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Hounds to give chase Saturday

A certain type of hound will be unleashed Saturday on Howelsen Hill.

Saturday marks the second running of the Hounds & Hares Trail Run, a nontraditional, noncompetitive event in the Steamboat Springs Running Series.

Race director Tracey Tyson will serve as the hare, and those who choose to run will be the hounds. Tyson modeled the Hounds & Hares run after hashes, popular runs held around the world.

“I thought it sounded like a fun idea,” Tyson said. “I’m the hare, and the runners are the hounds. I’ll lay the trail with flour or sawdust. The hounds don’t know where the trail goes. Their objective is to find the true trail that takes them to the end.”

Consider the Hounds & Hares Trail Run a physically challenging scavenger hunt.

In some hashes, the hares lay the trail while the hounds are giving chase, but Tyson —- and perhaps one other person- will lay the trail before the race Saturday.

“I don’t set a live trail because it took me 3 1/2 hours to set the trail last year,” Tyson said.

The start-finish line is at the base of Howelsen Hill. During the run, competitors will have to stop and do silly tasks. Last year, runners had to eat three saltines and blow a bubble before continuing.

“It’s neat because it’s not competitive,” Tyson said. “Everyone gets a prize.”

Those who participate will receive five points in the Steamboat Springs Running Series standings.

Tyson expects the course to be longer than the three miles it was last year, but she said it would be no longer than five miles. Runners who make wrong turns will end up running longer distances.

“Howelsen Hill is very conducive (to having this kind of run) because there are so many offshoots of trails,” Tyson said.

One challenge Tyson will have in laying the trail is linking the course without using the parts of Howelsen closed for revegitation.

Registration for Saturday’s race is available for $20 at Christy Sports or http://www.active.com. Race-day registration is from 10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. near the horse stables at Howelsen Hill. The race-day cost is $25, which includes post-race prizes. The Hounds & Hares Trail Run begins at 11 a.m.

A post-race party is at Sun Pie’s Bistro on Yampa Street.

Tyson said she is looking for volunteers, and anyone interested in helping can call her at 291-9418.