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Steamboat Pentathlon

2009 Steamboat Pentathlon - March 7, 2009

Stage 1 - Alpine Skiing (400 vertical feet) Alpine skiers charge 400 feet up Howelsen Hill on foot, put on their choice of alpine, nordic, telemark or snowboard equipment & race down 400 vertical feet to the transition area to begin the snowshoe course. This course is an expert run - expect hard-packed conditions.

Stage 2 - Snowshoeing (2.5 miles) Snowshoers travel south from the transition area up "Long John" following a path through meadows and then proceeding down a beautiful winding path back to the transition area.

Stage 3 - Cross Country Skiing (4 miles) Nordic racers will traverse on an intermediate/expert mountain course on a groomed track utilizing a portion of the Häkan Spär loop and the Bluffs loop. Skiers may choose either classic or skate-skiing style.

Stage 4 - Mountain Biking (12 miles) Racers bike on a winding road which follows along the scenic Yampa River for an out-and-back course. The road remains open to traffic, so caution is of utmost importance when competing in this portion of the race. Helmets are mandatory & drafting will not be permitted. Only 26 x 1.9" or larger size tires are allowed.

Stage 5 - Running (5 miles) Racers run along a paved surface on the Yampa River Core Trail for an out-and-back course (this time on the opposite side of the river). Race participants return to the finish line in the transition area at Howelsen Hill.

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Or contact: Kate Warnke

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