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2017 Spirit Challenge Race and Fun Run

This is a fundraising event for the Yampa Valley Autism Program, proceeds from this race will be made as a donation to YVAP in the name of Jenna Gruben Morrill.

What: The Spirit Challenge is a running event for families that has 3 distances.  The 10k and 5k running races are on paved roads with the 5k having a short section on a wide trail.  The Kid's Fun Run is an 800m run with 2 laps around the Middle School track.  This is the 2nd race of the year for the Steamboat Springs Running Series and a great warm up to summer!  The Spirit Challenge is a long standing race in the series and gives runners a chance to get those feet moving after a long winter in the Yampa Valley.  Come out and support this fun local race.

When: Saturday, May 20th, 2017

            9:00 am (10k and 5k) / 9:15 am (Kid's Fun Run)

Where: Steamboat Springs Middle School, 5100 Amethyst Drive

Registration: Registration options include online, at packet pick-up and day-of race registration.  Online registration closes Thursday May 18th at 8 pm. Registration is available during packet pick-up on Friday May 19th from 4 to 6 pm at Twisted Trails and on race day, Saturday May 20th, from 7:30 to 8:45 am. Races are open to all ages and the 5k & Kid's Fun Run is popular with younger runners, so come one and come all!  Entry gift is ONLY guaranteed for the frills race option and this year it will be a runner's cap.  A no-frills race option is also available for the 10k and 5k race (no entry gift but does include post-race food).  Please remember that post-race food is for runners and volunteers only. 

Packet Pick-Up: At Twisted Trails (Downtown Steamboat on Lincoln Avenue between 6th and 7th Street) from 4 to 6 pm on Friday May 19th.  Runners will be able to register at packet pick-up.

Awards: Announcement of the top three positions in each category of 5k Men, 5k Women, 10k Men, 10k Women will be made immediately following completion of the event. Raffle with amazing gifts to follow awards.

Course Descriptions:

  • 5k run is a scenic, rolling on and off road loop
    • Race leaves from the Strawberry Park Elementary/Middle School parking lot.  
    • Take a left onto Amethyst Dr. and at the intersection of Strawberry Park Road turn left.  
    • Continue on Strawberry Park Road and when it comes to a T, turn left onto N. Park Rd.  
    • Pass through the intersection with Logan.  
    • You will then turn left at Stehley Park onto the Butcherknife trail through Butcherknife Canyon.  When the trial splits, stay right.  
    • The trail will dump you out onto McKinley St. where you will continue straight until the T with Maple Street.  
    • Take a left onto Maple Street and then at the intersection with Amethyst Drive take a left.  
    • Follow Amethyst Dr. back to the road that exits the Strawberry Park Elementary/Middle School parking lot & the race finish line.
  • 10k run is a rolling out and back through Strawberry Park.
    • Race leaves from the Strawberry Park Elementary/Middle School parking lot.
    • Take a left onto Amethyst Dr. and at the intersection of Strawberry Park Road stay right.  
    • Follow the road past the turn-off for Buffalo Pass Road, past the end of the pavement and over the Soda Creek bridge.  
    • You'll continue up a small hill to the intersection with the Highland Rd. - this intersection is the turnaround for the race.  
    • Follow the same course back to the Strawberry Park Elementary/Middle School parking lot & the race finish line.

Aid Stations: Only provided at 10K turnaround - if you need water plan on carrying it with you.

Pets: Leashed pets welcome.

Director:

Pam Wooster - pamelajo927@netzero.com

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