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Rise Steamboat’s success makes it perfect for fall afternoons

Reall Colbenson started the Rise Steamboat fitness program this summer to help people with their fitness needs and raise funds for local nonprofits. The program will continue this fall.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Like so many other locals in Steamboat Springs, Reall Colbenson isn't quite ready to let go of summer.

"I felt like there would be more opportunity," said Colbenson, who started the Rise Steamboat fitness program this summer in her free time.

Colbenson, who works as a broker with The Metzler Team at Colorado Group Realty, spends her spare time as a fitness instructor and personal trainer. This summer she invited residents in Steamboat Springs to come to the rodeo grounds at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday mornings to participate in Rise Steamboat, a fitness class designed to give people a jump on the morning and to support local nonprofits.

All asked participants for only a donation, which she then gave to a local nonprofit. The program, which ended in August, raised just over $1,000.

"I only had five sessions in the summer series —  it was kind of a trial year to see how it was received," Colbenson said. "It was really successful in attendance every week and in terms of funds raised. We had an average of $200 per session for nonprofits, which is really good, we were really happy with that."

But Colbenson isn't ready to let go of summer just yet and she’s planning a fall session of Rise Steamboat.

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"The days are a little cooler, so there is more opportunity to schedule a class outside of the morning time slot, and the rodeo grounds are a little quieter this time of year and life is less busy," she said. 

The first of four fall sessions will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18. It will be an all-levels, circuit-training class focused on cardio, balance, strength and agility intervals.

Participants should bring gloves, water warm layers and a cash donation that will be donated to a local nonprofit. The summer series was sponsored by Colorado Group Realty's Charitable Foundation.

The fall sessions will benefit STARS, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Colorado and tRoutt County Humane Society and Friends of the Yampa.

For more information, visit the Rise Steamboat page on Facebook.

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email jrussell@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966.