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Sweat for Scott brings Steamboat fitness industry together for one of its own

— Wendy Puckett said there hasn't been an environment of hostility between the various gyms, dance studios and personal training services in Steamboat Springs. There hadn't been one of cooperation, either.

"We're all just busy doing our own thing," said Puckett, of Steamboat Pilates, Yoga and Fitness.

That all changed once the idea for a fundraiser to help Scott Blair was floated. Blair, a physical therapist at SportsMed at Yampa Valley Medical Center, was diagnosed last month with a brain tumor and underwent brain surgery in Houston.

The idea of helping made short work of any barriers that previously stood between the various fitness businesses, the employees of which knew, worked with and cared for Blair.

The combined passion of that community led to the Sweat for Scott fundraiser, which is set to touch down in Steamboat Springs this weekend. It will include a little bit of everything from every corner of town.

The action will begin at 4 p.m. Friday at 11th Street and Lincoln in downtown Steamboat Springs. There, four Steamboat businesses will lead their own 30-minute fitness classes on the street for a $10 donation per session. That will include a CrossFit class, a session from the Old Town Hot Springs staff, a yoga class co-taught by instructors from two Steamboat studios and a Zumba and cardio class from Elevation Dance Studio.

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In the midst of all that, there will be entertainment in the way of the Chippendales Local Males Dance-Off, challenging Steamboat's men to learn a quick dance from Renee Fleischer, then compete to collect the most tips.

"It will be hilarious," Puckett said.

Steamboat Pilates also will offer a full day of Friday classes to benefit Blair.

In addition, Friday will feature activities at Splatz Canvas and Wine, where people will be able to paint a canvas with a message for Blair or anyone else for $20. The paintings then will be hung at the Blair house. Comb Goddess hair salon will offer $20 hair blowouts and nail polishing, all to benefit Blair.

Saturday will bring even more activities. Manic Training will offer a class at 7:30 a.m., and The Yoga Center of Steamboat will offer a class at 4:20 p.m. to benefit Blair.

Finally, Steamboat CrossFit will offer a 10 a.m. class Sunday to finish off the busy weekend of fundraising activity.

Those hoping to offer support also can purchase a "passport" good for classes at Steamboat Pilates Yoga and Fitness, Elevation Dance Studio, Manic Training, Steamboat CrossFit, Old Town Hot Springs, Yoga Center of Steamboat and Bella Barre Studio.

Add in other donations flowing in from local businesses for a drawing and other support, and it's clear raising money for Blair has become a unifying effort across town.

"He brought us together in a lot of ways," Puckett said. "He brought us together in every way, actually."

For more information, contact Steamboat Pilates at 970-879-6788.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253 or email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com

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