Feel good about your little 5K jog or even Steamboat Marathon? That’s peanuts. In April, three men ran through town en route to logging 3,000 miles across the country to raise money for bone cancer research. Dubbed Miles 2 Give, the journey — undertaken by reality TV star and semiprofessional soccer player Landon Cooper, Vail ski instructor John McKay and Ryan Priest — took them from San Francisco to Ocean City, Md., averaging 26 miles per day. More important than the blisters it raised on their heels, they raised $200,000 for sarcoma cancer research through the Sarcoma Foundation of America. Info: www.miles2give.org.
New Brand, Same Sammie
Its name might have changed, but not its lunchtime concoctions. Downtown deli Backcountry Provisions officially has become Backcountry Delicatessen, sporting a new logo, graphics, signage, packaging, decor and website complete with online ordering. “The brand refresh is more than a name change,” co-owner David Pepin says. “It’s a progression of our business, representing our commitment to our customers and desire to expand.” Founded in Steamboat in 1999 by Massachusetts high school buddies Pepin and Peter Boniface, Backcountry Delicatessen has grown to include four stores, including delis in Denver, Fort Collins and Jackson Hole, Wyo. Adds Boniface of the name change: “With the ‘Provisions’ name, we were getting people asking us if we rented snowshoes.”
Cariveau 2nd at Cyclocross Champs
Good luck keeping up with Moots marketing manager Jon Cariveau this riding season. In February, Cariveau rolled his way to second place in the ages 45 to 49 masters division at the Cyclocross World Championships in Louisville, Ky. “It’s a long season,” he says. “It’s not easy to keep your fitness level where it needs to be while living in Steamboat in the winter. I doubted myself a little bit but kept on the training bike and felt fortunate to finish second.” Cariveau won his qualifying race then paced longtime rival Don Myrah to second on the muddy course. “We changed the lead five or six times,” says Cariveau, who finished 38 seconds back. “Going into the final lap, we were basically wheel to wheel. I had a tough time on the bike change, and he got a gap on me and took it to the finish line. It’s always been a goal to win one of these championships. Now I’m a little closer.”
Rocking the Houzz
Steamboat’s Vertical Arts Architecture received the 2013 Best of Houzz award by Houzz, an online platform for residential remodeling and design. The award recognizes the company as having some of the most popular images among the 11 million monthly Houzz users who saved more than 124 million professional images of home exteriors and interiors to individual idea books. “We’re proud to be recognized by them,” says VA principal Brandt Vanderbosch, who founded the firm in 2004. “We’re honored our work struck a chord with so many design enthusiasts.”
Big Agnes Bags Backpacker Award
Who needs tent poles when trekking poles work just as well? That’s the premise held by Big Agnes, which just received big accolades for its new Scout UL2 tent by winning Backpacker magazine’s 2012 Editors’ Choice Award. The award honors Big Agnes’ latest “new-school,” two-person A-frame tent, which its designers field tested to extremes locally. The single-walled tent uses trekking poles for support and weighs a paltry 1 pound, 9 ounces. “Our testers have years of backcountry experience and put new products through punishing real-world abuse in the toughest terrain and worst weather,” Backpacker Editor Dennis Lewon says. Adds Big Agnes president Bill Gamber: “To be surrounded by such great competition and come out on top is something that makes everyone here proud.”
Enduro-X Enters the Boat
In case you missed its debut in mid-June, Enduro mountain bike racing is hitting Steamboat big time this summer, with the second installment slated for Aug. 17 and 18. A multiday, multistage gravity-oriented race series with eight stages over four days, the series offers a $5,500 purse in the pro-open division as well as amateur, master and junior men and women categories. The winner accumulates the lowest combined time from the various stages. The one-stage, Aug. 17 event begins with a mass start from Rendezvous Saddle, then heads up to the Sunshine trail and down 3,000 feet to the base. The Aug. 18, two-stage Thunderhead Challenge highlights the upper and lower Rawhide and Rustlers Ridge trails, with 4,000 feet of elevation loss. “The time is right to host a series in Steamboat,” Director David Scully says. “The new trails are perfect for it, and the community support has been tremendous. I look forward to expanding the series in 2014.” Info: www.enduro-xrace.com.
Our landscape’s getting greener and not just because of a wet spring. ReTree Steamboat, which won a $20,000 grant from National Geographic and SunChips in 2010 to plant 20,000 trees lost from the pine beetle epidemic, is at it again. It held a planting at Stagecoach in May and a 1,000-tree planting on Mount Werner on June 9. As well as fostering future tree skiing, volunteers received an official ReTree T-shirt, visited woodworking vendors and enjoyed live music, beer and a barbecue. “We’re focusing on quality over quantity,” says organizer Sarah Jones, adding that since its inception, more than 1,000 volunteers have planted 18,570 trees in Routt County. “The purpose is to not only increase the diversity and health of our forests, but engage the local community in caring for our open spaces.”