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Hayden Cog Run looms as running and biking race season approaches

Matt Milde runs down the Cog road near Hayden during the Hayden Cog Run. The grueling early-season running race is one of the first events of the running and biking season.
Joel Reichenberger

2018 Steamboat Springs Running Series

May 5 — Hayden Cog Run (8.4 miles, 5 kilometers, fun run)

May 19 — Spirit Challenge (10K, 5K, fun run)

June 3 — Steamboat Marathon (full marathon, half marathon, 10K, fun run)

June 16 — Howelsen Hill Train Run (8 miles, 4 miles)

July 1 — Mountain Madness (13.1 miles, 10K)

July 7 — Hahn’s Peak Hill Climb (7.3-mile trail)

July 28 — Spring Creek Memorial (9.5 miles, 5K, fun run)

August 12 — Steamboat Stinger (full and half trail marathons)

August 25 — Continental Divide Trail Run (50K and 16 miles)

September 2 — 10K at 10,000 feet (10K and 5K trail)

September 14-15 — Run, Rabbit Run (100 miles, 50 miles)

September 22 — Emerald Mountain Trail Run (12K, 5K, fun run)

October 27 — Foundry Halloween (5K)

2018 Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series

June 6 — Marabou XC, Marabou Ranch

June 20 — Emerald Endurance, Howelsen Hill

July 11 — Storm Peak Hill Climb, Steamboat Ski Area

July 18 — Howelsen Hammer, Howelsen Hill

August 1 — Sunshine Loop XC, Steamboat Ski Area

August 15 — Emerald Elevation, Howelsen Hill

August 22 — Free community ride, dinner and end of season awards, Howelsen Hill

Skiing and snowboarding season has already given way to running and cycling season for many local athletes who started airing up their tires and lacing up their sneakers before the lifts stopped turning. The competitive season for those athletes is coming up quickly, as well.

The first event of the Steamboat Springs Running Series is less than two weeks away, and an important deadline is even closer than that.

The Hayden Cog Run will celebrate its 40th anniversary on May 5 with a grueling early-season test, 8.4-miles up the Cog road in Hayden.

Signing up for the race in years past has usually included a race t-shirt, and it does again this year, but years of leftover boxes of shirts have encouraged organizers to set Wednesday as a deadline for signing up online and getting a shirt.

“We’re really excited about the race this year,” race director Zach Johnson said.

He said the 40th anniversary almost snuck up on them.

“I didn’t realize last year that it was the 39th, but we noticed this year was the 40th, and we decided we’d make a big deal out of it,” he said.

The course for the day’s signature run goes 4.2 miles out, about two thirds of that good and steep before doubling back. Often, the downhill portion causes runners as many problems as the uphill.

“People like the early season challenge,” Johnson said.

There will also be a 5-kilometer run and a 1-mile fun run for children.

Runners can sign up online at runningseries.com. The event costs $25 for adults or $20 for a “no frills” option that doesn’t include the t-shirt. Runners younger than 18 will pay their age.

That’s the first of a long summer of events. The Spirit Challenge with a 10K, a 5K and a fun run follows several weeks later, May 19, and the Steamboat Marathon returns June 3.

There are no new races on the Running Series calendar this summer, though the Hahn’s Peak Hill Climb returns after debuting in 2017.

The start of the Town Challenge season is a little further out. The first race in that series is set for June 6, and it will take riders back to Marabou Ranch for a cross-country course. Three more races will take place at Howelsen Hill and Emerald Mountain while Mount Werner and Steamboat Ski Area will host two, the Storm Peak Hill Climb and the Sunshine Loop XC.

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

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