La Sportiva Vail Trail Running Series: 10K (or 5K) @ 10,000 Feet comes to Vail | VailDaily.com

La Sportiva Vail Trail Running Series: 10K (or 5K) @ 10,000 Feet comes to Vail

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VAIL — On Saturday, Aug. 25, the La Sportiva Vail Trail Running Series continues with the 5K and 10K@10,000 Feet.

The trail running series, presented by Bloch & Chapleau Attorneys at Law and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, will test runners with over 50 miles of scenic, grueling and rewarding climbs, descents and rolling countryside for a total elevation gain of 16,475 feet during seven events throughout the summer.

Both 5K and 10K races, presented by Summit Ford, will begin at 8 a.m. at the top of Gondola One at Mid-Vail on Vail Mountain, with the entire race taking place above 9,000 feet. The average grade of the 10K is 7 percent with an elevation gain of nearly 1,200 feet, while the shorter 5K is less challenging and will allow runners the chance to experience racing at an impressive altitude.

There will be two aid stations on-course, one near the 5K/10K split at mile 1.2, and one at mile 3.5 near Buffalo's at the top of Chair 3 with water, Gatorade and snack items.

Gondola one open

Gondola One in Vail Village, which will access the start and finish area at Mid-Vail, is open for racers and spectators to ride to the top for free from 7 to 8 a.m. All racers and spectators must present a lift voucher to access Gondola One. Lift vouchers are available at pre-registration/bib pickup at lululemon on Friday, Aug. 24, from 3 to 6 p.m. and at day-of registration at the Gondola One base in Vail Village from 6:30 to 7:45 a.m. Dogs or other pets are not permitted to load the gondola. Post-race, the gondola will be free for racers and spectators to download to Vail Village.

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Please note: Gondola One ride time is approximately 12 minutes. All racers are encouraged to load Gondola One no later than 7:30 a.m. to allow enough time to reach Mid-Vail.

For the safety of all runners, spectators, volunteers and staff, dogs are not allowed on course during La Sportiva Vail Trail Running Series races.

The cost of the 10K race is $33 for pre-registration, $38 for week-of registration and $45 for day-of registration. 5K costs are $23 for pre-registration, $28 for week-of registration and $35 for day-of registration.

Runners may register or pick up their bibs from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday at the lululemon store in Vail Village.

Day-of registration will take place beginning at 6:30 a.m. at the Gondola One base in Vail Village.

Free parking is available near the race start in the Vail Village parking structure or across the village in the Lionshead parking structure.

Awards and raffle will take place adjacent to the finish line. Prizes will be presented to the top three finishers of each age group at each race, and 5K awards will be presented to the top three finishers in the amateur, open and masters categories.

Post-race refuel including breakfast burritos, oranges and bananas will be provided by Northside Kitchen & Coffee.

All 5K and 10K participants will receive a The North Face tech T-shirt, featuring a unique design. Don't forget to pick up your swag bag including refuel goodies and great deals.