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Sun run a success

Liza Alrick, Vail Valley Charitable Fund

Last Saturday evening, the Vail Valley Charitable Fund was privileged to be the beneficiary of the La Sportiva Summer Solstice Twilight Trail Run in Beaver Creek. It was a pleasure working with the expert folks at Beaver Creek Resort and the Vail Recreation District who ensured that the evening’s events were fun for all who came out. One-hundred-and-seventy runners made it up to compete! Twenty of their young ones took part in the kids’ fun run before the big racers went off. We hope you agree that it was a great family event. We were honored to see so many smiling faces, people chatting it up, and competitors running their legs off for a local charity.

We have many to thank for the success of this inaugural event. Thanks go to: Beaver Creek Resort and the Vail Recreation District for months of planning and some real last-minute professionalism when faced with unforeseen, forced location changes; to the volunteers who stuffed goodie bags, manned the course, handed out water, checked IDs, handed out t-shirts (top notch ones!), cleaned up, etc.; and to the Solstice Run sponsors. We truly appreciate all of these people and organizations for their support of the races and the VVCF.

Mostly, thanks to each of you who came out to compete. I hope you had as much fun as we did! On behalf of the Charitable Fund, I apologize for any confusion about the location of the race start. Beaver Creek Resort, the Vail Recreation District and we did our best to spread the word after we learned late Thursday that the Secret Service would not allow us on the lawn at the base of Centennial Lift. Thank you so much for your flexibility and your good cheer. We hope the beautiful run (it was truly gorgeous out there at that time of day!), the Moe’s BBQ, the High Point beer and music from All Strung Out helped to smooth out any aggravations. Next year, we’ll remind you to bring your down jackets!


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