Snowshoe, bike and triathlon races Friday and Saturday

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Editor's note: This story has been updated. Race organizers have learned regular mountain bikes cannot be used for the 1 p.m. race Saturday at Catamount Ranch and Club.

A three-part race series beginning Saturday will have athletes competing for an entry into the Xterra Trail Run National Championship in Utah.

The Steamboat Snowshoe Series begins 10 a.m. Saturday at Catamount Ranch & Club. There will be fat bike races beginning at 1 p.m.

Three distances will be offered for the snowshoe races. The 1-kilometer course is advertised as a family-friendly walk or run while the 5- and 10-kilometer distances are more competitive. Only those competing in the 10-kilometer race will earn points for the series, and winners will be declared for all age groups. Series winners will get an entry into the Sept. 21 championship trail running race in Ogden, Utah.

The snowshoe races are branded as an Xterra event. The company has a history of sponsoring multi-sport events.

“They were talking about getting into the world of winter sports more,” said event organizer Todd Gollnick, with Get Fit Family Racing.

Crescent Moon Snowshoes also is a partner for the race, and they are making available 39 pairs of snowshoes on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Six bikes designed for riding on the snow, sometimes called fat bikes, will be available for rent during the 5- and 10-kilometer bike races beginning at 1 p.m. Participants cannot use traditional mountain bikes.

Gollnick said there will be separate categories for the fat bikes and mountain bikes.

Gollnick said they were putting on the bike race because winter mountain biking and the use of fat bikes is a growing sport.

Gollnick said he did not know how many people to expect for Saturday’s races.

“We have a lot of folks talking about it, but I don’t have any idea what to expect,” he said.

The cost for the races is $20 for adults and $10 for kids. On-site registration begins at 8 a.m.

For more information, visit www.getfitfamilyracing.com.

Winter Blast Triathlon

Those looking for some competition have another chance to race Friday.

The Old Town Hot Springs will hold its first race of the three-race Winter Blast Triathlon series.

The event has start times every 30 minutes beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Competitors will see how many yards they can swim in 10 minutes, change, and then hop on a spin bike for a 30-minute workout that will simulate the bike portion of a sprint-distance triathlon. The race concludes with a 20-minute run on the treadmills.

Fitness Director Marietta Roberts said people still can sign up for Friday’s race at the front desk.

The cost to participate for Old Town Hot Springs members is $30 for an individual race, or $80 for the entire series. Non-members pay $40 for an individual race or $110 for the entire series.

The second race in the series will be held Feb. 28. The third race is March 28.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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