Runners take on Steamboat’s 10K at 10,000 Feet |

Runners take on Steamboat’s 10K at 10,000 Feet

Event took participants up trail near Rabbit Ears Pass

Louisville resident Teri Cady leads a pack of runners Sunday at the start of the Steamboat Springs 10K at 10,000 Feet running race atop Rabbit Ears Pass. Cady (54:38) finished second in the women's division.

— Nicholas Cady still was catching his breath after he ran across the finish line first with a time of 44 minutes and 4 seconds in the Steamboat Springs 10K at 10,000 Feet running race atop Rabbit Ears Pass on Sunday, but that didn't stop him from making a prediction.

"My wife's pretty fast," he said. "She won't be too far behind me."

Teri Cady (54:38) arrived at the finish line a little more than 10 minutes later, finishing second place in the women's division behind Lindsay Krause (52:08). The final 1.5-mile stretch of the race on the singletrack put Nicholas Cady in a duel with second-place finisher Todd Trapp.

"When we got to the singletrack, (Nicholas) opened up about 20 seconds on me and I tried to get close, but he pulled away in the last mile," Trapp said. "He ran a smart race."

More than 200 runners from 14 states participated in the 5-kilometer or 10-kilometer version of the race, which is one of the last events in this year's Steamboat Springs Running Series.

After a 3.5-mile climb, runners were treated to a gradual decline as they finished the race on singletrack road. The 6.8-mile race, which has runners gain about 1,200 feet in elevation, steadily has drawn more participants throughout the past few years.

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"We had way more people this year," race organizer Stephanie Scholl said. She said the perfect weather, online registrations and the addition of the 5K race are responsible for the increase in participants.

After the race, some runners said the scenery was more memorable than the altitude.

"It was a gorgeous day, and the views up there are amazing," said Littleton resident Krause, who repeated her performance from last year by finishing first in the women's division of the 10K. "I felt a little stronger this year because the altitude didn't get to me as much."

While participants of the 10K race celebrated their times, 5K runners were left guessing how far they actually ran. After running for 10 minutes, Steamboat resident Bob Larson said, he thought he was running suspiciously slowly not to have passed a turnoff one-half mile into the race.

"A good Samaritan on a motorcycle came and told us we had all passed the turnoff," Larson said after he arrived back at the starting point of the 5K. "I don't mind, though, because for me this is about the fresh air and the 10,000 feet."

Scholl said a guide who was supposed to be at the turnoff was not at the post when the 5K runners passed. After some debate, runners and race officials decided that Bryce Snow (27:17) finished first in the men's division because he ran the greatest distance. Hayley Piske (32:00) led the women's 5K field.

The Running Series continues Saturday with the seven-mile Emerald Mountain Trail Run.

— To reach Scott Franz, call 871-4210 or e-mail

10K at 10,000 Feet results

Men’s 10K results

Nicholas Cady: 44:04

Todd Trapp: 44:25

Asher Rohde: 47:50

Women’s 10K results

Lindsay Krause: 52:08

Teri Cady: 54:38

Deirdre Pepin: 56:23

Men’s 5K results

Bryce Snow: 27:17

Corbin Shriner: 23:24

Drew Morris: 23:25

Women’s 5K results

Hayley Piske: 32:00

Heather Bigelow: 31:44

Emily Hannah: 32:55

Click here for full 10K results.

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