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All Shades of Green in Steamboat

May 13, 2019

Ahhh, spring in Northwest Colorado.  All shades of green are starting to emerge.  Lush green grass, light green leaves budding on the aspen trees, bright green shrubs taking over the mountain fields, and deep green forests emerging from the long winter’s snow.  As I stare out onto the mountain landscape, I delight in the many shades of green that are quickly unfolding into springtime paradise.

Delight your senses as we head into spring and summer in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.  Many visitors and tourists are often in awe when they drive into and around Steamboat making note of how much greener this territory in Northwest Colorado is (in comparison to some other dry parts of the state).  I like to agree this might be Steamboat’s best kept secret – the greenery among the mountains and valley.

One of my favorite events to acknowledge how green Steamboat can be is the Steamboat Marathon.  Taking place on Sunday, June 2nd, runners will run alongside the roaring Elk River through the emerald green pastures on Routt County Road 129.  Views of the snow-capped Colorado mountains surround the vast ranch fields.  Steamboat Marathon was ranked “ “Top 10 Destination Marathons in North America” and for good reason.  It is beyond beautiful.

I try to sign up for this race every year as it seems to be the symbol and start of summer in Northwest Colorado.  I have also made my resident note that the Steamboat Marathon marks one of the greenest weekend’s in Colorado.  It is my favorite run and I love that there is an option to sign up for a 10k, half marathon, full marathon, and a Honey Stinger kid’s fun run.

All races (besides the kid’s fun run) start at 7:30 a.m.  Race information:

-Entry Limit: Marathon - 500 participants, Half Marathon - 1200 participants
-Entry Deadline: 5 p.m., Saturday, June 1, 2019
-The half marathon USATF Certified Course begins at the mid-point of the Marathon course locally known as Moon Hill at an elevation of 6,990' and finishes at the same location as the Marathon in downtown Steamboat Springs.

The Honey Stinger Fun Run is open to little stingers 5 years and older.  It starts at 11:45 a.m. and is a 1/2 mile race on paved road, starting and finishing at the courthouse, in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Registration for the Fun Run is free and takes place the day of the race starting at 10 a.m. on the courthouse lawn facing 5th Street.  All participants receive a prize for participating and cookies at the finish provided by Mountain Brew.  The Fun Run will be capped at the first 200 registrations.

So grab your family and friends to head out to Steamboat the first weekend in June to experience why the Steamboat Marathon is truly one of the most beautiful run’s in North America.  I look forward to seeing you at the finish line.

For more information visit www.steamboatmarathon.com


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