Steamboat Springs Running Series returns early |

Steamboat Springs Running Series returns early

5-mile Pentathlon Tune-up to help runners stretch legs Saturday at Howelsen Hill

— The past year has brought a continuous wave of success for the Steamboat Springs Running Series. Week after week during the summer it set participation records and then had nearly 80 runners for its first nonsummer event, a Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot.

Now, the organization is hoping to carry that momentum across the full calendar year.

The traditional start of the summer series is still about three months off, but runners will return to area trails starting at 10 a.m. Saturday with the Pentathlon Tune-up 5-mile run.

"We wanted to do a race, and we're somewhat limited with the logging on Emerald Mountain," Running Series co-director Lisa Barbour said. "We knew there were a lot of people training for the pentathlon, so we thought if we tied that in, people would appreciate it."

The event starts at the tennis courts at the base of Howelsen Hill and will mirror the running portion of the pentathlon, which is scheduled for March 20, going out along the Yampa River Core Trail 2.5 miles before doubling back to the starting area.

It costs $10, and prizes will be awarded to top men's and women's finishers.

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The event precedes another early season event and, if all goes well, will be the start of a full-fledged winter series in Steamboat Springs.

The Snowshoe Stampede and Round Up will be April 10 at Steamboat Ski Area and will benefit the Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports program.

Next winter, then, could feature several additional races.

"We have a lot of people in town that run during the winter," Barbour said. "They like to stay in shape, and it's fun. This just means more social life for runners in Steamboat."

— To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 871-4253 or e-mail

If you go

What: Steamboat Springs Running Series Pentathlon Tune-up 5-mile race

When: 10 a.m. Saturday

Where: The tennis courts at the base of Howelsen Hill. Parking is available in the area, and overflow parking is available at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena.

Cost: $10 early registration is available at

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