Summer Solstice Trail Run is Saturday |

Summer Solstice Trail Run is Saturday

Sullivan Middaugh races in the 5K in last year's Solstice Trail Run at Beaver Creek.
Vail Rec District | Special to the Daily |

BEAVER CREEK — The Vail Recreation District’s 2015 La Sportiva Vail Mountain Trail Running Series continues this week with the La Sportiva Summer Solstice Trail Run on Saturday featuring a 5K walk/run, a 10K run and a kid’s fun run on Beaver Creek Mountain. The Summer Solstice will benefit the Vail Valley Charitable Fund with racers enjoying complimentary lunch from The Dusty Boot and music by Bert Fonte. Festivities begin at 9:30 a.m. with the Kid’s Fun Run, followed by the FirstBank of Vail 5K and the Beck Building Co. 10K at 10 a.m. This is the second race in the seven race trail running race series.

Proceeds from the Summer Solstice race benefit the Vail Valley Charitable Fund, a local nonprofit organization founded in 1996 that provides financial assistance to residents of Eagle County who are experiencing a medical crisis. According to Michelle Maloney, Vail Valley Charitable Fund executive director, the group raised and distributed more than $400,000 to locals in need last year and the trail run is important to its success.

Coming Together

“I am really looking forward to the La Sportiva Trail Run this Saturday,” she said. “It is a great event with beautiful scenery, great music and lunch provided by Dusty Boot. This race is a great example of our community coming together to help locals in need. Many thanks to The Vail Recreation Department and the Beaver Creek Resort Company for your partnership in this event. Come out and enjoy the beauty of our area and help us raise money for Eagle County locals that are experiencing financial stress due to a medical emergency.”

Day-of registration for the event begins at 8 a.m. at Creekside Park in Beaver Creek Village. Entry fees are $37 in advance and $47 on race day with a portion of proceeds benefiting the VVCF. The kid’s fun run is free and for children 12 years and younger. Registration is available by or at Bib pickup will also be available from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday at Haute Route Gear and Apparel, located in the Pazzo’s building in Avon. The 10K is a series event. Participants of the 5K or kid’s fun run do not accrue points in the La Sportiva Vail Mountain Trail Running Series.

Free Parking Available

Free parking for the Summer Solstice is available at the base of Beaver Creek Mountain in the Villa Montane and Ford Hall parking garages on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional parking is available at the Elk and Bear Lots at the base lots with free shuttle transportation to Beaver Creek Village. The race begins and ends in Creekside Park and racers will run on single track and cat track trails including Beaver Creek Village Trail, Aspen Glade, Lost Buck Spur and Corkscrew. The 5K route gains 970 feet in elevation while the 10K gains 1,600 feet in elevation.

Following the Summer Solstice, the series will continue at 8 a.m. July 5 featuring the 39th running of the Vail HillClimb.

For more information, call the VRD Sports Department at 970-479-2280 or go to

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