Ice cream awaits in new 50K trail run |

Ice cream awaits in new 50K trail run

Tammy Jacques approaches the finish line during last year's Continental Divide Trail Run.
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If you go

What: Continental Divide Trail Run 50K and 16-mile run

When: 6 a.m. for the 50K, 8 a.m. for the 16-mile run, Saturday

Where: The race starts at the Fish Creek Falls parking lot

Cost: The race costs $90 for the 50K and $45 for the 16 mile.

Registration remains open until 8 p.m. Thursday at

— File “homemade ice cream sandwiches as race finisher treats” under “it seemed like a good idea at the time.”

It seemed to be a great idea last year, when Alex Pashley and Todd Givnish took over the annual Continental Divide Trail Run, a 16-mile course up Fish Creek Falls Trail and down the ski mountain that offers some of the most daunting challenges in the Steamboat Springs Running Series.

It was a hit with the roughly 120 runners who took part, too. The treats were repeatedly mentioned as one of the highlights of the race.

Take that, waterfalls.

Pashley and Givnish, both SmartWool employees, followed through this year on a plan to expand the race, however. For the first time, the event, which begins at 6 a.m. Saturday, will include a 50-kilometer category.

That decision went over well.

The course traces the route used for next months’ Run, Rabbit Run 100-mile race, so some of those athletes have seized on the opportunity for the race-pace preview. Others are simply out for a longer, more adventurous route.

No matter the motivation, those are all racers who need a homemade ice cream sandwich waiting when they cross the finish line.

“We’ve been feverishly baking,” Pashley said. “We’ve even reached to some SmartWool employees, given them the supplies and had them build some ice cream sandwiches.”

The quest for that ice cream starts at the Fish Creek Falls parking lot. The course cuts up along Fish Creek Falls Trail to Long Lake. There, the 16-mile course heads toward Mount Werner and Steamboat Ski Area. A small course change will send runners along the Mountain View Trail and down Pete’s Wicked Trail, Kathy’s Cutoff and the Sunshine Loop to the finish line at the top of the gondola.

The 50K trail, meanwhile, will head the other direction from Long Lake, toward Summit Lake on Buffalo Pass. Runners will then return to Long Lake on the Wyoming Trail, then head to Mount Werner.

It doesn’t quite add up to 50 kilometers — closer to 48. But it requires ice cream sandwiches all the same.

Registration for the event remains open at and will be available until 8 p.m. Thursday night. There will be no day-of registration available.

The race costs $90 for the 50K and $45 for the 16-mile version.

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

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