Steamboat Springs Running Series wraps up Saturday |

Steamboat Springs Running Series wraps up Saturday

— Another summer of races will come to an end Saturday as the Steamboat Springs trail running community gathers one final time for the Emerald Mountain Trail Run.

The race, which will take place on 12-kilometers of trail, begins at 9 a.m. from the base of Howelsen Hill.

"It's been a pretty successful season," series Director Cara Marrs said Thursday.

She said the participation numbers for the year were on par with 2012, a success, she said.

Now, it comes to a close with one final race, not challenging by Running Series standards but still with plenty to offer the expert and novice runner.

The course will begin by cutting up Emerald, one of Steamboat's biggest running hot spots. Most of the 1,500 feet of elevation gain will come in the first half of the race as runners make their way to the top of Emerald Mountain to look down on Steamboat Springs.

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They'll then charge down for a finish back at the base of Howelsen.

There will be options for those not feeling up to that task, too. An non-timed hike will begin on the same course an hour before the race, at 8 a.m., and a one-mile children's fun run will begin just after the official start of the race, close to 9 a.m.

Registration remains open at, and day-of sign-up will be available from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. The event will cost $30 for adults. Children, meanwhile, will pay their age, up to 16, to participate in the fun run.

The race also will serve as the final event in the summer series' point contest, though at least the top spots are already locked in and won't change Saturday. Harry Niedl already has locked up another championship on the men's side. He won one race this season and regularly logged top-10 finishes throughout the series to build a lead that can't be caught at this point.

World-class triathlete Heather Gollnick, meanwhile, locked up the women's championship in her first season running in the series. She won three races and never finished worse than fifth.

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