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Routt County CattleWomen’s poker fun run to celebrate all things beef

Troy Allen on one of Routt County’s fifth-generation ranches.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Routt County CattleWomen’s Association has created a new event this fall, and the main ingredient is beef.

Bridging the gap between the recreational side of Routt County with its ranching heritage, the inaugural CattleWomen's Poker Run will commence at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Sherrod Ranch, 42995 Routt County Road 44.

"It's important that people realize there's more to this community than recreation and tourism," said Adonna Allen, CattleWomen executive board member and former Colorado CattleWomen board member.

If you go

What: Routt County CattleWomen's Association Poker Run
When: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13
Where: Starting line at Sherrod Ranch, 42995 Routt County Road 44
Cost: $10, free for kids 12 and younger
Registration: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at Alpine Bank, 1901 Pine Grove Road No. 101

Within a span of 3 miles, the 5K fun run course will meander by three fifth-generation ranches along Routt County Road 44 with the finish line at the Daughenbaugh Ranch.

Open to all ages, the Poker Run is not a timed event — nor are poker faces necessary.

At each kilometer, participants will choose a poker card. At the end, the best five-card hand will win a free quarter cut of local beef produced by Heather Stirling, a Routt County CattleWomen member. Each participant will get a beef burrito.

"The whole idea is to promote beef as a part of a healthy lifestyle while reminding people there's still viable agriculture here in the community, and it gets people to the countryside for a taste of local beef," Allen said.

The event registration is limited to 150 participants and will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at Alpine Bank. Registration is $10. Kids 12 and younger are free.

The Steamboat run is a pilot event in partnership with the help of Colorado CattleWomen and the Colorado Beef Council. If successful, Allen said it has the potential to be a program mimicked all over the state by various county affiliates.

For the event, Allen said about 120 pounds of processed beef was donated in the form of hamburger patties, steaks, roasts and more.

"Another fun part about this event is that some people will get cuts of beef they may not be familiar with, and it's an opportunity to learn different recipes and how to prepare it from the local CattleWomen," Allen said.

The swag bags given to participants also will include a variety of recipes, including traditional recipes unique to Routt County.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@SteamboatPilot.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

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