Schedule announced for Vail-area running series |

Schedule announced for Vail-area running series

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – The Vail Recreation District’s schedule for the 2011 La Sportiva Vail Mountain Trail Running Series is set and will offer runners about 61 miles and 14,747 vertical feet in elevation gain on Vail and Beaver Creek Mountain’s scenic trails and in Eagle this summer.

New this year, the race series will incorporate two 5 kilometer races during the 10@10,000 Feet and EverGold races, as well as a new 10k in May, the Boneyard Boogie.

Named best race series of 2005 and 2008 by regional magazine Colorado Runner, this summer’s seven-race series will celebrate 14 years of trail running racing in the Vail Valley. The series will take place Saturdays and Sundays and distances will range from five kilometers (3.2 miles) to 14.5 miles.

The race series will kick off its season with the new Boneyard Boogie 10k in Eagle on May 14. The race, which is being presented by the Dusty Boot, will begin at 9 a.m. and take place in conjunction with Eagle’s Party for the Planet.

The fourth annual La Sportiva Summer Solstice Twilight race will follow the Boneyard Boogie on Saturday, June 18 as a benefit for the Vail Valley Charitable Fund. The Twilight race will begin at 5 p.m. and include a 5k and 10k trail run, plus a kids fun run.

The Twilight race will be followed by the La Sportiva Vail HillClimb on July 3 and the La Sportiva Vail Half Marathon on July 24. The series will then move to the top of Vail Mountain and feature the La Sportiva 10k@10,000 feet on Aug. 7, which will feature a new 5k course. On Aug. 28, the La Sportiva Berry Picker Trail Run will take place followed by one last race on Sept. 11, the La Sportiva Evergold 10k, which also will feature a new 5k course.

Last summer’s series boasted more than 1,245 participants with 24 runners completing all six races in the series for a total of 45 miles and an elevation gain of 13,500 feet.

Prizes will 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 also will be held at each race awards ceremony featuring products from area merchants and national companies.

Individual race costs are $28 for pre-registration or $38 on race-day. Runners also register for the entire race series for $170 by May 13.

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