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June 6, 2021


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Marathon FAQ Frequently Asked Questions


Please see below for Steamboat Marathon's frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions please email

Q: Is the Steamboat Marathon happening this year due to COVID-19?

A: After carefully considering options for our 2020 races, we have decided to share the sad news that there will not be a Steamboat Marathon, Half Marathon, or 10k this year. We have been hosting our marathon since 1981 through sun, rain and even snow. It is heartbreaking to not be able to do it again this year, but the health and safety of our runners, our volunteers and our entire community must come first. View the full statement here

Q: Is my registration fee refundable?

A: No, entry fees are not refundable. As a not-for-profit organization, we make every effort to work with local partners, vendors, and staff to produce the best race possible. We have a no-refund policy to preserve our ability to pay and support these organizations and people for the year-round work that goes into planning and producing the race. This policy will remain in place through this unforeseen change in order to continue this race for another 40 years.

Q: How do I defer my 2020 registration?

A: On Wednesday, April 15, 2020 every registrant will be sent an invitation email to defer to 2021. The full details will be within the email, please contact if you have any difficulty.

Q: Will I automatically be deferred to the 2021 race?

A: No, you must complete the deferral process above to register for the 2021 race by August 1, 2020. Please contact if you have any difficulty.

Q: What if I cannot defer to the 2021 race date?

A: Please contact us at, we’ll be happy to discuss your situation.

Q: How do I get to Steamboat by air?

A: Yampa Valley Regional Airport is 30 minutes from Steamboat Springs. You can fly into YVRA from Denver with connections across the country and around the world. You can also fly direct into Denver International Airport and rent a car or hire shuttle service to Steamboat Springs.

Q: What do I need to do on race day?

A: Our course is a country road that is open to traffic. We place aid stations where we safely can, but you may find that you need water between stations. We strongly encourage runners to carry water.

Q: Can I bring my baby stroller or dog to any of the race courses?

A: No. Due to other runners and the county roads being open to local traffic.

Q: Is it okay for my friend, parent or spouse to ride their bike along side me while I run?

A: We strongly advise against it. The roads are technically open to traffic, but we prefer there to be no bikes on the course. For safety considerations we ask that everyone leave their bikes at home.

Q: Where’s the best place for my family and friends to watch me run?

A: For the best view of the Marathon, Half or 10K races, Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat Springs is the best bet. This stretch serves as the finish for all three races, and your friends and family will be close enough to cheer for you and then cheers to you at the finish festival at Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue.

Q: Is the Steamboat Marathon a Boston Marathon qualifying race?

A: Yes, because our course is USATF (USA Track and Field) certified, our race is a Boston qualifier.

Q: If I find that I can’t run for whatever reason, may I transfer my bib number to my friend?

A: Yes, you are able to transfer your 2021 registration via If you are registered for the 2020 race, you must complete the deferral process before transferring your registration. Click here to download instructions on how to transfer your 2021 bib. There will not be a transfer fee.

Q: Can I transfer between races?

A: You are welcome to transfer races if space is available. Please complete this form and send to There will be a $10 transfer fee (plus the difference between races if transferring up) for changing races. Please note that we will not refund the difference in price if you choose to move down.

Q: What if I can’t make it to packet pick-up?

A: A friend or relative can pick up your packet, but they must have your e-mail confirmation. There will be no race day packet pick-up. No Exceptions.

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