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Nearly 2,000 runners expected for Sunday’s Steamboat Marathon

The Steamboat Marathon returns Sunday, hindering travel through sections of Routt County as the race welcomes what it expects to be nearly 2,000 runners.

"It should be beautiful," race director Paul Sachs said. "Things are going great."

The day will include a full marathon, a half marathon and a 10-kilometer race, all starting at 7:30 a.m., as well as a kid's fun run in downtown Steamboat Springs scheduled to start at 11:45 a.m.

There are no changes to the course this year, and Sachs even expects runners to be able to navigate construction on the corner of U.S. Highway 40 and County Road 129 without difficulty.

The marathon will start in Hahn's Peak Village, then proceed 26.2 miles down Colorado Highway 129, into Steamboat Springs and into town for a downtown Lincoln Avenue finish.

The half marathon will start halfway along that route, at Moon Hill.

Sachs expects a 10-foot wide path to be available for runners on the inside of the construction barricades at the corner of Colo. 129 and U.S. Highway 40, separating athletes from traffic and giving them a smooth lane in which to run through the section.

The marathon will drop nearly 1,500 feet of elevation from start to finish.

Buses for marathon runners on the point-to-point course will load from 5:45 to 6:15 a.m. at Eighth and Oak streets in downtown Steamboat.

The half-marathon transportation will load at the same spot from 6 to 6:30 a.m.

The 10K will start on Fifth Street in downtown Steamboat, climb into Strawberry Park and return to town for the finish on Lincoln Avenue in front of the courthouse.

Traffic will be affected both downtown, where it will be reduced to one lane in each direction from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., and north along Colo. 129. Southbound traffic will be diverted from onto Colo. 129 from Cullen's Corner to Elk River Estates. North from Cullen's Corner, traffic will be reduced to one lane and only allowed through with a pilot car.

Sachs said registration is looking strong for the event, with more than 1,000 signed up for the half marathon, about 350 for the full marathon and another 400 or 500 expected for the 10K.

Packet pickup will be available from noon to 5 p.m. Friday at Ski Haus, 1457 Pine Grove Road, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, also at Ski Haus.

"Our numbers are looking really good," Sachs said. "It's become trickier over the years, because there are just so many events. It used to be this was the first big marathon of the summer season, and now, there are a lot of them. But, we're still getting a lot of people to come up to Steamboat for the weekend. It's still a relatively small marathon, and for a lot of people used to the really big ones, this is a treat."

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