Students tackle 5K, raise money for Steamboat schools |

Students tackle 5K, raise money for Steamboat schools

Nico Paoli
Matt Stensland

— There were no official winners or losers at Saturday’s running race in Steamboat Springs, but there were a lot of tired kids and parents.

“For most kids, it’s about finishing a 5K,” Amy Satkiewicz said. “It’s a big accomplishment.”

Satkiewicz, a Strawberry Park Elementary School parent, organized the third annual Steamboat Sneak 5-kilometer run and fun run with Soda Creek Elementary School parent Cristina Magill.

“It’s all about getting outside, being active with your family and raising money for the schools,” Satkiewicz said.

She said that through entry fees and business sponsorships, the running event brings in between $8,000 and $10,000 for the Parent Information Committee. The money is split between the schools and it helps fund events like the Family Fun Breakfast, Teacher Appreciation Week and field trips.

“All of the funds go back to the schools and events that we sponsor,” Satkiewicz said.

About 275 people participated in the race. The air was brisk with temperatures in the high 30s, but Friday’s rain and snow showers gave way to clear skies.

“Thankfully, it was a beautiful day,” Satkiewicz said. “I thought it was going to snow or rain.”

While no official times were kept, Eddie Rogers was the first men’s finisher and Strawberry Park Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Lisa Adams was the first woman to cross the finish line.

Steamboat Springs Middle School seventh-grader Matthew Kempers was the first student to finish. He credited the performance to some cross training.

“I’ve been doing football, so that helps,” Matthew said.

Soda Creek Elementary School kindergartner Reise Wilson did the fun run and helped take care of the donated PowerIce at the finish line.

“I just did the race,” Reise said. “I saw the playground.”

Nico Paoli, another Soda Creek Elementary School kindergartner, was out of breath but felt quite accomplished after finishing the run.

“It was really cool,” Nico said. “I did it really fast.”

The Steamboat Sneak was the first of two races this weekend associated with the Steamboat Springs Winter Running Series.

The Hahn’s Peak Wildflower Loop returns for the second year Sunday.

The 15-mile and 5-mile races begin at 10:30 a.m. A children’s 1-mile fun run will take place at 10 a.m. in Hahn’s Peak Village.

The event raises money for the North Routt Community Charter School Nordic ski program. For more information, visit

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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