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Hayden buzzing this weekend

Cog Run, Huck Finn Day, 4-H event planned for Saturday

Blythe Terrell

— Hayden is set to see a flurry of activity Saturday, with the Cog Run, Huck Finn Day and a 4-H contest on the calendar.

The race includes the 8.4-mile Cog Run up Routt County Road 76, known as the Cog Road, as well as 10-kilometer and 5-kilometer walks or runs on routes that go south of town. All races start at 10 a.m. at Hayden Town Park. Race-day registration starts at 9.

“It’s a great local race,” Parks and Recreation Director Kathy Hockett said. “It’s just got all different levels for everyone. We’ve had kids as young as first grade walk in it.”

Only the Cog Run will take participants up the Cog Road, Hockett said. The town will put flaggers on the road, part of which has crumbled in a slide. The theme of the race relates to that slide.

“The slogan for the Cog Run is ‘run on the edge,'” Hockett said.

Those who want to participate can register all week. Sign-ups are down this year, Hockett said. Town officials expected that because they pushed the race back from the end of May this year.

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“We intentionally changed the date because of many factors,” Hockett said. “There were conflicts with weather and graduation and things. That might have some people confused.”

Parks and Recreation will put on a free barbecue at noon at Hayden Town Park. Cog Run participants may park at Hayden High School and are allowed to bring one pet per person, Hockett said.

The race is part of the Steamboat Springs Running Series.

The Cog Run coincides with Huck Finn Day, a youth fishing event that also takes place in Town Park. The Division of Wildlife co-sponsors and will do a demonstration at the event, which begins at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Youths will get prizes for the first fish caught, the biggest fish caught and the smallest fish caught, Hockett said. There also will be a dress-alike contest for those who want to pose as Mark Twain’s characters Huckleberry Finn and Becky Thatcher.

“We put them on the same day thinking that it might be a good combination,” Hockett said of the run and the fishing event.

Down the road at the Routt County Fairgrounds, 4-H members will participate in the Routt County livestock judging contest. It’s the last contest of the year before the state contest, county 4-H agent Jay Whaley said.

About 80 youths from across the state typically participate in the all-day event, Whaley said. They view and rank sheep, swine and cattle based on quality. The students then have to provide reasons for some of their rankings.

Colorado State University students will judge the contest.

“They learn how to make decisions and stand up for those decisions,” Whaley said of the 4-H members who participate. “Public speaking – it’s pretty intimidating to go into a room and give reasons. It’s a pretty good program; it’s pretty cool.”