Ride, Run, Refresh returns to Vail
VAIL – Vail’s second annual Run, Ride, Refresh event is set for 1 p.m. Saturday, and will offer a rare opportunity to join a free guided mountain bike ride or trail run on Vail Mountain led by Lance Armstrong’s coach, Chris Carmichael, and coach and manager of the U.S. Women’s Mountain Running Team, Ellen Miller. The run and ride will take place on the same loop on Vail Mountain (Lion Down and Hank’s Hideaway) with mountain bikers heading out first. Each loop is 4.7 miles with a vertical gain of 1,200 feet and promises spectacular views. After the first loop, runners and riders may choose to do an additional loop.Afterwards the athletes will celebrate their accomplishment on the Vail Chophouse Slopeside deck in Lionshead Village in Vail. Refreshing beer and bubbly libations will feature Mot & Chandon Champagne specials and a free glass of Stella or Michelob Ultra for participants. The Chophouse post-ride event will also provide a chance to sit down with Carmichael and Miller and discuss tips and the new trends and technologies breaking out in each sport. Additionally, participants will receive a Run, Ride, Refresh branded goodie bag from Runner’s World and Bicycling magazines that will include the latest issues of the magazines, plus a copy of The Athlete’s Palate Cookbook, over a $30 value. Run, Ride, Refresh is part of Vail Restaurant Month’s Health and Outdoors Week, taking place through Oct. 2. According to Miller, the event is a great opportunity for participants to take advantage of the beautiful fall weather, experience great dining all the while gaining insights from the pros. “Chris and I are excited to take part in this free event and are looking forward to sharing our insights into our respective sports,” Miller said. “The run and rides are a perfect opportunity for folks to gather and share their love of the outdoors. We’re encouraging all ability levels to join us for a great afternoon and free beverages to follow.” The group run and ride, co-sponsored by Runner’s World, Bicycling, Vail Restaurant Month, Vail Chophouse and the Vail Recreation District, will meet at 1 p.m. in front of the Vail Chophouse, at the base of the Gondola in Lionshead. Space for the run and ride is limited; however, those not able to join in the on-mountain portion of the event are welcome to gather at the Vail Chophouse to join the special guests as they provide further tips to the group on their sports and the new trends, technology and gear coming out for each this upcoming season. To sign up for the free run or ride, contact Ruthie Carlson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-845-7673.No reservations are necessary for the Chophouse portion of the event and the menu and drink specials will be available from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information about the Run, Ride, Refresh event or any of the Vail Chophouse events taking place during Vail Restaurant Month, visit http://www.VailRestaurantMonth.com.