Vail’s Teva Games adds half marathon to schedule
VAIL, Colorado ” There’s already a bike race up Vail Pass at the Teva Mountain Games. Why not a running race, too.
The Vail Valley foundation announced Wednesday that it is adding the Triumph Development Vail Pass Half Half Marathon to the Teva schedule in June. The will start in the heart of Vail Village and finish near the summit of Vail Pass. The race will be 13.7-miles with a gradual uphill gain of 2,310 feet in elevation from start to finish.
“The new Vail Pass Half (Marathon) will be a true test of fitness and determination,” said Michael Imhof, vice president of sales and pperations for the Vail Valley Foundation. “In addition to being a tough ‘mega’ half marathon run, the Vail Pass Half will attract an entirely new type of athlete to the Teva Mountain Games.”
The Teva Mountain Games is conglomeration of mountain sports, lifestyle and music featuring the top professional and amateur athletes from around the world. The event hosts approximately 3,000 professional and amateur outdoor athletes, along with an estimated 35,000 spectators. Athletes converge on Vail’s mountains and rivers to compete in seven sports and 21 disciplines for more than $100,000 in prize money. Events include kayaking, rafting, mountain biking, road cycling, World Cup ouldering, amateur climbing, fly-fishing and trail and road running.
In addition to the outdoor mountain events, the Teva Mountain Games also includes a mountain photography competition, demo area, canine agility competitions, and free nightly music concerts .
The Vail-based nonprofit organization, the Vail Valley Foundation, acquired the games from Untraditional Marketing in November of 2008.