Howelsen Hill Trail Run set for 10th annual race Saturday |

Howelsen Hill Trail Run set for 10th annual race Saturday

— There may not be any radical changes for the 10th annual Howelsen Hill Trail Run, but that’s not a bad thing according to race director Walter Magill.

“I’d like to say we got new this, new that, but it’s the same race we have every year,” Magill said. “It’s just a good brunch and good friends running together for a couple of raffle prizes.”

This year’s race takes place at 8 a.m. Saturday, beginning at Olympian Hall, located at the base of Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs. It includes two events, the main eight-mile race around Emerald Mountain and a second four-mile race. It is the fourth race of the summer in the Steamboat Springs Running Series, and the first trail run of the season.

“It’s the same course, so people can check their times from years past,” said Magill, who has directed all 10 races and plans to run in Saturday’s eight-mile race. “It’s going to go up the Bluffs, up Ricky’s Ridge, up Lupine, across Blair Witch, down MGM, and back down to the base area.”

Registration is still ongoing with approximately 50 people signed up as of Wednesday afternoon. Runners can sign up the day of the race until about 7:30 a.m. or register online prior to Saturday.

Cost is $30 for the eight-mile race and $25 for the four-mile race, with a “No Frills” option available for each race at a $10 discount. The No Frills option allows runners to take part in the race, but will not include a T-shirt or entry gift.

“I have about 52 pre-registered. I sure would like to have 100 people or more,” Magill said. “It’s the first trail run of the running series. Emerald is in good shape.”

The races serve as a benefit for the Knights of Columbus and the Holy Name Catholic Church in Steamboat Springs. Magill hopes to have awards handed out and the post-race brunch — brought in by Winona’s Restaurant and Bakery — wrapped up by 10:30 a.m.

For more information and to register, visit For those already registered, bib pickup will be Saturday morning prior to the races.

To reach Austin Colbert, call 970-871-4204, email or follow him on Twitter @Austin_Colbert

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