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HalfMarathon returns to Back Bowls

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL ” After a two-year hiatus, Sunday’s Teva Vail HalfMarathon will return to the Back Bowls of Vail for part of the route.

“We were fortunate this year to get approval to use the Back Bowls from the Forest Service and Vail Resorts,” race director Joel Rabinowitz said. “Combine these portions of the course with the popular trails on the front side of Vail Mountain and you have a spectacular course in terms of variety. We’ll also be at the height of the wildflower season in the Vail Valley which guarantees the runners fantastic scenery throughout the race.”

The Vail HalfMarathon is the third and longest event in the five-race Teva Vail Mountain Trail Running Series. At 14.5 miles, the course is more than 1 mile longer than the traditional 13.1 mile distance of a half marathon. The race starts behind Golden Peak and travels up Benchmark to Mill Creek Road (the Village Trail) to the 9-mile point along the Back Bowls.

There’s a short scramble downhill just beyond the 10-mile mark and then rolling to the finish line at Eagle’s Nest.

There is approximately 4,000 feet of climbing with elevations ranging from 8,200 feet to the high point 11,653 feet.

Five aid stations with Gatorade and water will be located throughout the course as well as at the start/finish.

At the finish …

The top three male and female finishers overall and the top three finishers in each age group 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60+ will receive prizes from Teva and other sponsors.

In addition to top finisher awards, each participant receives a commemorative T-shirt and goodie bag at the finish line. The T-shirts are designed by Bernie Boettcher, an artist from Silt, who is a perennial finisher of the series and was second in last year’s race.

Spectators can ride the gondola up the mountain to Eagle’s Nest to watch their friends and family members finish. There is no fee to ride the gondola between 8:45-9:45 a.m.

Individual race entry is $25 or $35 on race day. You can register Online at active.com, print out an entry form at http://www.vailrec.com and mail, or fax your completed entry, or stop by Vail Recreation District at 700 South Frontage Road East (the building with the large clock next to the tennis courts). You can register and pick up your runner number for the race at VRD on Saturday between 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The event is open to athletes of all ages and abilities.

For more information including results and press releases from last year’s series, and to view course maps visit http://www.vailrec.com.

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