Kremmling Days, a great place for athletes to race and play |

Kremmling Days, a great place for athletes to race and play

Kristen Lodge / Sports &

Stephen J. running outside of Kremmling with his dog, Cliff. He will be running the Cow Pie Classic on Sunday.

On Sunday as part of Kremmling Days, The Cow Pie Classic will start at 7 a.m. at Doc Ceriani Park. The course takes runners along County Road 22. The three-mile option loops back along the same road, and the five-mile option continues to the top of Red Mountain, said race director and Kremmling Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shannon Clark. “It’s a really pretty course. Runners will be able to see the cliffs, the town, and Gore Canyon,” she said. The first 100 registered runners get a Cow Pie Classic pint glass. The prize for each of the top three male and female finishers is a cowboy boot trophy with a special gift inside.Kremmling resident Rosie Stahl is running the race for the third time since moving to Kremmling six years ago. “One year the run was a loop around the city because trails were so wet,” said Stahl. “One year it went up into the cliffs. It’s pretty up there, and a nice view of town.” Another year the Kremmling Days race started at Wolford and it was a trail run, she said. “It’s fun to do the local races and see the same people year after year.”Resident and business owner Stephen Mossman is also running the Cow Pie Classic. This year they will not be able to race to the cliffs since the Bureau of Land Management started charging race organizers $5 per person to run through BLM land. Organizers were forced to change the format. Mossman has lived in Kremmling for 12 years and is a Colorado native. “The Kremmling cliffs are my training ground,” he said. “I can leave from my back door and run across the river, and run miles and miles of trails.”He has permission from private owners to cross land to get to the cliffs, he said. “The trails go on forever and connects to Wolford Mountain, running to about 9,000 feet,” he said. Mossman runs each day with his dog Cliff, a German Shepherd/Red Heeler. “He’s the best dog I’ve ever owned. I got him from the rescue.”Mossman began running seven years ago when he started taking care of his dad. “Running helps clear my mind; it’s a meditative thing. If anything bothers me, I want to run away. I find the answer while running and then come back.” He was turned on to trail running from Stephanie Scholl when their businesses in Kremmling were next door to each other. Mossman owns Park Avenue Hair and Boutique and is the hair designer.Prior to his move back to Colorado, he worked in a boutique near New York City for 10 years doing hair design and color. That was before he started running.Now he participates in many of the local trail running events such as Run the Ranches. He also runs the Breckenridge and Steamboat running series races. On Sunday’s Cow Pie run to Red Mountain, runners will see the beauty of the valley, he said. While runners are racing to Red Mountain, friends and family of runners can enjoy the pancake breakfast in Town Square. Then at 10 a.m. a Mud Volleyball Tournament and a Horseshoe Tournament will be held simultaneously at the Fairgrounds. “I would like to attend more of the events but had to take half the day off Sunday to run,” said Mossman, who will be working in his boutique all weekend. He will be able to hear the live music in the town park from his boutique on the highway and see the parade as it makes its way down U.S. Highway 40 on Saturday. “The best part of Kremmling Days is the parade with the kids and candy. I used to take my dad, and he would run after candy, too. The floats are interesting. There are really creative people in Kremmling. The loud horns and sirens – it’s a Kremmling tradition.” he said.