VAIL — The Vail Recreation District’s 2014 La Sportiva Vail Mountain Trail Running Series continues on Sunday with the La Sportiva Vail Half Marathon.
Named Most Scenic Race in 2010 by readers of Colorado Runner magazine, the 13-mile run will test local, regional and national runners with a climb from Golden Peak up to the top of Vail Mountain’s summit and finishing at Eagle’s Nest with a climb of more than 3,000 vertical feet.
The race, which is presented by the Vail Valley Medical Center, begins at 8 a.m. at Golden Peak adjacent to the Children’s Ski School building and ascends on gravel trails and single track including the Grand Traverse Trail and Lucy’s Loop. The run takes place during Vail’s peak wildflower season and runners are sure to see an abundance of colors throughout their run. This is the fourth race in the seven race series, which is presented by The North Face, which is providing each runner with their cool tech T-shirts while supplies last.
Individual race costs are $30 for preregistration or $40 on race day. Registration is available by going to www.vailrec.com/sports/trail-running-racing or by calling 970-479-2280. Bib pickup available from 2 to 5 p.m. on Friday at Christy Sports in Vail Village. Day-of registration will occur at the race start area from 6:30 to 7:45 a.m. located adjacent to the Golden Peak Children’s Center. Racers should park in the Vail Village or Lionshead parking structures where parking is free for the summer.
The Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead will operate from 8 to 8:30 a.m. for race-day spectators and volunteers. The gondola will stop running at 8:30 a.m. and failure to load by 8:30 a.m. will result in waiting until the gondola reopens at 9 a.m. and paying for a one-day scenic gondola ride ticket. Post-race, the gondola will be free for racers and spectators to download back to Lionshead Village.
Prizes will be presented to the top-three finishers and overall finishers of each age group, both male and female. La Sportiva will provide winners of each age category a pair of mountain running shoes of their choice. Raffle prize drawings also will be held the awards ceremony featuring products from area merchants and national companies.
Three races remain in the La Sportiva Vail Mountain Trail Running Race Series. Following the Vail Half Marathon, beginning at 8 a.m. on Aug. 3, the Berry Picker 5K trail run will take participants on an intense 3.4 mile climb from the base of Vail Mountain in Vail Village to Eagle’s Nest at the top of Vail Mountain. A full listing and details are available by going to www.vailrec.com/sports/trail-running-racing.
Volunteers are needed at each race and will receive a T-shirt and other items for their help.
For more information, call the VRD Sports Department at 970-479-2280 or go to www.vailrec.com/sports/trail-running-racing.