BEAVER CREEK — The Vail Recreation District’s 2013 La Sportiva Vail Mountain Trail Running Series continues this week with the La Sportiva Summer Solstice Trail Run on Saturday featuring a 5Kilometer walk/run, a 10Kilometer run and a kid’s fun run on Beaver Creek Mountain. The Summer Solstice race will benefit the Vail Valley Charitable Fund with racers enjoying free food from Moe’s Original Bar B Que and music by local bluegrass favorite Hardscrabble. Festivities begin at 9:30 a.m. with the Vail Daily Kids Fun Run, followed by the Beck Building Company 5k and the FirstBank 10k at 10 a.m. This is the second race in the seven-race trail running race series, which is presented by Columbia Sportswear.
Proceeds from the race will benefit the Vail Valley Charitable Fund, a nonprofit organization founded in 1996 that provides financial assistance to residents of Eagle County who are experiencing a medical crisis.
According to Michelle Maloney, Vail Valley Charitable Fund executive director, the group raised and distributed more than $400,000 to locals in need last year and the trail run is important to its success.
“We are very grateful for the support of our community in supporting the Vail Valley Charitable Fund,” Maloney said. “There are so many people in our community experiencing financial hardship due to medical crisis. I would like to thank the Vail Rec District, Beaver Creek Resort Co. and our many sponsors. We look forward to seeing you Saturday morning for a family event where everyone can experience the wonderful outdoors, some great food and music.”
Day-of registration for the event begins at 8 a.m. in Beaver Creek Village. Entry fees are $35 in advance and $45 on race day with proceeds benefiting the Vail Valley Charitable Fund. The kid’s fun run is free. Registration is available at www.active.com. Bib pickup will also be available from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday at Christy Sports in Vail Village.
Free parking for the Summer Solstice is available at the base of Beaver Creek Mountain in the parking garages on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional parking is available at the base lots with free shuttle transportation to Beaver Creek Village. The race begins and ends in Creekside Park, and racers will run on singletrack and cat track trails including Beaver Creek Village Trail, Aspen Glade, Lost Buck Spur and Corkscrew. The 5Kilometer route gains 970 feet in elevation while the 10K gains 1,600 feet in elevation. There is one aid station on the 5K course and two aid stations on the 10K course. Sponsors of the on-course aid stations are Brill Insurance Agency and East West Resorts with start and finish refreshments sponsored by Colorado Mountain Medical.
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. La Sportiva will provide winners of each age category with a pair of mountain running shoes of their choice. Raffle prize drawings also will be held at each race awards ceremony featuring products from area merchants and national companies.
Following the Summer Solstice, the La Sportiva race series will take runners back to Vail on July 6 for the 37th running of the Vail HillClimb, which will take runners from the base of Vail Mountain to Eagle’s Nest for 7.5 miles of uphill running. At 8 a.m. July 21, runners will be challenged during the Vail Half Marathon, taking runners on a demanding 13.1 mile run on Vail Mountain. Following the Vail Half Marathon, beginning at 8 a.m. Aug. 4, the Berry Picker 5K trail run will take participants on an intense 3.2-mile climb from the base of Vail Mountain in Lionshead to Eagle’s Nest at the top of Vail Mountain. Runners will then enjoy spectacular views and trail running during the 5K and 10K@10,000 Feet, which takes place at 9 a.m. Aug. 25 at the top of Vail Mountain with the majority of the race above 10,000 feet in elevation. The final race of the season, the EverGold 5K and 11K, is scheduled for 10 a.m. Sept. 15 and will feature singletrack and doubletrack trails from the Vail Golf Club to Vail Mountain and back, showcasing Vail’s stunning fall foliage.
A full listing and details are available by going to www.vailrec.com/trailrunningseries.cfm.