Pentathlon nears |

Pentathlon nears

Snow circuit, which features five events, takes place March 9

— Local endurance athletes can fill their sporting appetite this year at Howelsen Hill during the 11th annual Steamboat Pentathlon.

During the event, the athletes can get a taste for downhill skiing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, mountain biking and running all in a single day. But to get involved, athletes need to be one of the first 250 individuals to sign up for the event. Registration closes March 6.

“Last year, we were within 10 to 15 spots of being full,” said Christina Freeman, Parks and Recreational Services spokeswoman.

This year’s pentathlon will take place March 9. The event will open with a 400-foot downhill skiing event. However, the athletes will have to run up the hill prior to skiing back down it.

The athletes in the standard course will also have to complete a 2.5-mile snowshoe, 4.5-mile cross country skiing, 12-mile bike ride and 5-mile run.

Last year, 44 individuals took part in the standard course.

But if that task sounds too daunting, the folks at Parks and Rec will also offer a short course.

That course will include the same 400-foot vertical ski, a 1.5-mile snowshoe, a 2.25-mile cross country ski race, a 7.4 mile mountain bike ride and a 2-mile run.

Last year, Mike Kloser of Vail won the individual title in a record time of 1 hour, 53 minutes and 24 seconds. Kerry Barnholt of Boulder won the women’s race.

Dwight Sebald of Morrison and Amy Brown of Steamboat Springs took home honors in the short course.

Thirty-two teams also took part with a local women’s team. We’re Bak (Kirsten Ames, Brenda Geisler and Amy Harris) posted the fastest time.

Freeman said the racecourse will remain almost the same as last year’s, but athletes should look for a few new twists and turns on the cross country course.

“We changed the course just a little bit to take advantage of the new bluffs area, which was created earlier this year,” Freeman said.

Cost to enter the race is $42 per person. The fee includes a lunch and T-shirt. Participants can enter the event as an individual, part of a

two-, three-, four- or five-person team or as part of a dynamic duo team.

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