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Steamboat officers to run Sunday’s 10K in 35 pounds of tactical gear

A group of Steamboat Springs Police Department officers will run Sunday’s Steamboat Marathon 10K in tactical gear to raise money for a nonprofit. Pictured, from left, are Brent Hunstad, Gregory Griffin, Shane Musgrave and Sam Silva.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A group of local police officers is trading their running gear for tactical gear during Sunday’s Steamboat Marathon events.

Steamboat Springs police officer Gregory Griffin and seven other officers will run while wearing up to 35 pounds of gear in an effort to raise money and awareness for a nonprofit organization.

The Colorado Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors, or COPS, raises money to help family members with emotional and psychological well-being after losing someone who was killed in the line of duty.

COPS will reach out to surviving family members, often within days of the death.

“I want to do what I can to help,” Griffin said.

The local officers have set up a fundraising website at, and Griffin has set a fundraising goal of $1,000.

“Ultimately, anything we can pull in is great,” Griffin said.

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, which puts on the Steamboat Marathon, is also donating 15 percent of the officers’ entry fees to COPS.

The officers, who are all members of the local Combined Emergency Response Team, will be running in full tactical gear.

Steamboat officers participating in the run will be Griffin, Sam Silva, Shane Musgrave and Brent Hunstad. From the Routt County Sheriff’s Office, be on the lookout for J.D. Paul, Aaron Arsenault and Mark Elliot.

Also participating will be Griffin’s friend from the police academy, Lauren Sumner, who is an officer in Aspen.

“There are a few of us that have been getting together to work out specifically for this,” Griffin said.

Elliot will be running the full marathon while the other officers will do the 10-kilometer race.

All the running races start at 7:30 a.m., with the 10K course starting at the Routt County Courthouse. They will run out to Strawberry Park and then return to the downtown finish line.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland.

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