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Joelle Vaught leads a pack of runners on a Friday morning trail run in Steamboat Springs. One of the nation’s most accomplished women’s runners, Vaught said she’s had to get used to the fact people know her and are inspired by her performances.

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2 of trail running's biggest names inspire in Steamboat Springs

Fred Abramowitz, one of the organizers of Saturday’s Run, Rabbit Run 50-mile trail ultramarathon in Steamboat Springs, said if the sport were tennis, Geoff Roes would be Roger Federer. Tennis isn’t ultramarathon trail running, however, and that much was obvious Friday morning as Roes and Joelle Vaught introduced themselves to a group ahead of Saturday’s big race.

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