Steamboat Sneak returns Saturday |

Steamboat Sneak returns Saturday

If you go

What: Sixth annual Steamboat Sneak

When: Saturday, 10 a.m.

Where: Steamboat Springs Middle School

How: Sign up at or in person the day of the race

Why: Money benefits the Challenge Fund for Strawberry Park and Soda Creek elementary schools

— Living up to its name, the Steamboat Sneak has quietly made it back for its sixth annual event Saturday. The yearly fundraiser benefits both Strawberry Park and Soda Creek elementary schools in Steamboat Springs and is the first of a few events with money going toward its Challenge Fund.

“The teachers actually put in grant requests every year for things that help bring the curriculum to light and support 21st century fields in the classroom,” said event organizer Monica Niedermeier.

Saturday’s 5-kilometer run, which takes participants through Butcherknife Canyon, gets underway at 10 a.m. at the Steamboat Springs Middle School, with an optional fun run around the track starting at 10:05 a.m. New this year is the addition of a “fun fest” which will give the event more of a festival atmosphere and will include many activities for children, such as face painting.

The Steamboat Sneak is one of the largest fundraisers for the Challenge Fund and usually brings in thousands of dollars, much coming from sponsors.

Cost to register is $10 for children and $25 for adults ($26 online). There are day-of sign ups at the middle school, or pre-registration at For more information on the Challenge Fund, visit

To reach Austin Colbert, call 970-871-4204, email or follow him on Twitter @Austin_Colbert

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