Boneyard Boogie on Saturday, May 20, launches Vail Rec District series — weather permitting | VailDaily.com

Boneyard Boogie on Saturday, May 20, launches Vail Rec District series — weather permitting

Editors Note: The Vail Recreation District is closely monitoring the weather forecast for this weekend's La Sportiva Boneyard Boogie trail race. Set to take place on Saturday morning in Eagle, the weather forecast shows the possibility of rain and snow today and Saturday.

For the safety of all racers and with respect to maintaining excellent trail conditions, the VRD may decide to delay the start of the race, modify the course, or in an extreme case only, postpone the race to another day. Check for updated race information on the Boneyard Boogie webpage: http://www.vailrec.com/boneyard-boogie. The VRD will post race updates by 3 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. today

EAGLE — For the valley's dedicated trail runners, it marks the launch of the 2017 Vail Recreation District La Sportiva Trail Running Series. For downvalley residents, it is a harbinger of spring.

On Saturday, May 20, the Boneyard Boogie returns to Eagle.

The 11K point-to-point trail run begins with an accent on the event's namesake Boneyard Trail which features 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 onto the Pool and Ice trail for a fast downhill to the Eagle Pool and Ice Arena finish area.

In short, it features all the stuff that makes trail running great and for serious competitors, prizes will be presented to the top-three finishers of each age group. Additionally, should a course record be broken, the male and female record breakers will each be awarded $200, courtesy of East West Destination Hospitality.

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But along with the folks running to win, the Boneyard Boogie also attracts a cadre of not-so-serious competitors.

'Clinton' predicts victory over 'Trump'

Saturday's race will feature "Hilary Clinton" racing against her good friend "Ivanka Trump."

"I am pretty sure I am going to beat her," offered "Clinton" a.k.a Erin Vega. "I am going to cross the finish line wearing a pants suit and we both with be wearing lipstick."

That's the whimsy part of the Boneyard Boogie. It's race for everyone who is itching to throw off their Sorels and lace up their trail runners. One year, Eagle resident Peter Dann ran it wearing cowboy boots.

Race particulars

The Boneyard Boogie is presented by The Dusty Boot and the town of Eagle. Preregistration is available online at http://www.vailrec.com/register until 5 p.m. Friday, May 19.

Individual races in the Vail Recreation District La Sportiva Trail Running Series cost $33 for preregistration, $38 for week-of registration or $45 on race day. Runners can also register for the entire race series for $200.

Boneyard Boogie runners can register or pick up their bibs from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday, May 19, at Haute Route in Avon next to Pazzo's Pizza. Day-of registration will take place from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the race finish area at the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink. Day-of bib pickup for preregistered runners will take place behind Eagle Valley Middle School, near the race start.

The Boneyard Boogie is the first scoring race in the La Sportiva Vail Trail Running Series. The seven-race series runs May through September and includes distances ranging from a 5K (3.1 miles) to a half marathon (13.1 miles).

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 will also be held at race awards ceremonies, featuring products from area merchants and national companies. Runners will receive a North Face tech T-shirt following each race.

For more information, visit http://www.vailrec.com.

If you go…

What: Boneyard Boogie 11K trail run

When: Saturday, May 20

Time: 9 a.m. start

Where: Race begins at the Boneyard Trailhead and concludes at the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink.

Details: 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 1.6 mile warm-up run along the bike path to the trailhead start area. Parking is also available at the Eagle Valley Middle School for preregistered racers. A shuttle will run to the middle school following the race. No parking is allowed in the Bluffs neighborhood. Following the race, runners will enjoy a lunch at The Dusty Boot in Eagle.