Half Marathon hits Vail Mountain Sunday
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL- The La Sportiva Vail Mountain Trail Running Series continues Sunday with the oxygen-depriving, 14.5-mile Vail Half Marathon.
The race begins at 8 a.m. at the Golden Peak Children’s Center and will test runners of all abilities on a course that’s just over the half marathon distance with an average grade of 7 percent.
The half marathon boasts a 4,020 feet climb up roads on Vail Mountain with a high point on the course at 11,653 feet. The race will end at Eagle’s Nest at the top of the mountain. Aid stations along the route will be at miles Nos. 3, 6, 9, 11 and 13 providing water and Gatorade.
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 one hour to reach the first aid station at mile three and then must reach the aid station at mile nine within three hours.
This is the longest race in the Vail Mountain Trail Running sSeries and is almost twice as long as the other events in the series.
“This race is one you plan in your season, not one to run on a whim,” said Vail Recreation District sports pirector Joel Rabinowitz. “Although the average grade is a mere seven percent, the route boasts over 4,000 feet of climbing. However, the scenery along the way should be spectacular with wildflowers in peak for the summer.”
The Eagle Bahn Gondola in LionsHead will operate from 8:30-9:30 a.m. for race-day spectators. Racers should park in the Vail Village parking structure where parking is free for the summer Registration is available at http://www.active.com. Day-of registration is at the race starting area until 7:45 a.m.
The series continues Aug. 2 with the Berry Picker, which will take runners 6.5 miles up a tough single track from the base of Vail Mountain to the top at Eagle’s Nest.
Prizes go 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 awards ceremony featuring products from area merchants and national companies.