VAIL — The Vail Recreation District’s 2013 La Sportiva Vail Mountain Trail Running Series, presented by Columbia, will kick off the trail-running race season on Saturday with the Boneyard Boogie 10K in Eagle.
The Boneyard Boogie 10K trail run, which is sponsored by the Dusty Boot, will begin at 9 a.m. behind Eagle Valley Middle School at the Bureau of Land Management trailhead, located in the Bluffs neighborhood in Eagle. The race will finish at the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink in the Eagle Ranch Neighborhood.
The trail includes a switchback singletrack through the 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.
Individual race costs are $29 for preregistration or $39 on race day. Registration is available online at www.active.com or at www.vailrec.com/boneyard boogie.cfm. Day-of registration will take place from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink on the morning of the race. Those who have preregistered may pick up their race bib at the start of the race.
Racers are encouraged to park at the Eagle Pool and either use the free shuttle service provided by AmericInn from the pool/rink to the race start or take a one mile warm-up run along the bike path to the trailhead start area. Parking will also be available at the Eagle Valley Middle School for preregistered racers. Racers are asked to not park in the Bluffs neighborhood.
If the course records are broken this weekend, East West Resorts will award $200 to either or both the male or female who breaks the record. The course records are held by John Tribbia, who ran 41 minutes, 44 seconds in 2011, and Deanna Audrey, who ran a 44:22 in 2012.
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.
A participant brunch will be available at the post-race party at the Dusty Boot in Eagle. During the post-race party, awards will be handed out to the top finishers and a raffle will take place for all runners who will have an opportunity to win cool products and SWAG from race series partners.