Vail Valley trail running races start Saturday
VAIL – Saturday’s Summer Solstice Twilight Trail Run on Beaver Creek Mountain kicks of this season’s La Sportiva Vail Mountain Trail Running Series.There will be a a 5k walk/run, 10K and kid’s fun run on Beaver Creek Mountain. The race benefits the Vail Valley Charitable Fund. There will be free food from the Dusty Boot and music by local bluegrass band, Hardscrabble. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. with the kid’s fun run, followed by the 5k and 10k at 5:30 p.m.The Charitable Fund is a nonprofit organization founded in 1996 that provides financial assistance to residents of Eagle County who are experiencing a medical crisis. Executive Director Karen Simon says the fund raised and distributed a record $700,000 to locals in need last year, and the trail run is important to its success.”In the past two years we’ve generated nearly $10,000 from the running race for the charitable fund,” said Simon. “We hope to increase attendance this year and encourage people of all running/walking abilities to usher in the start of the summer by enjoying a beautiful evening and helping out a great cause in the process.”Free parking is available at the base of Beaver Creek Mountain in the parking garages on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional parking is available 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 single track and cat track trails 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. There is one aid station on the 5K course and two aid stations on the 10K course.The six-race series continues on July 3 with the 34th running of the Vail HillClimb. This 7.5-mile route ascend 2,200 vertical feet from the base of Vail Mountain to the summit and is the largest event in the series. The other races are the half marathon on July 18, the 6.5-mile Berry Picker trail run on Vail Mountain on Aug. 1, the 10k at 10,000 on Vail Mountain on Aug. 15 and the Evergold 10K on Sept. 12.Individual races cost $25 for pre-registration or $35 on race-day. For more information, visit http://www.vailrec.com.