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Steamboat Pentathlon registration open trough Tuesday, Feb. 27

Registration for the 27th annual Steamboat Pentathlon will officially close Tuesday, Feb. 27. There is no day-off registration.

Participants can register as a team, dynamic duo or individual with short and long course race options available. All participants receive a race T-shirt, goodie bag, free lunch and a chance to win fantastic prizes from event sponsors.

The event is open to all ages and ability levels. The Steamboat Pentathlon is hosted annually by the city of Steamboat Springs Parks and Community Services Department. This one-of-a-kind winter event features five athletic disciplines in one race, including Alpine skiing or snowboarding, snowshoeing, Nordic skiing, mountain biking and running.

For more information and to register for this year's race, visit steamboatpentathlon.com or call the Parks and Community Services office at 970-879-4300.

Sign Yampa Valley pledge to reduce carbon footprint by Tuesday, Feb. 27

Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is encouraging community members to take action on climate change locally by signing a pledge to curb carbon emissions in their daily lives. The pledge offers a menu of low-carbon choices, such as recycling, carpooling, reducing food waste, avoiding single-use plastics, switching to LED lightbulbs and more. Pledge signers commit to two or more actions to fight climate change and reduce their environmental impact. Sign the pledge through today at yvsc.org/climateaction.

'Forever Painless' screens, free Essentrics class held at library

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free Health Perspectives program featuring a screening of the new documentary film, "Forever Painless," followed by a 30-minute Essentrics workout taught by Susan Mead at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27 in Library Hall.

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Chronic pain is the most common cause of long-term disability in the United States. Twenty percent of American adults accept back spasms, throbbing joints, arthritis ache and other physical pain as an inevitable consequence of aging, illness or injury. But the human body is not meant to endure chronic pain.

Miranda Esmonde-White has spent decades helping professional athletes, ballet dancers and Olympians overcome potentially career-ending injuries and guiding MS patients and cancer survivors toward pain-free mobility. Now, in "Forever Painless," she shows everyone how to heal their aching bodies and live pain-free, providing the detailed instructions of Essentrics, also known as "Classical Stretch" taught by Esmonds-White on PBS in the U.S. since 1999, for gentle exercise designed to ease discomfort in the feet and ankles, knees, hips, back and neck.

Essentrics dynamically stretches and strengthens every muscle in the body, re-balancing the muscular structure with continuous rotational movements. This is a full-body re-balancing technique that works through the muscle chains to liberate joints, relieve tension and empower the muscles.

Mead is a level four-certified Essentrics instructor, author of the book "Take Back Your Body" and a longtime volunteer with Courtesy Ski Patrol. She will lead a short Essentrics session after the film. Visit http://www.steamboatlibrary.org/events for more information.

Local library wins $1.5K in reading contest

Bud Werner Memorial Library received $1,500 in the inaugural Beanstack Winter Reading Challenge, placing fourth in the reading by minutes category out of 100 libraries that participated in the contest.

The challenge was initiated by billionaire Mark Cuban who offered a total of $35,000 to communities if they could meet a collective goal of reading at least one million minutes and 50,000 books during the month of January. Ultimately, participants logged 84,002 books and seven million minutes of reading time.

Of Cuban's prize money, $25,000 was donated to First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides new books, learning materials and other essentials to children in need, and the remaining $10,000 was distributed to top-performing libraries.

Bud Werner Memorial Library crushed its January reading goal of 200,018 minutes with 320 local readers of all ages logging 278,912 minutes of reading.

Each young Steamboat reader, age 17 or younger who registered in Beanstack, was entered to win awesome prizes from Steamboat businesses during four local prize drawings. Nineteen winners were selected and received a prize from the contest's sponsors, which included Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, Howelsen Ice Arena, Snow Bowl and Off the Beaten Path bookstore.

Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat Springs was the only library in Colorado to participate in the reading challenge.