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Teva Vail Mountain Trail Running Series heads uphill

VAIL – On Sunday, the Teva Tiga Advertising Berry Picker races will provide the nearly 200 competitors a choice of either a 5-kilometer completely uphill course, or a 10K course with 8K of climb and 2K of downhill. Both courses start at the base of the Eagle Bahn Gondola and finish at Eagle’s Nest at the summit of Vail Mountain. Both races start at 9 a.m.”Although some runners prefer an uphill-only course, there are also athletes who like to run up and then get a bit of a break on a downhill finish. We added a 10K option this year for those athletes wanting to enjoy that downhill finish. Of course, the 10K course boasts more elevation gain and additional climbing so obviously it is a bit more challenging,” said race director Mike Ortiz.Run entirely on Vail Mountain, the course has spectacular scenery, a variety of terrain including singletrack and some short sections crossing service roads as well as more than 3,000 feet of elevation gain in the 10K and just under 3,000 feet of gain in the 5K. “The course certainly gives you an eye-opener as to your climbing fitness. There’s no question that many of the runners will be relegated to walking on some of the steeper, more technical sections,” said Ortiz. The Berry Picker is part of a trail-running series which runs June through September and includes events from 5k to the half marathon (13.1 miles) distance. The first race in the series June 12 with the Teva First Bank 8K at 8,000 feet. The second race was July 3 with the 27th annual Teva Vail HillClimb followed on July 24 with the Teva Vail HalfMarathon. The final event in the race series will be held on Sept. 11 with the Teva EverGold 10K. Register for the Berry Picker, or for both of the remaining series races at or visit Christy Sports in the Vail Village on Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. to register for the early fee of $25 and to pick up runner race numbers. Race-day entry fee is $35.After their race, runners can opt for a run back to Vail Village, or they can take the gondola back down to the base of the mountain. Aid stations will be located at several points on the course as well as at the start and finish lines. Gatorade will also be provided at the aid stations along with water.There will be results, commemorative T-shirts, and prizes. Awards will be presented to overall and age-group winners and new this year will be raffle prize drawings at the race awards ceremony featuring products from area merchants and national companies including Aqx Sports, Lenticular Pictures, and Gerber headlamps.Vail, Colorado

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