Kremmling’s Center of the Universe Trail Running Series gets under way |

Kremmling’s Center of the Universe Trail Running Series gets under way

Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News

Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi Daily News file photo

Kremmling’s 2008 “Center of the Universe” Trail Running Series kicks off with its first race on Saturday.

The “Coyote Creek Run” has both 8-mile and 3-mile courses that start and finish at the town’s Ceriani Park. The races start at 9 a.m.

“We’re offering the 3-mile fun race this year for those people who want a shorter distance or just want to walk,” said Shawn Scholl, who is the organizer of the Center of the Universe series with his wife Stephenie. “Our goal is to encourage a broader range of ability levels to participate.”

Both the 8-mile and 3-mile courses are loops that start and finish at Ceriani Park (17th and Jackson). The loops consist of two-track and single-track dirt trails on BLM and state land.

“Both courses are on rolling terrain northeast of Kremmling,” Scholl said. “They will showcase some of the beautiful countryside that the public can enjoy in this area. There are some hills in the course, but nothing that’s too challenging for a first-time racer.”

A barbecue sponsored by Middle Park Meat Company of Kremmling will follow the finish of Saturday’s races.

Saturday’s race is the first event of the 2008 Center of the Universe Trail Running Series. Its other races include:

– The Kremmling Classic on Saturday, June 21, offers a 10-, 5- and 3-mile fun walk/run courses that start and finish at the Town Park. The event is part of the Kremmling Days Celebration.

– The Road Kill Half-Marathon and 5-Mile Race is planned for Saturday, Sept. 13. The start and finish for both the 13- and 5-mile courses are at Town Square.

– The Gore Grind 6 Mile is slated for Sunday, Oct. 12. The start and finish areas are on County Road 14.

The 2008 “Center of the Universe” Trail Running Series is sponsored by the Kremmling Chamber of Commerce, Big Shooter Coffee and the Kremmling office of the Bureau of Land Management.

This is the second year for the Center of the Universe series. The Scholls, who are the owners of Big Shooter Coffee in Kremmling, said the modified this year’s series to include shorter race courses.

“Last year, we made it too hard core,” Shawn said. “By offering shorter courses this year, we want to promote more youth and community participation with fun run/walks. We want to attract more people to the series and not just elite trail racers.”

Another major goal of the trail running series is to help introduce the public to the Kremmling area as an excellent place for a number of recreational activities.

“Each one of our races is designed to feature a little bit different area around Kremmling,” Shawn said. “We want everyone to see what we have to offer here in the form of outdoor trails, beautiful scenery and terrain that is unique to the western side of Grand County. You get some incredible 360-degree panoramic views around here.”

One other unique feature of the Kremmling race series is that all of its courses are on dirt trails.

“Our races are the only trail races in the county this year,” Shawn said. “All the other races around here are on pavement. If you’ve never tried trail running, it’s a lot of fun and much easier on the joints. And running here in western Grand County, you get to really run in some super cool places.”

For more information about the series or to register for the Coyote Creek Run, go to .