Steamboat residents have reason to “rise” and shine on Wednesday mornings |

Steamboat residents have reason to “rise” and shine on Wednesday mornings

Reall Colbenson started the Rise Steamboat fitness program this summer to help people with their fitness needs and raise funds for local nonprofits. The program will continue this fall.
John F. Russell

For Reall Colbenson, the idea of helping people is a pretty good motivator for getting out of bed on Wednesday mornings.

It’s the main reason she has launched the Rise Steamboat program this summer. The fitness program, which takes place at 6:30 a.m. every Wednesday morning, is a chance to help people feel better physically, and the donations from the people who take the class go to help local nonprofits.

“I’m passionate about fitness and helping people be healthy,” Colbenson said. “ Being healthy just empowers you in so many different areas of your life.”

Colbenson, who is also a fitness instructor at Old Town Hot Springs in Steamboat Springs, wanted to offer a weekly boot camp — a circuit-style fitness class that would take people outside once a week and appeal to people ranging from the person who heads to the gymnasium every day, and those who may not be going but want to get back into shape.

“We get regular gym-goers who like this because they like the concept, they want support a nonprofit and they to go workout outside once a week,” Colbenson said. “But what is really neat is that we have a number of people who have not been in a workout routine and just needed that extra little boost. I like to make all the classes available to all levels from the starter-uppers to the advanced athletes.”

Colbenson said she has had about 15 people for each of the first two sessions and has gotten an enthusiastic response from those who have participated.

“It’s a great way to start your day, and it’s good for the community,” said Leigh Rushton, who has participated in the first two classes.

But the concept goes beyond just offering a good workout once a week. Colbenson wanted to do more and decided she would ask for donations from those taking the class and use that money to help local nonprofits.

“I’m a broker — that’s my day job,” Colbenson said. “I do personal  training on the side.”

She said that her employer has been very helpful in her efforts this summer through the Colorado Group Realty Charitable Foundation, which supports nonprofits and charitable causes all over Steamboat. She said all of the brokers pay into the foundation, which is sponsoring Rise Steamboat and has offered to match a certain percentage of the donations.

“I don’t think any of these attendees would drop a gym membership and just do this, but people love the concept that they are coming in and dropping $5, $10 or $20, getting an awesome workout and knowing that they made a donation to a nonprofit does great things for our town because that’s what Steamboat is all about.”

In two sessions, Rise Steamboat has raised $400, which was donated to Old Town Hot Springs and Rocky Mountain Youth Corp.

Upcoming sessions will benefit the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund on July 12, the Steamboat Running Series on July 19 and Partners of Routt County on July 26.

Helen Beall, marketing and Passport Club manager for the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, said she plans on heading to the next workout that will benefit the trail fund, which is supported by YVCF.

“When she let me know that the Yampa Valley Community Foundation was going to be featured, I was thrilled,” Beall said. “Not only because of the donations, but because it brings attention to what we are doing.”

Colbenson said depending the remaining Rise Steamboat sessions go, she may extend the program into August. More information can be found at the Rise Steamboat Facebook page.

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966

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