VAIL - The Vail Recreation District's (VRD) 2012 La Sportiva Vail Mountain Trail Running Series, presented by Columbia, will kick off the trail-running race season on Saturday (5-19) with the Boneyard Boogie 10K in Eagle.
The Boneyard Boogie trail run, which is presented by the Dusty Boot begins at 9 a.m. behind Eagle Valley Middle School at the Bureau of Land Management(BLM) trailhead, located in the Bluffs neighborhood in Eagle.
The trail includes a switch-back singletrack through the heavily wooded BLM area emerging from the trees and into rolling sagebrush fields. Runners will encounter some trail splits along the way, plus several short-bursting climbs. Once at the top of the climb, the singletrack trail descends to the Eagle Pool and Ice Arena for an extended downhill run to the finish.
Day-of registration is from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink on the morning of the race. Number pick-up for preregistered runners will take place at the start of the race. The race is a point-to-point run with a one-mile distance between the start and finish. Racers are encouraged to park at the Eagle Pool and take a warm-up run to Eagle Valley Middle School for the start of the race. Parking will also be available at Eagle Valley Middle School and there will be free shuttle service provided by AmericaInn for race participants from the pool to the trailhead.
Following the race, runners will have a brunch, compliments of the Dusty Boot in Eagle.
The Boneyard Boogie is the first scoring race in the La Sportiva Vail Mountain Trail Running Series, which is celebrating its 15th season. The seven-race series runs May through September and includes distances ranging from a 5K (3.2 miles) to a half marathon (13.1 miles). The race series was named Best Race Series in 2005 and 2008, the Vail Half Marathon named Most Scenic Race in 2010 and the Vail HillClimb was honored as the best non-ultra race in 2011 by readers of Colorado Runner magazine.
The La Sportiva race series continues on June 16, featuring the La Sportiva Summer Solstice 5K and 10K trail run at Beaver Creek. The next race will head to Vail on, July 7 for the 36th running of the La Sportiva Vail HillClimb. This 7.5 mile route offers 2,200 foot vertical ascent from the base of Vail Mountain to the summit and is the largest event in the series.
On July 22, runners will test themselves during the La Sportiva Vail Half Marathon on a new course that will include pristine views on both singletrack and doubletrack on Vail Mountain. The fifth event, the Berry Picker trail run, is Aug. 5 and take runners 3.2 miles up a tough singletrack from the base of Vail Mountain to the top at Eagle's Nest.
The La Sportiva 10K and 5L at 10,000 Feet is Aug. 26 with runners riding the Eagle Bahn Gondola to the race start area. The entire race is above 9,000 feet with high points above 10,000 feet. The final race of the series, the La Sportiva Evergold 11K and 5k on Sunday, Sept. 16, will begin at the Vail Golf Club and traverse Vail Mountain back to the golf club.
Individual race costs are $28 for preregistration or $38 on race-day for all races except the Summer Solstice. Summer Solstice race fees are $35 for preregistration and $45 on race-day. Registration is available by clicking here at www.active.com.
Prizes will be presented to the top three finishers of each age group at each race, with series prizes awarded to the top three finishers who compete in at least five events. Raffle prize drawings also will be held at each awards ceremony featuring products from area merchants and national companies.
Volunteers are needed at each race and will receive a T-shirt and other items for their help.
For more information or to become a race series sponsor, call the VRD Sports Department at 970-479-2280 or go to www.vailrec.com.