Ski Haus, Lake Catamount come together to create Sunday’s fall trail run
Fall Trail Run
What: Inaugural event put on by Ski Haus and Lake Catamount
Where: Lake Catamount, located south of Steamboat Springs via Colorado Highway 131.
When: Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m.
How: Pre-registration takes place at Ski Haus, on the corner of Pine Grove Road and Lincoln Avenue, during store hours. Cost is $10, with those 12-and-under free. Day-of-registration is available, but for $20.
Why: Race is a benefit for the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps
Steamboat Springs — It’s a partnership that should excite winter sports athletes in the Yampa Valley, especially those who enjoy fat bikes and laid-back competition.
Ski Haus Steamboat and Lake Catamount are joining to form the Race Ride Tour Series, which will feature seven events this winter, six taking place on the snow and all aimed at the casual athlete.
“It’s going to be a combination of fat bike rides, fat bike and Nordic ski relays, fat bike moonlight rides, and then dedicated Nordic ski races, too,” said Murray Selleck, of Ski Haus. “Catamount last year did do a couple of full moon bike rides. We did some Nordic ski races in the past. We just decided we would combine our efforts and combine the events and make it into a Catamount and Ski Haus series.”
The series gets underway Sunday with the Pleasant Valley Fall Trail Run, the only non-snow event. The run features both a 3.5-mile and 7-mile course, with more than 1,000 feet of elevation gain per lap. The course starts at Heritage Cabins on Harrison Trail Road, near Lake Catamount, and takes runners onto the lower slopes of Mount Baldy.
The Lake Catamount course is on private land, giving runners a chance to experience part of the Yampa Valley many never have.
“As far as an open-to-the-public trail run, this will be the first time ever,” Selleck said of the course. “It’s a unique trail and something that local runners — I’d say the vast majority of them, unless you are a Catamount member — will have never been on.”
While there is a competitive race component to Sunday’s event, it’s not being billed as a true competition. Runners will receive bibs, and those wanting to get competitive are more than welcome to, but the organizers want to make the race for anyone, even if they want to just hike or walk the exclusive course.
“The emphasis is not on who comes in first,” Selleck said. “We wanted to make it kind of low-key — just primarily for the locals in the Valley. (We) wanted to get local runners involved and make it a fun run.”
There are no aid stations on the course, but coffee, water, doughnuts, and Skratch will be available at the start.
The cost for Sunday’s race is $10, with pre-registration taking place at Ski Haus, near the corner of Pine Grove Road and Lincoln Avenue in Steamboat Springs. There will be day-of registration, but the cost goes up to $20. Runners 12 and younger are free.
Proceeds from the race, which starts at 10 a.m., benefit the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps in Steamboat.
“We like to do that type of thing. Ultimately, we are out to promote running, skiing, biking,” Selleck said. “We want to kind of have that money spread around the valley. They are fun events to put on, and we would like groups also to benefit.”
The first snow-based event is planned for Dec. 20. Final details on the remainder of the winter schedule are still being finalized.
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