Third annual Color Run set for Saturday |

Third annual Color Run set for Saturday

If you go

What: Third annual Color Run

Where: Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs

When: Saturday, 2 p.m.

How: Pre-register from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at Twisted Trails Running Company, and on Saturday beginning at 12:30 p.m. near the start of the race. Cost is $30 for adults and $15 for kids.

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Color flies high last fall at the second annual Steamboat Color Fun Run at Howelsen Hill in downtown Steamboat Springs. The event drew hundreds of runners. They came head-to-toe in white and left head-to-toe covered in a rainbow. The event wrapped up with the runners gathering to toss packets of the color — colored corn starch — into the air, making a huge colored cloud.
Joel Reichenberger

— Comical, colorful and carefree are accurate descriptions of Saturday’s third annual Color Fun Run at the base of Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs.

“It’s hilarious. The smiles you see on people’s faces who are doing this and running by kind of makes the event,” said event organizer Todd Gollnick. “Everyone is just happy, and it’s so different than what most people might do around here as far as competitive running events.”

Gollnick, along with his wife, Heather, own Get Fit Family Racing, which puts on the event. The company is also known for the summer’s Tri the Boat half-Ironman at Stagecoach State Park.

However, the Color Run is the event that most represents what the company wants to do in regards to community-based fitness events.

“We found out right away, in our first year, that this was just really an awesome, fun event for families,” Todd Gollnick said. “It’s really something everybody in the family can do, and it’s one of the reasons why it’s been one of our most enjoyable events.”

The run/walk starts at 2 p.m. Saturday at the base of the ski jumps. Participants will have the option of doing either a one- or three-mile route. There will be six stations spread out throughout the course, each giving runners a chance to add a little color to their clothing.

At the conclusion, there will be a “color bomb” under the finish arch, where runners will receive small packets of colored powder to throw into the air as a group. The run will not be timed.

The course started at the rodeo grounds the previous two years, but with ongoing construction at the site, everything was shifted over to Howelsen Hill. For this reason, Gollnick said about 50 percent of the course will be different from the previous two years.

Cost for the event is $30 for adults and $15 for children. The price includes a Zumba warm-up, the run, and the after-party at Colorado High 5. Adults will receive a ticket for a free beer, courtesy of Butcherknife Brewing Company, while kids will receive a free pizza and soda from Colorado High 5.

Various prizes will be awarded, some going to the most “colorful” children and the best-themed group.

“The whole thing has a real festival feel to it,” Gollnick said. “People just enjoy it because it’s something out of the norm.”

Registration and packet pickup is available from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday at Twisted Trails Running Company, 601 Lincoln Ave. For the stragglers, there will be a final chance to register beginning at 12:30 p.m. Saturday near the start of the race at Howelsen Hill.

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

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