Creeks may be dry, but Mt. Sopris Runoff is here |

Creeks may be dry, but Mt. Sopris Runoff is here

There may not have been much of a runoff this year, but, just like the past 22 years, there will be The Runoff.

For those interested in “earning” a weekend of fun at the Carbondale Mountain Fair, the 23rd Annual Mt. Sopris Runoff may be the answer.

The Runoff begins at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Basalt 7-Eleven. The 16.5-mile course features a mixture of paved and gravel roads with the finish line at Sopris Park in Carbondale where the Carbondale Mountain Fair should be in full swing.

The Runoff boasts 1,500 feet of elevation gain from Basalt on West Sopris Creek Road, then descends 1,800 feet on Prince Creek Road into Carbondale.

Silt’s Bernie Boetcher won the event the last two years, clocking in last year at 1 hour, 41 minutes, 49 seconds, while Basalt’s Mary Cote took the women’s honors in 1:58:13.

Preregistration forms are available at Summit Canyon in Glenwood, Ute Mountaineer in Aspen and Ajax Bike and Sport in Basalt and Carbondale. The entry fee is $21 prior to the race and $23 on raceday. Raceday registration begins at 7:15 a.m. For information, call Bruce Gabow at 927-4135.

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