The fun for some of us begins WAY before the big showtime lights turn on (it’s a daytime event, just seemed cooler telling it this way). Staff, volunteers, and those who might have been conned into helping out start working on the race many months ahead of time. I’m fortunate enough to help set the course with one of my best friends and then run an aid station both days at the top of Emerald Mountain. It’s a pretty cool feeling to hear feedback from racers on how the course was well-marked and that it rocked from beginning to end. I’ve even heard racers say, “that was one of the hardest races I’ve ever done, it kicked the crap out of me, but I had the BEST TIME EVER!”
I think that everyone has different views on what racing means to them. For me, I want to kick butt on-course, but at the same time — it’s all about the experience and comradery. The Steamboat Stinger does just that — it gives you an amazing experience on some super fun trails, put on by wonderful people ready to lend a hand, some energy chews, or just give a big old high five of encouragement!
Come check out the race (or races) to see it firsthand — and then maybe next time you might even race it – or volunteer at an aid station to help #sweetentheburn. See you this weekend!
For more information, visit https://www.honeystinger.com/steamboat-stinger