Vail Recreation District’s short track series will continue Wednesday

VAIL — The Vail Recreation District’s 2013 Spring MTB Short Track Race Series will continue Wednesday at Maloit Park in Minturn. This is the third race in the four-race series, which will conclude next week on May 22 in Beaver Creek.

Race-day activities begin at 4:30 p.m. with day-of registration, which will last until 6:30 p.m. The first race of the event begins at 5:15 p.m. for kids ages 6 to 9 years, followed by a race at 5:30 p.m. for kids ages 10 to 14 years. Adult races will begin at 5:45 p.m. with the Beginner Category and continue with the Sport Category at 6:15 p.m. The final race, for cyclists in the Expert Category, will begin at 6:45 p.m. Costs to participate in the races are $7 for kids and $15 for adults.

To access the race, exit off of Interstate 70 onto U.S. Highway 24 heading through Minturn. Take a right heading west on Cross Creek Road. Parking will be available at Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy with the race taking place at the Maloit Park softball fields behind the school.

The short track races will take place on a short, dirt loop, with adult participants completing as many laps as possible in 20 minutes with an average lap taking approximately two minutes to finish. The length of time for the children’s racers is five minutes for ages six to 10 and 10 minutes for ages 11 to 14. An after party will be held at Magusto’s in Minturn following the race for all participants and spectators. All racers will have the chance to win raffle prizes, and adult racers ages 21 and older will receive a free Bud Light.

Unlike this summer’s seven-race Athletic Club at The Westin’s Vail, Beaver Creek Mountain Bike Race Series, the Spring MTB Short Track Series will not award prizes or points for individual racers or teams.

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Sponsors of the 2013 Spring MTB Short Track Series include the Athletic Club at The Westin, East West Resorts, Vail Valley Medical Center, The Dusty Boot, Beaver Creek Resort, Summit Ford, Bud Light, Apex Dental, New York Life/Ryan Van Ness, Central Rockies Mortgage, Primal Cycling Apparel, Drift Innovation, Honey Stinger, Steadman Philippon Research Institute and The Steadman Clinic.

Preregistration for the first MTB Short Track Race as well as information about VRD’s action-packed lineup of spring and summer mountain bike activities is available by calling 970-479-2280.

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