Vail rec district running series begins Saturday |

Vail rec district running series begins Saturday

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – The Vail Recreation District’s (VRD) 2010 La Sportiva Vail Mountain Trail Running Series will kick off the season Saturday with the La Sportiva Summer Solstice Twilight Trail Run, featuring a 5-kilometer walk/run, 10K and kids fun run on Beaver Creek Mountain.

The Summer Solstice race will benefit the Vail Valley Charitable Fund (VVCF) with racers enjoying free food from the Dusty Boot and music by Hardscrabble. The kids run at 5 p.m., followed by the adults at 5:30 p.m.

Proceeds from the race will benefit the VVCF, a non-profit organization founded in 1996 that provides financial assistance to residents of Eagle County who are experiencing a medical crisis. According to Karen Simon, VVCF executive director, the fund raised and distributed a record $700,000 to locals in need last year, and the trail run is important to its success.

Free parking for the Summer Solstice is available at the base of Beaver Creek Mountain in the parking garages on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional parking isavailable at the base lots with free shuttle transportation to Beaver Creek Village. Registration for the event begins at 4 p.m. in Beaver Creek Village.

Entry fees are $35 in advance and $45 on race day. The kid’s fun run is free. The race begins and ends in Creekside Park and racers will run on singletrack and catwalks including, Beaver Creek Village Trail, Aspen Glade, Lost Buck Spur and Corkscrew. The 5K route gains 811 feet in elevation while the 10K gains 1,535 feet in elevation.

Saturday is the first in Vail Mountain Trail Running Series. The six-race series runs June through September and includes distances ranging from a 5K (3.2 miles) to just more than 14 miles.

The series continues on July 3 with the 34th running of the Vail HillClimb.

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