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Memorial Day in the ‘Boat

Memorial Day Weekend. In Steamboat you will never know what Mother Nature is going to throw at you this weekend. Mostly it is rain or snow. It seems Memorial Day Weekend is notoriuos for it’s bad weather. However this one seems to shapping up to be a little different, but I am sure I just jinxed it and now will snow/rain all weekend. Either way the Creekside is ready for you as is Steamboat.

This weekend the patio will open and Soda Creek is running nicely so it should be perfect for a relaxing meal outside. Inside we debuted our new chairs on Wednesday morning so you are quaranteed a cushy seat which will be good after a weekend of Mountain Biking! As for the staff this is the summer employees time to shine, hopefully all of their intense training has paid off and they are ready.

I will be there on Saturday so come say hello. One of our old staff members Sara James (now married as Crow) will be stopping by. I can’t wait to see Sara. She was a wonderful employee and good friend. When Sara was an employee I convinced her to join Jessy, Carri and I in the 24 Hours of Rage in Sage Mountain Bike Race in Gunnison. It would be her first mountain bike race and first night time ride ever. To make it even more fun for her the night included record lows for Gunnison. Sara survived and continued to speak to me after this, Oh and we came in second! She did inform me that she has switched to road biking. Which is great fun to.

So after your meals at the Creekside or before here are some of my favorite Memorial Day events; 32nd Yampa River Festival for a full list of events go to www.friendsoftheyamp.com My favorite parts are the Crazy Dog contest at 2:30PM and the 3:00PM Freestyle Rodeo both on Saturday at Charlie’s Hole by the Library. On Sunday the pros go between Noon and 3PM at Charlies Hole. I like to sit on the side opposite of the library, you can get real close to wave and feel safe. It makes for a great view. Prior to having children I kayaked and believe me it is not easy. Being upside down in the freezing cold Yampa is one thing, then ad the sound of the wave slamming and it makes for a huge rush. However Kayaking is not a family friendly sport so my boat is on hold till the kids get older!

For the kids this weekend it is peak butterfly time. Head to the Botanical Garden and let them chase the butterflies while you sit and absorb their fun. One of the best assests to Steamboat is the Yampa Valley Core Trail. It can become a full day adventure. From the Core trail you can spend the day throwing rocks in the river, walking through the botanical garden and visting the many parks (5, possibly more). And lets not forget the Alpine Slide. The Howler opens this weekend. It is a little pricey but the money goes towards the Winter Sports Club which is a great assest to to the community. They slow the chair lift way down so you can look around and have some special time on the lift with your child before they leave you in the dust on the slide!

I could go on and on but more will come in next weeks post. MARATHON. Cheers, Kelly

Marathon Weekend

The Steamboat Marathon is this weekend, in case you did not know. This year I am opting for a long mountain bike ride instead of a run, or rather my knee is opting for a ride not run. Oh well, I bet the trails will be empty as everyone will be running.

Creekside Insider Information…..come while the runs are taking place. This equals no line!

How to make watching a marathon fun? Bring chalk and write funny jokes on the pavement. Tie a dollar bill to a string and see who tries to pick it up. Offer them bacon at mile 22. Or you can ride your bikes while the people are running and cheer them on. Believe me it helps. By the time you hit the 7-11 you think you are done but noooo it is still over a mile to the finish line and it is all in the sun.

My favorite Steamboat Marathon running story of all time took place last year.

I decided to run the 10K in prepartation for the Steamboat Triathlon (July 22 and Aug 19 this year) which is another great event. At the starting line I ran into one of my friends, Bebe. Bebe was quite the runner prior to having children. Actually my first conversation ever with Bebe was shortly after she had missed qualifing for the Boston Marathon by 2 minutes, I was impressed. So here we are a year later, our children have become friends and we are getting ready to run. Intimidated…yes I was totally.

Bebe asks me what I planned on running I said, “8:30s or so”
I asked her and she said, “10s” which I thought was a little slow but sometime life gets in the way.

So the race starts with a huge uphill, not fun. Up we go, I seem to be in a good pack and it is lots of fun. Bebe seems to be somewhere behind. After the big hill you run out on the Hot Springs Road then turn around and run back on the same road. This is cool because you get to see how far people are infront of you and how far infront of other people you are. As soon as I turned onto the road the first place guy was there. So he is a full mile ahead of me, I never claimed to be a runner, and he is now training for the Olympics. As I make the turn I see Bebe, she is still behind me which to me is very strange. She is a runner, built like one, has the experience of one, what the heck is she doing behind me.

Oh well, next it is up a slight hill then down a big one to Logan St. This is where the race gets deceiving. You think you are done but nope, about 1 mile to go. What is it with the last mile in a running race, why is it always so hard. So I hit the 5 1/2 mile mark and I am done, yep done, tired, legs are like weights and I am wondering how on earth I am going to run a 10K at the end of the Tri in August. All of sudden someone slaps me on the back and say “what the heck are you doing? I have been chasing you for 5 1/2 miles and you are going so slow! Come on run with me.” You guessed it, it was Bebe. She could have blown by me, left me in my agony, but she did not. Instead she slowed her pace a little and said “Do not quit, you can do this, stay with me” What did I say “I do not think I can” What did Bebe say “that is lame, of course you can” So she proceed to prompt me all the way to the finish. We finished together and it was the best running race I have ever run. Thank you Bebe.

Enjoy your Marathon Weekend! Kelly