Running, rodeo and ski jumping on tap this weekend in Steamboat Springs |

Running, rodeo and ski jumping on tap this weekend in Steamboat Springs

Runners in the Mountain Madness 10K were treated to sunrise views along the Yampa River.

There are so many rodeos, so many opportunities for cowboys and cowgirls to win money, they call early July Cowboy Christmas.

The ropers and riders will certainly have the opportunity to cash in during the next week in Steamboat Springs, with five separate nights of rodeo — four of the pro variety and one ranch rodeo.

Following that same idea, the next week will be a sort of Sports Christmas for those looking for good times outdoors, the high tide of the summer season through the Yampa River Valley.

Running it out

The longest challenge any one athlete will face in the next seven days is the Steamboat Springs Running Series' Mountain Madness half-marathon, set to begin at 7:30 a.m. Saturday in downtown Steamboat Springs.

The race features a 13.1-mile half marathon, 10-kilometer version, and, this summer for the first time, a 300-meter fun run for children. The big races start at 7:30 a.m. with the fun run scheduled for 10 a.m.

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The race starts near Howelsen Ice Arena on River Road in downtown, then follows the road and the Yampa River southeast of Steamboat. The half-marathon course will loop around the Dakota Ridge development, then return while the 10K is a straight out-and-back trip.

Registration remains open online until Thursday night at Packet pick-up will take place between 3 and 6 p.m. Friday at Twisted Trails Running Company in downtown Steamboat. Registration will also be available on site before the race.

The event will cost $40 for the half-marathon and $35 for the 10K. Runners can save $10 on either race by foregoing the "frills," such as a race T-shirt.

Race director Katie Black said this year's event will benefit Northwest Colorado Health

Riding up

There's no more persistent sporting event this weekend than the rodeo, with its five different performances divided into three total competitions.

The Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo series returns first at 7:30 p.m. Friday, then again — same time, same place — Saturday, as it always does.

That wraps up one two-performance rodeo event.

Then at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, cowboys of a different sort will get their chances in a ranch rodeo. Teams of three to six riders will tackle a series of ranch competitions, ranging from riding a bronc to milking and branding a cow. (Don't worry. The milking and branding don't happen at the same time.)

Finally, the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo series returns for a second two-day performance, riding Monday and Tuesday nights. Monday's performance starts at 7:30 p.m. while Tuesday's is at 6:30 p.m. to accommodate the Fourth of July fireworks that will follow.

Tickets for Tuesday's rodeo, a frequent sell out, cost $25 for adults and $15 for children. Every other performance runs $20 for adults and $10 for children.

Tickets are available online at

Park City Nordic combined skier Stephen Schumann flies from the jump at Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs on Monday.

Flying high

The most unique sporting event in the next week is surely the ski jumping, the Jumpin' and Jammin' Competition and Community Party in and around Howelsen Hill starting on Saturday.

Athletes, ranging from Olympians

on the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team to local children, will be jumping all weekend, starting with training from 9 to 10:30 a.m.Saturday, then 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

A ski jumping competition will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Monday. The action will hit the streets of Steamboat on Tuesday morning with a 3-kilometer sprint roller ski race down Lincoln Avenue at 9:15 a.m., just before the start of the Fourth of July parade.

Finally, more jumping competitions will take place back at Howelsen starting at noon Tuesday, complete with local food and drink vendors.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email or follow him on Twitter @JReich9


BMX at Howelsen Hill, 6 p.m.


Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo, 7:30 p.m.


Mountain Madness half-marathon, 10K, kids’ fun run running races, 7:30 a.m.

Ski jumping training at Howelsen Hill, 9 a.m.-10:30

Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo, 7:30 p.m.



Ski jumping training at Howelsen Hill, 3 p.m.-5

WSSRA Ranch Rodeo, 7:30 p.m.


Ski jumping competition at Howelsen Hill, 9 a.m.

Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo, 7:30 p.m.



Roller ski Nordic combined race in downtown Steamboat, 9:15 a.m.

Jumpin’ & Jammin’ Competition and Community Party at Howelsen Hill, noon

Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo, 6:30 p.m.