Racing to the hot springs |

Racing to the hot springs

Event for walkers, runners and bikers set for Saturday

— For some, it may be like trying to find your way out of a wet paper bag.

The 2001 Hot Springs Short Cut Race, which will be held Saturday, is all about finding the quickest route to the Strawberry Park Hot Springs.

But if you are unfamiliar with the course, it can pose a difficult challenge that can leave you way behind.

“It’s challenging,” said Marie Lacey, assistant director of the Steamboat Springs Running Series. “But the fun thing is to see how the people come out.”

There are various shortcuts people can take after they start out from the Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Center en route to the hot springs. The key, Lacey said, is knowing where the shortcuts are located.

Individuals can either walk it, run it or take their mountain bike on a prescribed route that also ends up at the hot springs.

Patrick West, race director, biked the course not long ago.

“It’s mostly flat and kind of rolling for the first five or six miles,” West said. “Then, for the last mile-and-a-half or two, it starts climbing gradually. I have a hard time riding my bike up it full speed. It will definitely get your heart rate up.”

The Hot Springs Short Cut Race begins at 7:30 a.m. with registration at the Health and Rec Center.

The walk starts at 8 a.m. and the run begins at 8:30 a.m. The mountain bikers will speed off at 9 a.m.

It costs $25 to take part in the race, but the fee includes a T-shirt and entry into the Strawberry Park Hot Springs and the hot pools at the Heath and Rec Center.

There also is a free post-race lunch at the finish and a chance at winning prizes.

For more information, call West at 871-9384.

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