07/16/2013
Presenting Sponsor Columbia Sportswear to Provide Tech T-Shirts to All Racers
The Vail Recreation District's 2013 La Sportiva Vail Mountain Trail Running Series continues Saturday (7/21) featuring the Vail Half Marathon.  
 
Named Most Scenic Race in 2010 by readers of Colorado Runner magazine, the 13.1 mile run will test local, regional and national runners with a climb from Golden Peak up to the top of Vail Mountain's summit and finishing at Eagle's Nest with a climb of approximately 3,000 vertical feet. The race begins at 8 a.m. at Golden Peak adjacent to the Children's Ski School building and ascends on gravel trails and single track including the Grand Traverse Trail and Lucy's Loop. The run takes place during Vail's peak wildflower season and runners are sure to see an abundance of colors throughout their run. The Half Marathon is presented by Howard Head Sports Medicine and is the fourth race of the 2013 La Sportiva Vail Mountain Trail Running Series, which is presented by Columbia Sportswear.

Individual race costs are $29 for preregistration or $39 on race day. Registration is available by going to www.vailrec.com/sports/trail-running-racing or by calling 970-479-2280. Bib pickup will also be available from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday (7/20) at Christy Sports in Vail Village. Racers should park in the Vail Village parking structure at the race start where parking is free for the summer. Day of registration will occur at the race start area from 6:30 to 7:45 a.m. The Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead will operate from 8 to 9 a.m. for race-day spectators and volunteers. The gondola will stop running at 9 a.m. and failure to load by 9 a.m. will result in waiting until the gondola reopens at 10 a.m. and paying for a one-day scenic gondola ride ticket. Post-race, the gondola will be free for racers and spectators to download back to Lionshead Village and parking structure.   

Columbia will be providing all running participants at each race with it's innovative Omni-Freeze Zero tech T-shirts, a temperature-regulating shirt that allows sweat to react with blue rings to lower the temperature of the material. When a runner gets hot, it gets cool. Additionally, with UPF 50 sun protection, quick-wicking fabric and antimicrobial treatment, the shirts have the ultimate technology to ensure each runner stays dry, cool and protected.
 
Prizes also will be presented to the top three finishers of each age group at each race, with series prizes awarded to the top three finishers who compete in at least five events. La Sportiva will provide winners of each age category a pair of mountain running shoes of their choice. Raffle prize drawings also will be held at each race awards ceremony featuring products from area merchants and national companies. Racer Refuel from Northside Coffee & Kitchen will provide nutritious, local and tasty fuel to help racers recover from the grind of the Vail Half Marathon.     ?

Following the Half Marathon, runners can test themselves during the intense 5k Berry Picker on Sunday, Aug. 4. The Berry Picker trail run will begin at 8 a.m. and take participants on a 3.2 mile climb from the base of Vail Mountain in Lionshead to Eagle's Nest at the top of Vail Mountain. Runners will then enjoy spectacular views and trail running during the 5k and 10k@10,000 Feet, which takes place at 9 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 25 at the top of Vail Mountain with the majority of the race above 10,000 feet in elevation. The final race of the season, the EverGold 5k and 11k, is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15 and will feature single and double track trails from the Vail Golf Club to Vail Mountain and back and showcase Vail's stunning fall foliage.

A full listing and details are available by going to www.vailrec.com/sports/trail-running-racing.??Partners and sponsors are being sought for the 2013 Trail Running Series with a variety of opportunities available. Joining 2013 series title sponsor La Sportiva and presenting sponsor Columbia Sportswear are Vail Resorts, Beaver Creek Resort Company, Dusty Boot, FirstBank of Vail, Vail's Mountain Haus, Apex Dental, Central Rockies Mortgage, Peter Rabbit Organics, Northside Coffee and Kitchen, HP's Provisions, Mountainsmith, Tiga Advertising, Howard Head Sports Medicine Centers, The Steadman Clinic, Steadman Phillipon Research Institute, Trail Runner Magazine, Anthem Branding, AmericInn, Gatorade, Elevation Outdoors, New York Life, KZYR 97.7, Road ID, Smartwool, Christy Sports in Vail Village, Trek Light, Optic Nerve and Camelbak.
?Volunteers are needed at each race and will receive a T-shirt and other items for their help.
 
For more information or to become a race series sponsor, call the VRD Sports Department at 970-479-2280 or go to www.vailrec.com/sports/trail-running-racing.

Contact(s)

Steve Croucher, (970) 479-2280                        
VRD Running Race Director   
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