Mountain Madness race set for Saturday
Steamboat Springs — Steamboat Springs is expecting a swarm of visitors in town this weekend and the Steamboat Springs Running Series has a way to wear them all out Saturday.
The Mountain Madness half-marathon race returns to town with a 7:30 a.m. start.
The road running race traces a course along the Yampa River, on River Road and to the Dakota Ridge development, completing a loop there and doubling back to the start and finish area at the Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department Office on River Road, just southeast of the Fifth Street Bridge and southeast of the race’s traditional starting location at the Howelsen Ice Arena.
The race has swelled with holiday runners in the past, and topped out around 260 runners a year ago when the event was a benefit for Scott Blair, the long-time race director then recently diagnosed with cancer.
This year, the close proximity to the Fourth of July holiday should again lead to a big crowd. Race director Tyler Jacobs said there already had been 160 pre-registered by Thursday afternoon, split fairly evenly between the name-sake half-marathon and a 10-kilometer race.
“About 70 percent of the racers are already from outside of Steamboat,” Jacobs said. “A lot are here for the Fourth and, ‘Oh, hey, there’s a road race going on.’”
The 10K race starts 30 minutes after the half-marathon, at 8 a.m.
Registration also will be available the day-of. Adults will cost $35 and children 17 and younger will pay their age for entry.
Packet pickup will be available from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at Ski Haus in Steamboat as well as before the race Saturday morning.
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