is full.

They’re coming from near — 14 50-mile runners are from Steamboat Springs and five 100-mile racers are from Routt County. And they’re coming from far — runners from 28 states, the District of Colombia and four different countries already have signed up.

And they filled up the 50-mile race in record time.

“It’s just a testament to the Steamboat Springs community,” race organizer Fred Abramowitz said. “It’s the community that makes the race, the volunteers that make the race, and that’s why it’s filled six months before race day.”

The 50-mile race has been popular in previous years and has regularly filled its 200 slots. This year, it happened at least six weeks before it had before, with runners from Wisconsin to California, Vermont to Brazil signing up.

“Those guys from Brazil have been emailing me regularly, and they and their wives are a bit nervous about coming from sea level,” Abramowitz said. “They’ve promised me that should they all survive and finish, all of us with Run, Rabbit Run are invited down to Brazil to attend the FIFA World Cup and the parties that will ensue.”

For now, the only way to get into the 50-mile race is to sign up on the wait list and hope.

The 100-mile race — which boasts a similarly wide collection of athletes, one coming from as far as Japan — has about 80 participants, including 20 in the “hare” division, which is meant to attract the sport’s elite racers and offers at least $25,000 in prizes.

The 100-mile race begins Sept. 14 and the 50-mile race begins Sept. 15.

Abramowitz also said the event still is searching for volunteers. Anyone interested in signing up to help or to race can visit www.runrabbitrunsteamboat.com.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253 or email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com

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