Color Run set to splash into Steamboat next month

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— A new-to-town sports event company is hoping to put a little color into Steamboat Springs, and its next attempt will bring out the whole rainbow.

Get Fit Family Racing, run by Todd Gollnick, is set to play host to a Color Run-style event at the rodeo grounds at the base of Howelsen Hill next month, and Gollnick said that’s only one of several events he hopes to bring to town.

“These themed runs, they’re all the rage,” Gollnick said. “It’s really just a way to encourage people to get out and do something healthy.”

The upcoming event — not associated with the national The Color Run event, but similar — will hit Steamboat Springs on Oct. 19, offering 1-mile and 3-mile courses for running or walking. The shorter route will include two laps of the track around the rodeo arena while the 3-mile course will take participants up onto the trail system at Howelsen Hill and Emerald Mountain.

Wearing white clothing — white T-shirts will be available for $5 for those who forget — the runners will pass through color stations, where they’ll be blasted by dyed cornstarch. The final step is another shower of colors, tossed in the air by the athletes themselves soon after they’ve finished the run.

“You don’t have to be a great athlete to do this,” Gollnick said. “It’s just to get people out having fun.”

Gollnick organized similar events in Florida before moving to Steamboat earlier this year with his wife, celebrated Ironman triathlon champion Heather Gollnick, to Steamboat earlier this year. The company put on a triathlon event at Old Town Hot Springs and has more triathlon events in mind looking forward.

“We’re trying to do family-friendly events in town, things that whether or not you’re an uber athlete, you can get involved and have some fun opportunities,” he said.

Other events Gollnick’s planning are for more serious athletes, including a half-Ironman distance triathlon and perhaps an Xterra triathlon-type event, which swaps out the road bike for a mountain bike.

“We want to bring some cool, fun and engaging events to town,” he said. “This is such a great playground, and it fits into our background, with Heather and her background in athletics and mine in event management.”

To register for the event, visit www.getfitfamilyracing.com. The local Color Run will benefit the Steamboat Springs High School cross-country teams. An afterparty at Carl's Tavern will follow the run.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @JReich9

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