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June 25, 2007

2007 USA 10 km Trail Championships & Teva U.S. Mountain Team Selection Race

The Steamboat Springs Running Series has been awarded the USA Track & Field 10k Trail Championship event for the next two years. These championships will be held on June 30, 2007 and June 28, 2008 and will be staged at the Steamboat Ski Area with a start and finish at the Gondola base station. The June 30, 2007 event will also be a qualifying race for the Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team. The top two men and top women will earn automatic berths to the 2007 U.S. Team that will race in the World Trail Championships to be held in Ovrannaz, Switzerland in September.

The event will start and finish at the Steamboat Ski Area Base Gondola station.

Bib/Shirt/Packet pick up will be from noon to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 29th at the Ski Haus sport store on Hwy 40 The Open Race for non-USATF members will start at 8:30 a.m. The USATF race for prize money, USATF Championship awards and World's Team Qualifier will start at 10 a.m. o USATF members will sign up for this 10 a.m. event on Fri at Ski Haus (noon to 9 p.m.), or Sat a.m. at the start/finish area. Awards for both races will start at 11 a.m. If you are running in the USATF, select that race at Bib/Shirt/Packet Pick Up on Friday June 29th at Ski Haus from noon to 9 p.m.

The USATF event winners (USA citizens only): A $5,000 purse will be offered to top overall winners in the USATF event. The prize money will be awarded for both men and women as follows:

$900 for first, $700 for second, $400 for third, $200 for fourth, $150 for fifth, $100 for sixth, and $50 for seventh

2007 USA Trail Championship Awards for the USATF event will have 5yr age brackets: <20, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44 , 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, & 65-69

Top Athletes Who Participate in this Race: We will be willing to pay $35 for each USATF member who can provide proof of a Top 3 finish at any other USATF national competition in the last three years. You can also join USATF on the day of the race for a $30 annual membership fee. These cash awards can be requested with proof of USATF membership, and some type of proof of a Top 3 finish by mailing a request to SBS Running Series at P.O. Box 770646, SBS, CO 80477. Questions should be directed to

Free lodging at the Sheraton Hotel for prior year's 2006 Trail Championship male and female winners and up to three World Team members. Other lodging assistance available to other top athletes. First come, first serve basis. Must be registered in USATF event to qualify. Inquiries should go to

Open event winners: A pair of GoLite $100 trail shoes will be awarded to each age group winner - both male and female. Age groups will be <20, 21-25, 26-30, 31-35, 36-40, 41-45, 46-50, 51-55, 56-60 and >60. A large number of other prizes will be given to those other top finishers and in a raffle drawing including Rudy Project sun glasses, Smartwool apparel and socks, GoLite products and other cool stuff donated by Steamboat Springs local merchants.

Everyone: Each participating athlete in the USATF or Open events will receive a micro weight New Zealand wool short sleeve t-shirt, retail value of >$50, (courtesy of Smartwool Corporation).

A healthy and tasty brunch/lunch will be served for volunteers and participants after the event. B&K Distributors and Anheuser-Busch will provide free beer to participants and a live band will be on hand to add to the festive atmosphere.

Registration: $25 by Weds June 27th / $35 after that date including day of registration

Registrations are available at and at

Pre-registration ($25) via can be done up until June 27th or by mail if mailed by June 20th. Race day registrations ($35) can be done on Friday, June 29th at Ski Haus from noon until 9 p.m. Limited day of registrations will be available from 7 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. at the course start (ski area).

Travel and Hotel Accommodations: The Steamboat Sheraton has been selected as the event's lodging site and race headquarters. Special rates will be provided to entrants upon calling the hotel at Reservations Phone: 970-879-2220 Reservation E-mail: ASK FOR THE USA TRAIL CHAMPIONSHIPS DISCOUNTED RATE

This event further enhances our community's commitment to providing quality and fun running events. We are hoping for between 200 to 300 runners at this championship event. Our running series hosted 3,800 runners at its 14 events last year and with this new event, and with continued growth with its existing races, we expect about 4,500 runners to run in our 15 running races during 2007.

Your Hosts:

Race Director - John Chapman, and Assistant Race Director - Adam Feerst

Course stats refer to attached map.

Distance: approx 3.60mi, 2 loops, as traced on topo program.

Climbing: 1,050' vertical X two loops = 2,100 total vertical

Min/Max Elev: 6,897'/7,937'

Climb/Desc distance: 1.65mi/1.95mi

View Course Map - Aerial View (pdf 361 Kb)

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