Steamboat Sneak raises money for Soda Creek and Strawberry Park elementary schools |

Steamboat Sneak raises money for Soda Creek and Strawberry Park elementary schools

The annual Steamboat Sneak raises money for Soda Creek and Strawberry Park elementary schools’ challenge fund. Pictured is the start of last year’s 5-kilometer run. (Matt Stensland/file)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Steamboat Sneak 5-kilometer run and kids’ fun run is in its ninth year of raising money for Soda Creek and Strawberry Park elementary schools.

The run, which takes place at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 13 at Strawberry Park Middle School’s track, raises money for the challenge fund, which helps offset the cost for assemblies, field trips and new technology.

“We funded field trips and assemblies that maybe kids in the metro area get to do a lot,” Steamboat Sneak committee member Casey Quillen said. “Last year, we helped support those programs coming up here to Steamboat and presenting in the schools, so the kids could get some hands-on experience with things they were learning in the classroom.”


What: Steamboat Sneak
When: 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 13
Where: 39610 Amethyst Drive
Cost: $15 per student or teacher, $25 per adult

Some of those programs included a space-themed assembly called, “Mission to Mars,” and a fifth-grade field trip to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

Field trips, especially overnight ones to Denver, are expensive. The money raised from the Steamboat Sneak and spring fundraiser, like last year’s Spring Community Cleanup, helps offset the cost for kids to have these learning opportunities.

“There are some students who wouldn’t be able to go if they had to pay out of pocket,” Quillen said.

Last year’s Sneak helped fund Google Chromebooks for students to use in the classroom. In years’ past, the money helped fund varied physical education curricula, where kids were provided equipment to learn  how to fly fish or skateboard.

“The Steamboat Sneak is designed to replace the kids having to sell wrapping paper or cookie dough to raise money for the school,” Quillen said. “It helps when there are funds needed that are not in the district’s budget.”

The goal of the Steamboat Sneak is to raise $10,000, and combined with the spring fundraiser, the schools hope to raise $20,000 annually for the challenge fund. All proceeds are split evenly between the two schools.

Teachers and students can register for $15 and adult registration is $25. The run features a 5K and kids’ fun run option. The 5K starts at the track and travels down Butcherknife Trail before rounding back towards the middle school. The fun run welcomes kids to run for however long they want around the track.

After the run, there will be snacks, prize bags, giveaways and raffle items donated by local businesses. All kids get T-shirts for participating.

Participants can register at ahead of time or at the run. There’s also an option to donate without participating in the run.

“It’s really important that the community supports anything that will enrich the kids’ academic experience,” Quillen said. “It helps expose them to things they may not otherwise be exposed to.”

To reach Leah Vann, call 970-871-4253, email or follow her on Twitter @LVann_Sports.

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