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Vail HillClimb on Sunday

Daily Staff Report

The Teva Vail HillClimb celebrates its 28th running on Sunday.With many out-of-towners enjoying a long weekend in Vail, the race field is stacked with locals and tourists who look forward to the challenging 7.5-mile climb to the summit of Vail Mountain. “We always have a great crowd for the HillClimb, not only in terms of participants, but also in terms of spectators,” said race director Joel Rabinowitz. “I guess you could say it’s our signature event in the series.”The course starts in Vail Village at Vail’s Mountain Haus by the covered bridge and ascends more than 2,400 feet on mostly gravel trail that is used by snow cats in the winter time. The gentle grade seems more significant because of the altitude. With the base elevation hovering just over 8,200 feet, the climb can be a real gut-buster and relegates many of the participants to a walk during some of the steeper sections of the course.”We encourage participants to enjoy the course and to have a great experience. If that means walking – no problem. Many trail runners do some walking during their runs, especially when they want to slow down to enjoy the views – or to catch their breath – and this course if full of scenic vistas,” said Nancy Hobbs, co-author of the Ultimate Guide to Trail Running and promotions coordinator for the event. There are three aid stations on course at 2.5 miles, 4 miles, and 6 miles. There is also water at the start line which is where runners can drop their sweats, or dry clothes to be transported to the finish line. There are refreshments at the finish line and goodie bags for all finishers. The first 500 finishers receive a pair of SmartWool socks.The top three male and female finishers overall will receive gift certificates for Teva footwear while the top three finishers in each age group 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60-plus will also receive gift certificates. Individual race entry is $25 or $35 on race day. You can register online at, print out an entry form at and mail. You can register and pick up your runner number for the HillClimb at VRD on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.Vail, Colorado

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