Berry Picker (4 miles) or Half Marathon (14) on Sunday |

Berry Picker (4 miles) or Half Marathon (14) on Sunday

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado ” The La Sportiva Vail Mountain Trail Running series continues Sunday with two oxygen-depriving choices for racers ” the 4.3 mile Berry Picker or 14.5 mile Vail Half Marathon.

Both races start at 8 a.m. at the Gold Peak Children’s Center and are scoring races in the series. Additionally, the Berry Picker is serving as the final selection race for this year’s Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team. The top U.S. man, top two U.S. women and top U.S. male junior will earn a spot on the team.

The Eagle Bahn Gondola will operate from 8-9 a.m. for race-day spectators. Racers should park in the Vail Village parking structure where parking is free. Registration is available online at and Day-of registration is at the race starting area until 7:45 a.m.

The route for the 4.3-mile Berry Picker starts at an elevation of 8,238 feet and ascends to 10,346 feet to finish at the top of Eagle’s Nest. The average grade is 12 percent on singletrack trails and double-wide gravel paths. There will be one aid station at mile No. 3.

Runners of the Vail Half Marathon will test themselves on a course that’s just over the half marathon distance with an average grade of 7 percent. The half marathon boasts 4,020 feet climb up roads on Vail Mountain with a high point on the course at 11,653 feet.

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Aid stations along the route will be at mile Nos. 3, 6, 9, 11 and 13. Courses will be monitored by Search and Rescue and Vail Mountain Ski Patrol who will be on site to insure the safety of the runners. Runners of the half marathon will have 1 hour to reach the first aid station at mile 3 and then must reach the aid station at mile 9 within 3 hours.

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