Steamboat Springs Running Series opens Saturday |

Steamboat Springs Running Series opens Saturday

— The 34th annual Hayden Cog Run opens the 2013 season of the Steamboat Springs Running Series on Saturday.

Far from the easiest, the Cog Run is one of the most storied.

“It’s one of the longest-standing races in Colorado,” race Director Jill Delay said. “I’m not sure it’s the longest. The Bolder Boulder may dispute that. But it’s certainly one of the longest.”

The history behind the race is akin to the difficulty of the course. There is a shorter 5-kilometer run, but the beast is the 8.4-mile run that sends runners uphill for more than 3 miles before returning them down the same road.

The event, which begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, features the two races that each begin at Hayden Town Park.

The 5-kilometer run goes south from there and travels on paved roads. The Cog Run starts at the park, goes north and up Routt County Road 76. The first mile is flat, but then the course climbs to the top of the bluffs that overlook town.

Preregistration is available at Online registration ends at 8 p.m. Friday. The cost is $25. People are highly encouraged to register online.

Initial numbers are strong for the race. After last year saw just 50 people compete, Delay said Thursday morning that more than 40 people already had registered.

People can register Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., but the cost increases to $30.

The race is the first in the 13-race Running Series.

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email

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