Steamboat Running Series wraps up Saturday |

Steamboat Running Series wraps up Saturday

Last event will benefit Yampa Valley Autism Program

Luke Graham

— The 2010 Steamboat Springs Running Series wraps up Satur­day with the Emerald Mountain Trail Run.

The final event is a walk, hike or run that begins at the base of Howelsen Hill and goes to the top of Emerald Mountain, before following singletrack back down to the base of Howelsen.

The 7.5-mile run gains 1,500 feet of elevation and serves as the end-of-season race. At the conclusion, overall and divisional points series winners will be announced. The Run Rabbit Run 50-mile run is Sept. 18 but doesn't count toward the point series.

The proceeds from Saturday's race benefit the Yampa Valley Autism Program in memory of Jenna Gruben Morrill.

Gruben Morrill, an avid runner, was killed in a car wreck in February on U.S. Highway 40.

"We though it was a nice tribute to her," series director Cara Marrs said. "We're merging the two things she loved — her career and running."

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Marrs also said that what made Gruben Morrill special was not only her love of working with children and her love of sports, but her love for her family and friends and all of the stories everyone has now heard about Gruben Morrill taking time out to connect with people one on one. She also won this race last year in its inaugural running

Saturday's event begins at 8 a.m. with the walk and hike. The run begins at 9 a.m., and there will be a half-mile run for children called Jog for Jenna at 9:20 a.m.

The hike and run will go on the same course.

People can preregister at or at Ski Haus until noon today. There also will be day-of registration from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. Saturday.

Cost is $25. Children pay their age.

Last year, the event saw 60 runners take part, and Marrs said they already have that many registered. The first 90 registered runners receive a shirt, and there will be food from Freshies, raffle prizes and prizes for winners.

Derek Leidigh leads the overall point race with 106. Mary Schuette is second with 85 points and Todd Trapp is third with 83 points.

Schuette leads the women overall by 15 points against Deb Freeman.

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