Summer Solstice race kicks off Vail Valley running series |

Summer Solstice race kicks off Vail Valley running series

jDaily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – The Vail Recreation District’s 2009 La Sportiva Vail Mountain Trail Running Series starts Saturday with the Summer Solstice Twilight Trail Run featuring a 5-kilometer walk/run, 10K and a kids fun run on Beaver Creek Mountain.

The kids’ race is at 5 p.m., with 5K and 10K at 5:30 p.m. For racers, there will be some Moe’s barbecue and the band Hardscrabble will play.

Proceeds from the race will benefit the VVCF, a non-profit organization founded in 1996 that provides financial assistance to residents of Eagle County who are experiencing a medical crisis.

Free parking for the Summer Solstice is available at the base of Beaver Creek Mountain in the parking garages on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional parking is available at the base lots with free shuttle transportation to Beaver Creek Village.

Registration for the event begins at 4 p.m. in Beaver Creek Village. Entry fees are $35 in advance and $45 on race day. The kid’s fun run is free. The race begins and ends in Creekside Park and racers will run on singletrack and cat-track trails including, Beaver Creek Village Trail, Aspen Glade, Lost Buck Spur and Corkscrew.

The 5K route gains 811 feet in elevation while the 10K gains 1,535 feet in elevation. There is one aid station on the 5K course and two aid stations on the 10K course.

The 10K is the first scoring race in the La Sportiva Vail Mountain Trail Running Series The six-race series runs through September and includes distances ranging from a 5K (3.2 miles) to just more than14 miles. The race series was named Best Race Series in 2008 by readers of Colorado Runner.

“We’re excited to kick off the La Sportiva race series with such a great event, not only for runners but for the community-at-large,” said VRD running race coordinator Marc Thomas. “We expect our series to be the best series to date offering something for runners of all skill levels all summer long.”

The La Sportiva Series continues on July 5 with the 33rd running of the Vail HillClimb. This 7.5 mile route offers 2,200 foot vertical ascent from the base of Vail Mountain to the summit and is the largest event in the series.

Last summer’s series boasted more than 1,400 participants with 20 runners completing all five races in the series for a total of 45 miles and an elevation gain of 13,492 feet. Prizes will be presented 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.

For more information, call 970-479-2280.

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