The Vail Recreation District's 2016 La Sportiva Vail Mountain Trail Running Series presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield will wrap up this Sunday with the EverGold 5K and 10K trail running races. Presented by Haute Route Gear & Apparel, the 10K race will begin at 8 a.m. followed by the 5K race at 8:10 a.m. from Mountain Plaza at the base of Gondola One in Vail Village. Runners will make their way up Windisch Way and Gitalong Road before descending Lion Down to Lionshead Village. The course will then ascend singletrack on Hank's Hideaway before a quick finishing descent to Mountain Plaza via Strawberry Lane. Runners experience an average grade of 10 percent and gain nearly 1,300 feet in elevation throughout the race. This is the final race in the seven race series.

Individual races cost $38 for week-of registration or $45 on race day. Preregistration is available online at www.vailrec.com or at www.active.com or by calling 970-479-2280 until 5 p.m. on Friday. Runners may also register or pick up their bibs from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Haute Route Gear & Apparel store in Avon. Day-of registration will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. at the base of Gondola One in Mountain Plaza.

Racers should park in the Vail Village parking structure where parking is free for the summer.

Prizes for the 5K and 10K will be presented to top finishers and a raffle prize drawing will be held at the race awards ceremonies, featuring products from area merchants and national companies. Awards will also be given to the top series runners who completed five or more of the seven races, and we will be raffling off a Garmin Fenix 3 HR watch as a series-long raffle. Racers must be present to win! Runners will also receive a Green Layer tech T-shirt following the race with a unique design.

Joining 2016 series title sponsor La Sportiva and presenting sponsor Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield are individual race sponsors TIGA Advertising, The Dusty Boot, Vail Valley Charitable Fund, Haute Route Gear & Apparel, Howard Head Sports Medicine, Summit Ford and Vail's Mountain Haus. Partners also include SmartWool, Garmin, Vail Resorts, Beaver Creek Resort Company, The Steadman Clinic, Steadman Philippon Research Institute, Central Rockies Mortgage, Northside Coffee and Kitchen, Noosa Yogurt, Vail Mountain Coffee and Tea, AmericInn, Gatorade, Honey Stinger, KZYR 97.7, Optic Nerve, Arc'teryx, Kashi, First Bank, Mountainsmith and Camelbak.
For more information, call the VRD Sports Department at 970-479-2280 or go to www.vailrec.com.
The VRD is an equal opportunity service provider and operates under special permission from the White River National Forest and Bureau of Land Management.

About the Vail Recreation District
The Vail Recreation District's mission is to offer diverse and exceptional recreation opportunities that enhance the physical, social and emotional well-being of all its residents and guests. The VRD aims to help Vail Valley residents and visitors pursue their recreational passions by providing the following outlets for competition in summer and winter via a running and a mountain bike race series, numerous tournaments and/or leagues for hockey, volleyball, lacrosse, softball, golf, tennis, soccer, flag football, broomball, figure skating and rugby; venues like Dobson Ice Arena, Vail Golf Club, Vail Nordic Center, Vail Gymnastics Center, Vail Nature Center, Vail Skatepark, Vail Tennis Center, Community Programming, Vail's Imagination Station and use of additional gyms, playing fields and the surrounding White River National Forest via collaboration with local entities; sports classes and camps for youth, adults and families; and opportunities to learn about and appreciate our Rocky Mountain environment through guided activities, classes and camps.


Kip Tingle, ktingle@vailrec.com, 970-479-2280
Jessie Klefoth, jklefoth@vailrec.com, 970-479-2446
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