Trio of races set for Steamboat Springs this weekend |

Trio of races set for Steamboat Springs this weekend

— Autumn may be in full force in Steamboat Springs, with changing leaves and cool nights, but this weekend is yet another packed with outdoor events. A trio of races is set for Steamboat Springs on Saturday and Sunday.

Steamboat Sneak

• 10 a.m. Saturday, Steamboat Springs Middle School, $25 for adults, $10 for children

The third annual Steamboat Sneak hopes to raise money to help the Parent Information Committee, which divvies up its funds between Strawberry Park and Soda Creek elementary schools in Steamboat Springs.

The event includes a 5-kilometer run plus a short fun run for children not up for the longer event. There will be a clock kept, but times won’t be recorded.

“It’s not so much about running the race as it is getting out there as a family,” event organizer Cristina Magill said.

The event drew 350 people a year ago, and Magill is hoping to top that and the $8,000 that was raised. She set her eyes on topping $10,000.

“That money goes right back to the schools,” she said. “It supports educational programs, school events such as teacher appreciation day, family events, book fair, science fair and other PIC related events.”

The event is the first of two races this weekend associated with the Steamboat Springs Winter Running Series.

Quick and Chainless downhill mountain bike race

• 1 p.m. Saturday, Steamboat Ski Area, $30 to $40

The Steamboat Ski Area will usher in the closing weekend for its downhill mountain bike trails with one last thrilling race down the still-fresh downhill mountain bike trails on Mount Werner.

The race, open to intermediate and advanced men and women, costs $30. An extra $10 will be required for athletes who don’t already have bike passes for the ski area. Registration ends at 5 p.m. Friday. Each bike’s chain must be removed before the start of the race, forcing riders to maximize their momentum as they flow down the hill.

Check-in will be available from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Steamboat Bike Shop at the base of the ski area, and there’s a riders meeting at 12:30 p.m. for all participants. Awards and a concert by Acutonic will follow at 3:30 p.m. from the stage in Gondola Square.

Hahn’s Peak Wildflower Loop

• 10 a.m. Sunday, Hahn’s Peak Village, $25 for adults, children pay their age

The Hahn’s Peak Wildflower Loop, another Winter Running Series race, is back for it second year, and it again hopes to challenge Routt County runners with a thoroughly unique experience. The day’s longest course wraps 15 miles around Hahn’s Peak, the same path but the opposite direction the race took a year ago.

“It will run a lot better this way,” organizer Dave Mark said. “The initial climb was really difficult last year. This year, it will be more gradual. The trails are beautiful right now. We’ve had a lot of moisture, but they’re in great shape.

“Running around the cone of Hahn’s Peak is a pretty unique experience.”

That 15-mile version and a 5-mile race begin at 10:30 a.m. A children’s one-mile fun run will take place at 10 a.m. in Hahn’s Peak Village.

The event raises money for the North Routt Community Charter School Nordic ski program. Mark said organizers were hoping for an increased turnout from last year’s race.

“We put on the Glide the Divide ski race for 10 years, so we know it takes awhile to grow an event,” he said. “We’re willing to invest the time in this. It’s worthwhile. We enjoy working with the Winter Running Series, and we’re hoping this can be a great fundraiser in the future for us.”

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email or follow him on Twitter @JReich9

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