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2014 Mount Werner Classic - 50K Trail Run

Mt. Werner Classic 50K Trail Run Trail Runner - 2014 Trophy Series



Note about 2015 Race - I wanted to officially communicate to all of you that I was unsuccessful in my attempts to find a local race director willing to take over the Mt. Werner Classic 50K Trail Run.  Therefore we've made the difficult decision to table the race in 2015.  We are hopeful that if the race takes a year off, someone will step forward to lead it again in 2016.  Thanks to all of you for your support of our race over the past few years, we couldn't have done it without you!

“After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb." - Nelson Mandela

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In order to help ensure the safety of our runners and respect the time of our volunteers there will be an OUTBOUND CUTOFF time of 3 hours and 15 minutes (10:15 am) at the top of Mt. Werner (9.4M).  This cutoff will be strictly enforced by my husband.  No runner will be allowed to continue running after the outbound cutoff has passed (with or without a bib).  Runners missing the cutoff will be transported by vehicle to the top of the gondola to download on their own.  This is a difficult 50K and not recommended to anyone as their first 50K.  If you don't think that you can make the cutoff, please consider trying another 50K first before signing up for this event.  There will be no refunds for people missing the outbound cutoff.  This cutoff time was set based on the 2012 race splits.  All runners who missed this 3 hour and 15 minute cutoff in 2012, ultimately ended up missing future cutoffs.  No runner who finished the 2012 race would have missed this cutoff.  No runners in 2013 missed the outbound cutoff.

Volunteer Information - In 2014, we need upwards of 45 volunteers to make this race a success.  If you are interested in helping out please check out our volunteer openings online - - All volunteers will receive post race food and whatever else we can come up with to thank you for your time commitment to this great event...since without you, this race would not be possible!

What people are saying about our race:

The Mt. Werner Classic is a sustainable, environmentally friendly green trail running event. Our most ambitious effort to date was to completely eliminate cups from the 2009 race. Instead that year we offered handheld water bottles from Ultimate Direction (UD) for runner's on the course.  In 2014, we will remain a cupless trail running event!  What does this mean to you, the runner; bring your own water container to run with.  There will be plenty of water at the aid stations, but you will need something to put it in.

  • The Mt. Werner Classic is a one distance race and in 2014 will NOT include the 5M and 12M courses as run in previous years.    
  • The race is directed by the same group as the six previous years.
  • We continue as a Zero Waste Green trail running event.
  • Once again, no cups on the course.
  • Online registration only and no day-of registration.
  • We are a participating race in the 2014 Trail Runner Trophy Series 
  • Special awards will be given for Male/Female in the following categories
    • Caboose
    • Most Memorable Runner
    • Best Volunteer
    • Best Young Runner - first finisher 25 years and younger
    • King of the Mountain - first runner to the top of Mt. Werner on the outbound
  • Medical support will be provided by Event Medical Solutions Unlimited
  • New in 2014
    • Packet pick-up will be on Friday July 25th from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm at Ski Haus (Pine Grove Rd and Highway 40)
    • In an effort to minimize waste, the Patagonia race shirt will be an optional add-on to your online registration through June 15, 2014.  After that date, runners will only be able to register for the no-shirt option.
    • The Christy Aid station (2.1 miles from start and finish) will be an unmanned water-only aid station in 2014.

What: 50K trail run

When: Saturday, July 26th, 2014. Packet pick-up is from 6 am to 6:45 am on race day in Gondola Square between the stage and the promenade.  Race starts at 7 am and the course is open for 9 hours until 4 pm.  We will also have packet pickup on the evening of Friday July 25th at Ski Haus from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.  The post race awards / raffle will be held on Sat. July 26th at 3 pm.

Where: All runners meet at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area next to the Gondola in Gondola Square.

Registration: Registration for 2014 is open at  The 2014 race will be capped at 125 runners.  There is no race day registration for this event.  There is no paper registration at Ski Haus for this race; online registration only.  There will be no wait list for runners.  Once the event if full, we will close registration.  We will not offer any registration roll forwards or refunds due to illness, injury or scheduling conflicts.  Please don't even ask for an exception as it puts us in an awkward position.

What you receive: Optional entry gift, great food, finisher medal, custom race bib, prizes for Top 3 M & F Open as well as Top 3 M & F Masters (40 & up), race within a race awards and raffle entry prizes for all registered participants. The 2014 entry gift will be an optional Patagonia technical shirt made with e-fibers (This product is made from an environmentally conscious fabric like organically grown cotton, Tencel® lyocell, hemp, chlorine-free wool, recycled polyester or recycled nylon).  In an effort to minimize waste, race registration through June 15th will allow you to add on the Patagonia race shirt for an additional fee.  After June 15th, adding the Patagonia race shirt will no longer be an option.

The Course:

Course Map & Race Profile


  • Starting and Ending Elevation - 6,896 ft.
  • High point - 10,400 ft.
  • Elevation Gain - 6,300 ft.

Aid Station Mileage & Cutoff times (7 am race start)

Aid Station Supplies and Staffing Mileage on Outbound Mileage on Inbound

Outbound cutoff times

Inbound cutoff times

Start & Finish - Gondola Square Food, Water, Medical, Volunteers 0 Miles 31 Miles N/A 4:00 pm
Aid 1 & 7 - Top of Christy Chairlift No Food, Water, No Medical, No Volunteers 2.1 Miles 28.9 Miles N/A N/A
Aid 2 & 6 - Rainbow Saddle Food, Water, Medical, Volunteers 5.3 Miles 25.7 Miles N/A 3:00 pm
Aid 3 & 5 - Top of Storm Peak Food, Water, Medical, Volunteers 9.4 Miles 22.9 Miles 10:15 am 2:00 pm
Aid 4 - Long Lake Food, Water, Medical, Volunteers 16.1 Miles Turnaround - N/A Noon Noon

Course Descriptions:

The Mt. Werner Classic is a 50K trail running race.  We will have only one distance this year and will not have a 5M or 12M course as in year's past.  Look for this these shorter distances to return in future years.

This will be an out and back course with a slight variation on the return.  There will be four different aid stations on the course (seven in total) including one next to the Snowmaking Building at the top of the Christie Lift, one at Rainbow Saddle, one at the top of Storm Peak and one at the Long Lake turnaround.

Runners are advised to bring their own water bottles or a camelback for those in-between sections. Those interested in volunteering for this race will be compensated with post race food and whatever else we can come up with to thank you!

  • Zig Zag to Yoo Hoo to Valley View Trail (Aid Station 1 near the Snowmaking Buiding).
  • Continue up the Valley View Trail, down Spur Run Trail, left onto Moonlight, right onto Elkhead Trail (Aid Station 2 at Rainbow Saddle).
  • After Aid Station 2, follow Duster to Pete’s Wicked Trail to the top of Storm Peak (Aid Station 3 near Buddy Werner’s statue).
  • From the Top of Mt. Werner continue onto Mountain View Trail (FS Trail 1032) right onto Fish Creek Falls Trail (FS Trail 1102) to Long Lake, around Long Lake to Intersection with Fish Creek Reservoir Road (Aid Station 4 and the race turnaround).
  • Runners will then retrace their steps around Long Lake, back onto Fish Creek Falls Trail, taking a left onto the Mountain View Trail back to the top of Storm Peak (Aid Station 5).
  • Descend Pete’s Wicked Trail to the intersection with Cathy’s Cutoff, taking a right onto Cathy’s Cutoff.  Descend Cathy's Cutoff to the intersection with Sunshine Trail, taking a right onto Sunshine Trail.  Descend Sunshine Trail to the junction with Storm Peak Challenge and take a left following it back to Rainbow Saddle (Aid Station 6).
  • Runners will then follow the same course, in reverse order, as they did on the ascent; Elkhead, Moonlight, Spur Run and Valley View, passing through Aid Station 7 near the Snomaking Building.
  • Runners continue to descend via the combination of the Valley View, Yoo Hoo, and Zig Zag Trails on the lower mountain, finishing where they began, in Gondola Square.
  • Total Mileage: 31 miles
  • Elevation Gain: Roughly 5,100 ft.
  • Note: Ski Area Mountain bike trails can be viewed online by name using Trail Map -> Mountain Biking Trails  

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

What is going to be at the aid stations?

There are 4 different aid stations (7 in total), all of which you will pass by twice; with the exception of the turnaround of course.  Each aid station (except Christy) will be stocked with water, Tailwind, energy bars, energy gummies and a variety of ultra running snacks (think pretzels, PB&J, turkey and cheese wraps, potato chips, etc).  If you need something special to run with (electrolyte tabs, gels, salt tabs, etc. - please plan to carry it yourself).  New in 2014 - the Christy Aid Station will be an unmanned aid station stocked only with water.

Please bring your own water carrying device because the aid stations won't have cups.

Can I have a pacer / can I bring a drop bag?

No and No.  This is not an easy 50K.  With roughly 5,100 ft. of elevation gain and considerable time spent above 10,000 feet; if you think that you need a drop bag or a pacer than you likely should try another 50K first. 

Do you have a distance/elevation chart profile for both courses?

I have had someone create an elevation profile of the course, a "Map My Hike" as well as a Google Earth fly-over video.  Check them out as they are all quite impressive.

Do you have a cut-off time for the 50K?

We ask that all runners be able to finish the 50K in 9 hours or less.  Detailed cut-off times are provided in the above Aid Station distance table. An outbound cut-off of 3 hours and 15 minutes, at mile 9.5 (the top of Mt. Werner).

When is packet pick-up for the race?

Packet pickup takes place on the morning of the race, Saturday July 26th, at the Base of the Steamboat Ski Area in Gondola Square from 6 am - 6:45 am. We will also have packet pick-up the evening before the race at Ski Haus from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.

I don't know the area very well, how do I get to the race start?

There are many ways to get to the base area, but the simplest for someone unfamiliar with the area is to take Hwy 40 and exit at Mt. Werner Road (the only overpass exit in Steamboat).  Head up towards the ski area.  There is a parking garage between the Steamboat Grand Hotel and the Sheraton Hotel that is free.  Walk towards the gondola building in Gondola Square and you will find packet pick-up set up next to the Gondola building.

Here is a link to a Google map


Additional Information on the Mt. Werner Classic Event

Course Records

  • Open (M) - Dan Berteletti (31) - 4:43:20 - 2014
  • Open (F) - Nicole Clement (24) - 5:25:57 - 2014
  • Master (M) - Bill Goldsmith (40) - 4:51:08 - 2013
  • Master (F) - Anita Ortiz (50) - 5:07:39 - 2014
  • King of the Mountain - Cory Linfield - 1 hour 30 min - 2013
  • Queen of the Mountain - Anita Ortiz - 1 hour 47 min - 2014
  • Best Young Runner (M) - Lewis Price (22) - 4:57:23 - 2013
  • Best Young Runner (F) - Nicole Clement (24) - 5:25:57 - 2014


Final 2014 Mt. Werner Classic 50K Race Results with Aid Station Splits

Race within a Race Winners

  • King of the Mountain - Dan Berteletti - 1 hour 37 min
  • Queen of the Mountain - Anita Ortiz - 1 hour 47 min
  • Best Young Runner (M) - Nicholas Ramberg (25) - 5:57:44
  • Best Young Runner (F) - Nicole Clement (24) - 5:25:57
  • Most Memorable Runner (M) - Patrick Garcia
  • Most Memorable Runner (F) - Marcy Beard
  • Caboose (M) - Adam Bierstedt - 8:54:35
  • Caboose (F) - Caroline Caldwell - 8:49:41
  • Best Volunteer (M) - Todd Givnish
  • Best Volunteer (F) - Martha Bonin


Final 2013 Mt. Werner Classic 50K Race Results with Aid Station Splits

Race within a Race Winners

  • King of the Mountain - Cory Linfield - 1 hour 30 min
  • Queen of the Mountain - Cassie Scallon - 1 hour 52 min
  • Best Young Runner (M) - Lewis Price (22) - 4:57:23
  • Best Young Runner (F) - None
  • Most Memorable Runner (M) - Harry Niedl
  • Most Memorable Runner (F) - Shayna Cooke
  • Caboose (M) - Michael Derby - 8:54:08
  • Caboose (F) - Shayna Cooke - 8:36:02
  • Best Volunteer (M) - Ed Conjura
  • Best Volunteer (F) - Amanda Grimes


Final 2012 Race Results with Aid Station Splits 

Race within a Race Winners

Award Type Name Time
King of the Mountain (First Runner to the top of Mt. Werner) - Male Trent Briney 1:37
King of the Mountain (First Runner to the top of Mt. Werner) - Female Rebecca Hall 1:54
Green Jersey (Fastest out and back to/from Storm Peak) - Male Trent Briney 2:06
Green Jersey (Fastest out and back to/from Storm Peak) - Female Rebecca Hall 2:23
Best Young Runner (Top finisher 26 & under) - Male Ethan Lockwood 5:40
Best Young Runner (Top finisher 26 & under) - Female N/A  


Great Photos from the 2011 Mt. Werner Classic


What follows is a list of green initiatives that the race has undertaken:

  • In 2011 - 2013, continued to use reusable plates, forks and spoons for the post race meal.
  • In 2010, we became a Zero Waste event and recycled or composted all but one gallon zip-lock bag full of trash.  We also had HeadSweats visors made out of Cocona® - a material where the activated carbon in the fabric is made from recycled coconut shells – a natural and renewable resource.
  • In 2009, handheld water bottles were provided and the race went completely cupless. All cups were eliminated from the start, finish and the aid stations. Runner's were encouraged to bring their own hydration devices or to use the free Ultimate Direction FastDraw handheld water bottle that were given away at the race.
  • In 2008, reusable logo'd shopping bags were given out to each racer.
  • Ongoing:
    • Online registration, race information and race results
    • Recycling dead trail and road running shoes at the race start. Shoes were donated to Soles4Souls .
    • Recycling bins for any plastic water bottles or drink bottles that runners bring to the race. In 2008-2013, we recycled or composted nearly all post-race waste.
    • Reusable forks, knives, spoons, plates, etc.
    • Encourage runners to ride their bikes and/or carpool to the event from out of town.

If you can think of other ways to help us green-up our event with product sponsorships or good old ideas – please feel free to send them to Race Director Emily Conjura.


Race Director:
Emily Conjura

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