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2017 Mountain Madness

Many think that the Steamboat Marathon and Half Marathon are the only times to race longer distances on road in Steamboat Springs. Not so! We have another one here for you! The Mountain Madness Half Marathon joins the Hayden Cog and 10K at 10,000 feet as one of the three oldest races in Steamboat Springs and the Running Series. This is a great race held over 4th of July weekend. The Mountain Madness will take runners along beautiful county roads with sweeping views of the Ski Area and the Yampa River.

What: Half Marathon and 10K on paved county roads, and FREE 300 meter kids dash!

When: Saturday, July 1st, 2017.  The start time for the half marathon is 7:30 am and for the 10K race it is 8:00 am. Kids dash will begin at 10:00 am.

Cost: We have two registration options for each distance - frills or no frills!


 The frills option will include a race gift, while the no frills option will be registration only.

  • Half Marathon Frills: $40.00

  • Half Marathon No Frills: $30.00

  • 10k Frills: $35.00

  • 10k No Frills: $25.00

Packet Pick Up: All runners will pick up their bibs for the race on Friday June 30th from 3-6pm at Twisted Trails on Lincoln Avenue in Downtown Steamboat Springs between 6th and 7th Street. You can also pick up your bib the morning of, but we encourage you to pick up on Friday so we can get the race started on time.

 Where: Races will start on River Road at the Parks and Recreation parking lot, next to the Ice Rink. The address is 245 Howelsen Parkway.  If coming from the South on Hwy 40 (Lincoln Ave) take a left hand turn at 5th street. At the T intersection of River Road turn right and park at the Howelsen Hill Sports Complex. You will need to walk to the start using the bike path. You will walk back towards 5th street, cross at the intersection and continue heading south on River Road. You will see the Ice Rink on your right and the start is the very next turn after that. You will need to walk between .3 and .4 miles from the parking area at Howelsen to the race start.

Please carpool, bike, take the free bus or walk from other downtown locations (including Howelsen Hill). There is NO parking at the start and no drop-offs directly at the start. You must be dropped off at the Howelsen Hill Sports Complex.  Runners CANNOT park at the Howelsen Ice Arena nor at the Parks and Rec building (where the start is) as they have done in years past.


10K and Half Marathon Course Map

Aid stations will be stocked with water and Tailwind. Although there will be 3 different aid stations on the course, we highly recommend carrying your own hand-held water bottle to reduce waste and for your own hydration, especially for the half marathon.  10k runners will reach an aid station at approximately 2.5 miles and then again at 3.5 miles (after the turnaround).  Half marathoners will reach an aid station at 2.5 miles, ~ 5.7 miles and one more at the turnaround on River Road; on the way back to the finish, half marathon runners will pass by the first two aid stations again!  Even though there are several opportunities to pick up water at all of these aid stations, the route is very exposed to sun, so please consider bringing your own water carrying device!

-Walkers NOT recommended for half marathon, but are welcome in the 10k.

-Please no pets on course.

-Strollers will be allowed, but please keep in mind that this is a hilly course, and the majority of the race is on county roads, not closed to traffic.

Course Description:


  • The 10k is an out and back on a relatively flat (for Steamboat!) course with 1 short steep hill before the turnaround that is approximately .5 miles long.
  • The Half Marathon follows the same course as the 10k to begin, heading south on River Road paralleling the Yampa River for a time before turning right and heading uphill through Dakota Ridge. The half marathon course then continues on a rolling hilly road and circles back along beautiful River Road with fabulous views of the Steamboat Ski area and the Yampa Valley.

Registration:  PRE-REGISTER ONLINE ONLY! Register early and please remember that post race food is for runners and volunteers. If you would like to ensure that you receive an entry gift, please register before June 18th (if selecting the “frills” option). Day-of registration available only until 7:00am, strictly enforced, and an entry gift is NOT guaranteed for any race-day registrations.  Online pre-registration will shut off at 8:00 pm on Thursday June 29th.  All runners will pick up their bibs for the race on Friday June 30th from 3-6pm at Twisted Trails on Lincoln Avenue in Downtown Steamboat Springs between 6th and 7th Street. You can also pick up your bib the morning of, but we encourage you to pickup on Friday so that we can get the race started on time. There will be no registration for the kids dash.

Post Race Awards and Prizes: To ensure that you receive an entry gift, please register by June 18th (for “frills” registration choice only).  Prizes for top 3 men and top 3 women for each race, great food and raffle entry for all runners!  Awards ceremony and raffle will start promptly at 10:30 am.  Have a great run and be safe!

Note - We do not have finisher medals but we do have a great raffle and the frills option will receive the entry gift.

The 2017 Mountain Madness is a Sustainable Event! Please help us reduce waste by bringing your own cup or water bottle. We will have jugs of fresh water on course and at the finish line for you to refill!

Contact Information:
Email: Katie Black

Northwest Colorado Health (formerly Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association – VNA) will be the nonprofit benefactor of this race. Northwest Colorado Health promotes healthy, thriving communities with high-quality, affordable health services:  Primary care at clinics in Steamboat Springs and Craig, Public Health wellness and prevention programs, Home Health and Hospice.

Course records (since 2010 when new current course was mandated):
CR: Nick Sunseri, 2011, 1:16:17, 
      Nick Parton, 2016, 1:18:53
CR: Emily Harrison, 2016, 1:24:19
      Heather Gollnick, 2014, 1:34:01

2017 Steamboat Springs Running Series Title Sponsor

Twisted Trails Running Co.

Gold Sponsors


     Hardcard Systems Old Town Hot Springs Altra


 Ultimate Direction


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