Vail rec district seeks running volunteers |

Vail rec district seeks running volunteers

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL – A new, free running club will be open to residents and visitors this summer through the Vail Recreation District.

The weekly club will be led by local runner Greg Decent and will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays, beginning June 24, at the base of the Vista Bahn in Vail Village. Participants will run on a variety of roads and paths and will be divided into groups according to ability, interest level and speed, Decent says.

Most runs will be between five and eight miles and all ages, experience and abilities are welcome. “This running club is meant to be fun and will be an opportunity to run in one of the most beautiful mountain towns in the country,” said Decent.

The rec district needs volunteers to help lead different ability and running levels for the club. Additionally, the rec district is holding a contest to name the club, with the winner receiving a 2010 series registration for either the La Sportiva Vail Mountain Trail Running Series or the Land Rover Roaring Fork Vail and Beaver Creek Mountain Bike Race Series.

Decent, a Vail resident, won the 2009 Copper Mountain U.S. Half Marathon and has competed in nine marathons with a personal best time of 2.59.1. He recently ran the 114th Boston Marathon.

Although the weekly run is free, participants can become a member for $25 and will receive a Vail running club tech, T-shirt. Runners should have a running base and feel comfortable at altitude. Runs will be followed by light stretching, cool down and a gathering at Los Amigos in Vail Village, where participants will receive one free drink.

Those interested in entering into the contest to name the new club can e-mail ideas to rec district marketing director Jamie Gunion at The deadline is June 17.

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