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Vail Coal Bucket Classic is Sunday

VAIL – The Vail Recreation District’s (VRD) Vail Coal Bucket Classic will return for the fifth year Sundayat the Vail Golf Club, rain or shine.

The 12-hole shotgun tournament will begin at noon and will be the last chance to playgolf in Vail for the season. Happy Valley Grill also will open beginning at noon, serving food and beverages. Cost to participate in the tournament is $10 per player.

According to Vail Superintendent Steve Sarro, the Classic, which was first held in 1968, is a great opportunity to offer golfers one last chance to enjoy golf and wrap up the season in Vail.

“Rain or shine, we look forward to hosting this event and offering what could be the final opportunity to play golf in Vail,” said Sarro. “The Classic is our way of ending the golf season and ushering in the ski season.”

For more information, call Sarro at 970-479-2262.

Vail Nordic Center passes on sale next week

VAIL – The Vail Nordic Center retail shop will sell season passes from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, beginning next week.

Season passes will be available for purchase at early-season rates through Nov. 20 and will cost $80 for adults, $70 for Vail residents and $40 for students. Beginning Nov. 21, passes will cost $90 for adults, $80 for Vail residents and $50 for students.

Daily fees for the 2010-11 season will be $8 and children under 12 years of age will be free. Also beginning Nov. 9, the Nordic Center retail shop, located in the Vail Golf Club, will offer a variety of merchandise for outdoor endurance sports, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, running and hiking, as well as skate, classic and backcountry skis and snowshoes.

“We’re looking forward to offering our Nordic enthusiasts another great season of skiing and showshoeing,” said Mia Stockdale, who co-owns the Nordic Center with Shane Sluder. “This is our fifth season of operating the Nordic Center and each year we’ve seen tremendous growth in the local Nordic community.”

The Vail Recreation District (VRD), which maintains the track and trail system for Stockdale and Sluder, purchased a new snowcat in 2009, which has improved the quality of the groomed trails.

The Nordic Center will host its annual Nordic swap from 9 a.m-5 p.m. on Nov. 20, which will offer great deals on previously used gear, as well as discounts on new gear. The sale also is a fundraiser for Ski and Snowboard Club Vail’s Nordic program.

For more on the Vail Nordic Center, call 970-476-8366.

La Sportiva renews sponsor agreement with running series

VAIL – The Vail Recreation District (VRD) announced La Sportiva has renewed its commitment as title sponsor of the La Sportiva Vail Mountain Trail Running Series through 2013.

“We consistently look for opportunities to support and grow the sport of mountain running,” said Laura Fryer of La Sportiva. “The VRD’s trail running series allows athletes of all ability levels to run on some amazing trails in the Vail Valley while sharing in the truly great experience of trail running.”

“With La Sportiva’s support, we’re able to provide a top-notch running race series that offers an amazing variety of prizes for the athletes,” said Marc Thomas, the VRD’s running race director. “We look forward to working with La Sportiva for the next three years and beyond as we grow our series and the sport of trail running.”

The VRD wrapped up its 13th season of trail running racing in September and offered 1,245 runners an opportunity to run 45 miles of trails on Vail and Beaver Creek Mountains. Next season the VRD will add a new race to the series, the Boneyard Boogie 5k and 10k race on May 14 in Eagle, as well 5K races during the EverGold and 10K@10,000 Feet races.

The 2011 La Sportiva Vail Mountain Trail Running Series schedule will be announced in March 2011.

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