Athletes from across the country headed to Steamboat Springs Aug. 12-13 for the two-day, 7th annual Steamboat Stinger. Honey Stinger, the leading manufacturer of honey-based nutritional products and founder of the event, hosted a 50+ mile individual and team mountain bike race, as well as full and half marathons. The scenic race course featured many crowd-favorite Emerald Mountain trails. This year, the trail race sold out for the first time and the mountain bike race saw over one-hundred additional participants than in years prior.
The morning of Aug. 12 started with a solo 50-mile mountain bike race, with Steamboat local Hannah Bingham placing first with a time of 4:42:52.0 in the women’s division. For the men, Chris Baddick of Boulder, Colorado, won with an impressive 4:05:35.4 time. The mountain bike course was composed of two 26.2 mile loops, all of which was on dirt and 90 percent of which was on flowing single track.
The Howland/Wong team from Avon, Colorado, took first place in the Duo Women’s mountain bike race with a time of 5:17:20.2, and in the Duo Men division, Honey Stinger Team rider McCalmon and partner Matheny achieved victory with a 4:16:53.6.
The next day, a trail running half and full marathon took place on the same course as the mountain bike race. With a time of 3:10:18.79, Hive athlete Jared Bassett from Bend, Oregon, took first place in the full marathon. For the women, Julie Olsen from Parker, Colorado, finished first with a time of 4:01:03.45. In the half marathon, male Cale Allen, Denver, won with a time of 1:27:17.47 and female Sarah Pizzo, Hive athlete, placed first with a 1:38:33.05 time.
The highlight of the iconic Steamboat Stinger weekend was crowning the winners of the King Sting and Queen Bee. The winners of that race had the fastest combined mountain bike and marathon times. Jason Michalak of Crested Butte, Colorado, was crowned King Sting, completing both races in 8:51:40.95, and Honey Stinger Mountain Bike Team rider Liz Carrington of Durango, Colorado, was crowned Queen Bee, with a time of 10:45:58.23.