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SERVES AS QUALIFIER FOR BOSTON MARATHON STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. - April 10, 2013 - The vistas and wide-open spaces unique to Northern Colorado offer a unique setting for sightseers and road warriors, but to tackle a marathon - or half-marathon - in this section of the state instills a lasting impression. Northern Colorado"�s distinctive scenery and ranching heritage take center stage for the Steamboat Marathon, providing the perfect opportunity for a personal experience. The course winds down country roads, follows the fast-moving Elk River and finishes in historic downtown Steamboat Springs. The Steamboat Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K take place on Sunday, June 2, 2013 and the marathon a certified Boston Marathon qualifier. The Steamboat Marathon is a nationally recognized running race with a USATF-Certified Course that has earned accolades throughout the running community, though it is neither a big city race, nor a small trail experience. Aid stations are plentiful and well stocked, but not overdone so the peaceful solitude of this beautiful place is preserved. The marathon starts at 7:30 a.m. in the lazy town of Hahn"�s Peak Village at 8,258 feet - about 20 miles from the Wyoming border. The race start is a casual but exciting affair, punctuated by a "�Ready, set, go' to start the runners. The course takes participants past fields and pastures blooming with the summer"�s first wildflowers and dotted with grazing horses and cows. As runners near the City of Steamboat Springs, the snowy peak of Mt. Werner dominates the view and the crowds grow. The final approach into downtown is an exciting one, with supporters lining the main street - Lincoln Avenue - cheering runners until the last participant crosses the finish line. The marathon finishes at 6,728 feet, though that elevation is deceiving; runners will navigate several hills during the second half of the race providing a consistent challenge to the finish. "The Steamboat Marathon, voted one of the most scenic marathons in the country by Runners World, has the cozy, friendly appeal that only a town like Steamboat can bring, but with the organization of a big city marathon," said Cara Marrs, Steamboat Springs resident and distance runner. "It offers a challenge to the veteran or new runner and truly it's a race where every runner is allotted their own experience and feels that they are celebrated." The Steamboat Half-Marathon course is also a USATF-Certified Course that 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 Steamboat 10K course begins and ends at the courthouse in historic downtown Steamboat Springs and takes runners on a scenic tour of town. Both start at 7:30 a.m. The event also includes the free Honey Stinger Fun Run, open to children ages five years and older. The half-mile race starts and finishes at the courthouse in downtown Steamboat Springs, and begins at 10 a.m. All participants receive a ribbon and a cookie. The Fun Run is open to the first 200 kids to register. For information about the Steamboat Marathon, visit About Steamboat Springs Steamboat"�s unique mix of warm sun, cowboy boots and friendly locals lends an inviting, laid back atmosphere to this historic Colorado resort town, where western heritage meets abundant outdoor adventure. Here, cowboys ride mountain bikes and summer adventure runs the gamut, with options ranging from biking along Steamboat"�s Yampa River Core Trail to exploring the over 500 miles of single track and endless county roads; floating down the Yampa to soaking in one of many natural hot springs; golfing among the peaks and valleys to casting a line for rainbows, browns, brookies, and Snake River cutthroats; and above all, making the most of the long, summer days. Abundant outdoor dining options are perfect for people watching, and festivals and events crowd weekends with interesting options. Throughout the summer Steamboat blooms with activity from Lincoln Avenue to the mountain base and beyond. Get up here and discover an authentic Steamboat Springs summer.

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