Event Benefits Vail Valley Charitable Fund
The Vail Recreation District's 2016 La Sportiva Vail Mountain Trail Running Series, presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, will continue the trail running race season on Saturday, June 18, with the Summer Solstice 5K, 10K and Kids' Fun Run in Beaver Creek. The Summer Solstice trail run, which is presented by the Vail Valley Charitable Fund, will begin with the kids' fun run at 9:30 a.m. followed by the 10K at 10 a.m. and the 5K at 10:05 a.m.
Individual races cost $43 for week-of registration or $50 on race day with proceeds benefiting the Vail Valley Charitable Fund. Runners can also register for the entire race series for $215 and students for $160. Preregistration is available online at www.vailrec.com or at www.active.com until 5 p.m. on Friday. Runners may also register or pick up their bibs from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday at Haute Route in Avon next to Pazzo's Pizza. Day-of registration will take place from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the race start/finish area in Creekside Park.

Runners will exit Creekside Park and climb Offerson Road before heading out onto the Beaver Creek Village Loop trail. Runners will warm up their legs on single track through the eastern hillside and then tackle the steep Aspen Glade trail that will take runners to the first aid station at mile 2.2. 5K runners will then head downhill from the aid station and return to Creekside Park while 10K runners will head off onto more single track via Allie's Way traversing across Beaver Creek Mountain. The second aid station welcomes runners at mile 3.7 and the course climbs quickly from aid station #2 and then settles out nicely on the Village to Village trail where runners will begin their descent back into Beaver Creek Village and Creekside Park.

Start and finish are both located in Creekside Park and racers are asked to park in any of the Beaver Creek Village parking structures or in the Beaver Creek Elk and Bear shuttle lots at the base of Beaver Creek. Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis and the start/finish area is accessible by foot from any of the parking structures. Following the race, runners will enjoy a participant lunch by Moe's Original BBQ in Creekside Park including live music and awards.

Prizes will be presented to the top three finishers of each age group and raffle prize drawings will also be held at the race awards ceremonies, featuring products from area merchants and national companies. Runners will receive a Green Layer tech T-shirt following each race, featuring unique designs.

The Beaver Creek Summer Solstice is the second scoring race in the La Sportiva Vail Mountain Trail Running Series, Colorado's premier trail running series, which is celebrating its 19th season. The seven-race series runs May through September and includes distances ranging from a 5K (3.1 miles) to a half marathon (13.1 miles). Following the Summer Solstice trail run is the Vail HillClimb on Sunday, July 10 at 7 a.m., which will take runners from the base of Vail Mountain to Mid-Vail for 7.5 miles of uphill running. At 8 a.m. on Sunday, July 24, runners will be challenged during the Camp Hale Half Marathon, 5K and 10K, taking runners along the Continental Divide Trail and the Colorado Trail surrounding historic Camp Hale. Following the Camp Hale Half Marathon, beginning at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 7, the Berry Picker 5K trail run will take participants on an intense 3.1 mile climb from the base of Vail Mountain in Vail Village to Mid-Vail. Runners will then enjoy spectacular views and trail running during the 5K and 10K@10,000 Feet, which takes place at 8 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 21 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. 18 and will feature single- and double-track trails on Vail Mountain showcasing Vail's stunning fall foliage. A full list and details are available here.

Want to help enhance the race experience? Volunteers are always needed at each race and will receive a T-shirt, among other items, for their help. To volunteer, email Trail Running Race Director Kip Tingle.

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, 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, 970-479-2280, ktingle@vailrec.com
Jessie Klehfoth, 970-479-2446, jklehfoth@vailrec.com
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