Line up for running and bike races
CARBONDALE, Colo. Runners and cyclists hoping for a workout this weekend are in luck.For runners, the Mount Sopris Runoff – a 16.5-mile run from Basalt to Carbondale – is taking place Saturday, and for bikers, the Porcupine Loop Bike Race will be held Sunday.Both finish at Sopris Park, directing participants into the Carbondale Mountain Fair.The Runoff, which usually draws around 50 runners, will begin at the 7-Eleven in downtown Basalt at 8 a.m. The course ascends approximately 1,500 feet on West Sopris Creek Road and then descends roughly 1,800 feet on Prince Creek Road into Carbondale.Preregistration forms are now available at Ute Mountaineer in Aspen, Basalt Bike and Ski, Ajax Bikes in Carbondale and Summit Canyon in Glenwood. The entry fee is $22 prior to the race or $24 on race day. The price includes a Mountain Fair/Sopris Runoff T-shirt and finish-line refreshments. A free shuttle will be available at 11:15 a.m. to return runners to Basalt. Race-day registration begins at 7:15 a.m. at the Basalt 7-Eleven.Silt’s acclaimed runner Bernie Boettcher won last year’s race, finishing the event in 1 hour, 49 minutes and 46 seconds. For more information on the race, call Bruce Gabow at 927-4135.For mountain bikers looking for a peddling challenge, the fourth annual Porcupine Loop offers a 14.8-mile course on the Porcupine Loop Trail with a finish at Sopris Park. Riders need to meet at Euclid Avenue and Weant Boulevard in downtown Carbondale. They will then ride together to the starting line on Prince Creek Road. The cost is $25 and all entries get a T-shirt.Mark Weinhold has won the race the last two years, taking the 2006 title in a 32-rider field with a time of 41 minutes and 46 seconds. For more information on the Porcupine Loop Bike Race, call 948-6478.
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As the heat of the summer gives way to cooler mornings, summer trail race opportunities are slowly coming to an end.