Hayden Cog Run looms as running and biking race season approaches

From The Steamboat Pilot & Today

by Joel Reichenberger

Matt Milde runs down the Cog road near Hayden during last year’s Hayden Cog Run. The grueling early-season running race is back this year, one of the first events of the running and biking season.

Skiing and snowboarding season has already given way to running and cycling season for many local athletes who started airing up their tires and lacing up their sneakers before the lifts stopped turning. The competitive season for those athletes is coming up quickly, as well.

The first event of the Steamboat Springs Running Series is less than two weeks away, and an important deadline is even closer than that.

The Hayden Cog Run will celebrate its 40th anniversary on May 5 with a grueling early-season test, 8.4-miles up the Cog road in Hayden.

Signing up for the race in years past has usually included a race t-shirt, and it does again this year, but years of leftover boxes of shirts have encouraged organizers to set Wednesday as a deadline for signing up online and getting a shirt.

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