August 8th-23rd, 2020
August 8th-23rd, 2020
After careful consideration, we’ve come to the conclusion that we would not be able to host the EME in a way that will both garner support from our local officials and still allow us to maintain our original mission of hosting Steamboat’s premier single trace race experience. Ultimately, protecting the health and safety of the racers, as well as our community members, is the most important race we are in this summer, and one we all must win!
While that might be hard to hear, there is good news! Knowing that this was always a possibility, we have been preparing for this scenario and are excited to announce the 2020 Emerald Mountain Epic, presented by Honey Stinger, Premier Virtual experience! Through our virtual experience, the event will still support two amazing local non-profits, Partners in Routt County and Routt County Riders!
While you can technically ride/run on any trails, or network of trails, that you would like, we have mapped out a few “suggested routes” for each of our available distances on Emerald Mountain. If you are determined to compare your time this year to how you’ve done on a Stinger course in the past, no problem. Feel free to set your goals and ride/run that route. Again, what matters is that you complete a course of equal or greater distance than the typical EME course. It is important to note, though, that wherever you ride, THIS IS NOT A RACE! Please respect other trail users, and use proper etiquette. These “suggested routes” are all on popular multi-directional trails, and the courses will not be closed. More than anything, we want everyone to simply enjoy time in the great outdoors, whether you set a new PR or stop to take a picture at every turn!
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION WHILE ON ‘COURSE’:
We know that many of our participants will come up with their own Emerald Mountain Epic ‘course’ this year, and that some will flock to Emerald itself to log those miles. A good bit of the following information will pertain to Emerald itself, and some may serve as a more general reminder for those of you out on the trail in Anywhere, U.S.A. Please read and be informed about safety precautions for the virtual race period ahead of us!
Yes, it’s a virtual ride, but we will still have an in-person packet pickup for people that will be in the area. Stop by the Partners in Routt County offices (2673 Jacob Circle) between 4pm-8pm on Friday, August 7th or 7am-10am on Saturday, August 8th. After August 8th, you can pick up packets the week of 8/10 from 9am-5pm at the Partners in Routt County offices during business hours (2673 Jacob Cir. from 9am-5pm M-F)
Why do you need to pick up a packet for a virtual event, you ask? Well, there are still going to be a lot of goodies for you. Even though this is not a typical race, you will still receive a bike plate or run bib that we encourage showing off while completing your ride/run. You’ll also receive your t-shirt, product samples from Honey Stinger, and discount coupons for some of our sponsors! Lastly, you can interact with our friendly staff and ask any questions about completing a virtual event.
If you are not going to be in the Steamboat area on August 7th/8th or the following week, we will mail your packet to you. Since our virtual window will be open before you are likely to receive this, please don’t wait for your packet to get out on the trails!
You can expect singletrack….lots of it. Beginning at the Howelsen Hill Ski Area in the heart of Steamboat Springs, the course takes an extended tour deep into the beautiful backcountry of Routt County before returning to the transition/finish area. Racers wind through open meadows, aspen forests and wild sage gardens offering incredible views of the surrounding peaks and valleys. It is a 50+ mile race composed of two 26.2 mile loops, 100% on dirt and 90% on singletrack.
The full marathon course is identical to one lap of the mountain bike course, which is approximately 26.2 miles. The same open meadows, aspen forests and wild sage gardens offer incredible views of the surrounding peaks and valleys.
The half marathon course does not include Ridge Trail, Cow Creek or Beall Trail.
All or part of this operation is conducted on Public Lands under Special Permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management
Prizes for the 2020 event from: