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Steamboat Stinger

 Mountain Bike Race - Saturday, August 11, 2018

Marathon & Half Marathon - Sunday, August 12, 2018




Mark your calendars registration will open on January 1, 2018 at noon!


All 2017 Bike and Run Results



In 2017 we are proud to announce the seventh annual Steamboat Stinger. The Steamboat Stinger, now a Colorado classic, aims to provide a challenging backcountry race experience showcasing some of Steamboat Springs' finest singletrack. The Steamboat Stinger is also a fundraiser for Partners in Routt County (Local Youth Mentoring Group) and Routt County Riders (Local IMBA Chapter).


     Partners in Routt CountyRoutt County Riders






In addition to the mountain bike race, we will also feature a full and half trail marathon. These two events can be separate; or if you wish to take the ultimate challenge, you can participate in both events - the 50 mile solo mountain bike race as well as the 26.2 trail marathon the next day. The combined male and female winner shall be crowned King Sting or Queen Bee of the Steamboat Stinger.


These events are true to Steamboat Springs' tradition: epic fun with an added bit of western flair. Giddy up!



You can expect singletrack…lots of it. Beginning at the Howelsen Hill Ski Area right in the heart of Steamboat, the course takes an extended tour deep into the beautiful backcountry of Routt County before returning to the transition/finish area. Racers will wind through open meadows, aspen forests and wild sage gardens offering incredible views of the surrounding peaks and valleys. It's a 50+ mile race, composed of two 26.2 mile loops - 100% of which are on dirt featuring 90% singletrack. 


The course for the full trail marathon will be exactly the same as one lap of the mountain bike course which is approximately 26.2 miles long.

The half marathon trail will not include Ridge Trail, Cow Creek or Beall Trail. Full couse map below.


Stinger Map




Each aid station will be stocked with your favorite Honey Stinger waffles, gels, and chews as well as chips, cookies, soda, and water.  Once again our buddies at NUUN will have delicious electrolyte mix on course to keep you hydrated throughout the race.  Bike aid stations are located at: Prayer Flag Road, Ridge/Beall Trailhead, Cow Creek Trailhead, and Howelsen Base.  Aid stations for the marathon are located at: Prayer Flag Road, Ridge/Beall Trailhead, Cow Creek Trailhead, and two unmanned water stations at the Quarry and bottom of Ricky’s Ridge. 

All roads and trails will be open to the public on race day so please be mindful of other trail users. Trail litter will not be tolerated so Packet In. Packet Out.™

The Steamboat Stinger trail marathon and half marathon are also race number seven in the Steamboat Springs Running Series race series.  For more information on the series visit www.runningseries.com


Strider Kids


Again this year we are giving the kiddos an opportunity to be a part of the Steamboat Stinger.  At the base of Howelsen Hill there will be a Kids’ Strider Adventure Zone!  The Stinger Strider Adventure Zone is a safe and friendly environment that encourages kids of all abilities from 18-months to 5-years-old to test ride a Strider Bike and play with other kids, while improving and developing fundamental bike handling skills.  Have your own Strider Bike? Bring it! Open both Saturday & Sunday during the Steamboat Stinger from 9:30am – 2pm.




**Schedule still subject to change, stay posted for updates

Friday, August 11 - Packet Pick Up
12:00pm -7:00pm - Packet pick up at BAP!
(BAP is the "Little Red House" on 735 Oak Street, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477)
Course open for pre-riding and inspection from 8am-8pm (Howelsen Hill)

Saturday, August 12 - Mountain Bike Race
**No packet pick up for Mountain Bike Race
7:45 am   – Mandatory racer meeting at Start/Finish Line
8:00 am   – Pro/Open Men start
8:10 am   – Pro/Open Women, Duo Categories, and Single Speed start
8:20 am   – Citizen Men, Citizen Women, and Clydesdale start
9:00 am   –  Packet pick up for running races open until noon
9:30 am   –  Kids' Strider Bike Adventure Zone open until 2pm
12:00 pm  – Second lap cut off time
2:00 pm   – Awards

Sunday, August 13 - Marathon & Half Marathon
**No packet pick up for Trail Running Races
6:45 am   – Mandatory racer meeting at base of Howelsen Hill – Start/Finish Line
7:00 am   – Marathon start
7:30 am   – Half Marathon start
9:30 am   – Kids' Strider Bike Adventure Zone Open until 2pm
12:00 pm  – Marathon cut off time at half marathon turnaround
12:00 pm  – Awards
2:00 pm   – Marathon cut off time



Mountain bike race:

   • Solo categories will ride two 26.2 mile loops.
   • Duo categories will ride one 26.2 mile loop each.

Trail running race
   • Full trail marathon distance 26.2 miles, one full loop.
   • Half trail marathon distance 13.1 mile, one short loop on the frontside of Emerald Mountain.


Mountain bike race solo:

   • Solo Pro/Open Men 
   • Solo Citizen Men
   • Solo Pro/Open Female
   • Solo Female Citizen
   • Solo Male Singlespeed
   • Solo Female Singlespeed
   • Clydesdale – 200lbs+

Mountain bike race duo:
   • Duo Male
   • Duo Female
   • Due Co-ed

Trail running race:
   • Full Trail Marathon Male
   • Full Trail Marathon Female
   • Half Trail Marathon Male
   • Half Trail Marathon Female

King Sting/Queen Bee:
   • King Sting (50 Mile Solo Mtb, Full Trail Marathon)
   • Queen Bee (50 Mile Solo Mtb, Full Trail Marathon)

   • Pro/Open - If you hold a Pro or Cat 1 license, this is the class for you.
   • Citizen - All other racers. Remember, sandbagging is lame.
   • Cyldesdale - If you're 200lbs or over, this is your class.

Mountain bike race:

   • Solo categories: $95
   • Duo categories: $170

Trail running race:
   • Full Marathon: $65
   • Half Marathon: $50

Bundling Prices:
If you sign up for the MTB race and also want to add the run, you'll get $10 off.
Does not apply to King Sting of Queen Bee.

The race is limited to 500 mountain bikers and 400 runners.
This race fills up quickly so please plan ahead!


Mountain bike race
– there will be awards following the races honoring the finishers in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places for each category.

Trail running race – there will be awards following the races honoring the finishers in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places for marathon and half marathon in the following age categories: 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60+.


We reserve the right to alter the race course at any time up until race day but we promise it will still be a hard and fun day in the saddle or on foot! A rain cancellation is a possibility as well.  The City of Steamboat Springs has final say on race day conditions. Slick mud on Howelsen Hill is not good for riding or for trail health.

Earthquake, rain, plague, locusts, hellfire, etc policy: sometimes there are just things beyond mortal control. Depending upon our options and conditions at the time of the event we reserve the right to cancel, postpone, or reschedule the event.

There is a waitlist, so if you are not able to race, you will be given a refund date dependent and the next person in line on the waitlist will recieve an entry.
This also means the following requests will not be accomodated:
      • Transferring from Solo to Duo or vice versa.
      • Transferring from running race to mountain bike race or vice versa.

60 days prior to the event you will be reimbursed your full entry fee.
Beyond June 13, you will be reimbursed 50% of your entry fee.
No refunds, transfers, or registration changes will be allowed past July 31.

Your 2017 race registration can NOT be transferred to the 2018 Steamboat Stinger under any circumstances.

Mountain bike race - due to the constraints of our permit, we will have a cut off time of 12:00 pm at the start/finish for riders leaving on their second lap.

Trail running race - due to safety and aid station management will have a 2:00 pm cut off time for the marathon.  Additionally, full marathon runners will need to reach the turnaround station at the Ridge/Beall trailhead for the half marathon by 12:00 pm in order to be allowed to continue on to the full marathon course.

The Steamboat Stinger is leaving nothing to chance when it comes to your safety and health. Race day event medical services will be provided by Event Medical Solutions Unlimited (EMS Unlimited). Mobile rapid response event paramedics and EMTs will be strategically placed, ready to act immediately and provide life-saving emergency treatment even in the most remote parts of the course. Two medical aid tents provided by EMS Unlimited, equipped with everything from IV's and EKG machines to ice packs and wound irrigation fluids will be available to race participants and spectators alike. EMS Unlimited is Colorado's premier provider of event medical services that specializes in destination/mountain communities and remote access events, visit them at www.ems-unlimited.com for more information.

Sanctioning for the mountain bike race will be provided by USA Cycling. Competitive permit #2014-2144. A one day license payment of $10 is included in your mountain biking race registration fees.


The eigth annual Steamboat Stinger is tentatively scheduled for August 11 & 12, 2018




Shoot us an email at SteamboatStinger@honeystinger.com


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