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Bits of wisdom await as Cog Run returns

If you go

What: Hayden Cog Run

When: 10 a.m. Saturday

Where: Hayden, starting at the town park on Third Street

Cost: $25. Check out http://www.RunningSeries… to register

— Things are looking up for the Hayden Cog Run, the Steamboat Springs Running Series event that's drawn local athletes to the west end of Routt County for 37 years.

The race returns for a 10 a.m. start Saturday morning from the Hayden Town Park on South Third Street, and by Wednesday, registration was already pacing ahead of recent years, including last year, which eventually drew 105 runners.

Still, it can be a long race, 8.4 miles for the longest version, and it can get lonely out there, trudging up the cog road, or even barreling down it, and it’s with that in mind that organizers this year set out to offer some help.

A long, uphill course awaits runners in the main event — a 5-kilometer course is also available and doesn't include that brutal climb — and along the way, runners will pass rows of signs offering encouragement.

"Every hill has an end," one will propose when runners might be beginning to question that logical truth.

"The faster I finish, the sooner I can start eating," another, sponsored by a local restaurant, will remind runners.

Each sign will also feature a sponsor.

"We came up with the slogans, ran them by our sponsors and also included any info they wanted on there," said David Trogler, Hayden city manager and one of the race's organizers. "We wanted to get a little variety out there and also some inspiration."

The Cog Run is the first event of the running season in Routt County — the first race in the 2015 Steamboat Springs Running Series.

The race starts in town but soon winds its way onto Cog Road, which features about 750 feet in elevation gain on an out-and-back course.

Bigger and longer races await in the Steamboat series, but the Cog has provided a major early season test for nearly four decades.

"It's a good, hard run," Trogler said. "We like it because it promotes good health and good fitness. It's a challenging race, and it acquaints people with the town of Hayden and brings people in from the entire region."

The race costs $25. Registration remains open for both the 8.4-mile main event and for the 5K, as well. Racers can register online at http://www.RunningSeries.com until Friday night, or register on the day of the event, though registering online is the only way to guarantee getting a race T-shirt.

A T-shirt isn't the only thing racers can come away with, however. Run all the way up the Cog on Saturday, and you'll come away with some deep thoughts, too.

One sign is set to read, "There will always be days when I don't know whether I can run the Cog, but there will be a lifetime knowing I have."

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