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Half Marathon hits Vail on Sunday

Daily Staff Report
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 more than 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.

The Half Marathon is the third race of the 2010 La Sportiva Vail Mountain Trail Running Series. Aid stations along the route will be at mile Nos. 3, 6, 9, 11 and 13 providing water and Gatorade. The course 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 one hour to reach the first aid station at mile No. 3 and then must reach the aid station at mile No. 9 within three hours.

According to race coordinator Marc Thomas, this is the longest race in the La Sportiva Vail Mountain Trail Running series and it 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 Thomas. “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.”

Individual race costs are $25 for preregistration or $35 on race-day. Registration is available by calling 970-479-2280. Racers should park in the Vail Village parking structure where parking is free for the summer. Day-of registration will occur at the race starting area until 7:45 a.m.

The Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead will operate from 8:30 -9:30 a.m. for race-day spectators. The La Sportiva Series continues Aug. 1, featuring the Berry Picker Trial Run.

VRD Summer Running Club

Join the VRD for its free, weekly running club at 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays at the base of the Vista Bahn in Vail Village.

The club is led by local runner Greg Decent and variety of other athletes and takes participants around Vail’s scenic recreation paths. Although involvement in the weekly run is free, participants can become a member for $25 and will receive a T-shirt.

Most runs will be between 5-8 miles and all ages, experience and abilities are welcome. Runners should have a running base and feel comfortable at altitude. The club is a great way to meet new training partners or just have fun running the roads and paths surrounding Vail.

Runs will be followed by light stretching, cool down and a social gathering at Los Amigos in Vail Village where participants receive one free drink (beer or soda) at the restaurant and enjoy dining specials throughout the evening.

For more information on the club, contact the VRD at 970-479-2446 or e-mail Decent, at skijumper19@hotmail.com.

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