Sign up for Vail Mountain Trail Running Series
VAIL – Registration is under way for the 2006 Teva Vail Mountain Trail Running Series, celebrating its ninth season beginning in June.Organized by the Vail Recreation District (VRD), the five-race series takes place on Saturdays throughout the summer on Vail Mountain and Forest Service roads throughout the Vail area. Races range in distances from 5 kilometers (3.2 miles) to a half marathon (13.1 miles). Individual race costs are $25 for pre-registration or $35 on race-day. Runners also can register for the entire five-race series for $125 by June 9. Registration is available at http://www.active.com or entry forms are available at http://www.vailrec.com. Past series participants will receive an entry form in the mail by the end of May. Entry forms also are available at running specialty stores along the Front Range.ScheduleNamed best race series of 2005 by regional magazine Colorado Runner, the Teva Vail Mountain Trail Running series begins June 11 with the First Bank of Vail 10K at 8,000 feet, followed by the 28th annual Teva Vail HillClimb (7.5 miles) on July 2. The series then features the Vail Half Marathon on July 23 and the Tiga Berry Picker (5K/10K) on Aug. 13. The final race, the Joint Worx EverGold 10K, will take place Sept. 10. Last summer’s series had more than 1,100 participants with nearly 40 runnerscompleting all five races in the series. “It was great to receive the honor as the top race series in Colorado by Colorado Runner,” VRD’s Joel Rabinowitz said. “It’s certainly a tribute to the VRD staff, race sponsors and participants who support the series year after year. We’re looking forward to the ninth year and another great summer of racing.”Prizes from the series will be presented to overall and age-group winners of each event with series prizes awarded after the final event to runners who compete in at least four events. Raffle prize drawings also will be held at each race awards ceremony featuring products from area merchants and national companies.Additionally, series title sponsor Teva introduced the Teva Mountain Running Club earlier this year and invites all athletes to join at http://www.teva.com. Series sponsors include FirstBank of Vail, Joint Works Physical Therapy, Vail’s Mountain Haus, Tiga Advertising, Howard Head Sports Medicine Centers, Steadman Hawkins and Gatorade.Extra racesIn addition to the Teva series, two other trail races highlight the VRD running calendar this spring and summer. On June 3 the USA 10K Trail Championships and X-1 Mud Run will be held in Vail Village and on Vail Mountain as part of the Teva Mountain Games. On July 9, the Vail Mountain Trophy Race will host the final selection race for the Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team with a climb up Vail Mountain.For more information, call the VRD Sports Department at 479-2280 or go to http://www.vailrec.com. Vail, Colorado
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