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Vail HillClimb Sunday

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

One of the most popular races in the Teva Vail Mountain Trail Running series, the Teva Vail HillClimb, has its 31st running on Sunday.

The race field has locals and tourists who look forward to the oxygen-deficient 7.5-mile climb to the summit of Vail Mountain. Between 300-400 competitors are expected.

The 2,400-foot climb from Vail Village is highlighted by the finish line at Eagle’s Nest. 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. 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.

There are three aid stations on course at 2.5 miles, 4 miles, and 6 miles, serving water and Gatorade. 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. In addition there are refreshments at the finish line and goody bags for all finishers.

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.

In addition to top finisher awards, each participant receives a commemorative T-shirt.

Individual race entry is $25 or $35 on race day. You can register online at, print out an entry form at and mail, or fax your completed entry, or stop by Vail Recreation District at 700 South Frontage Road East.

For more information including results and press releases from last year’s series, and to view course maps visit

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