(Vail)-The Vail Recreation District's 2016 La Sportiva Vail Mountain Trail Running Series, presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, will kick off the trail running race season on Saturday, May 14, with the Boneyard Boogie 11K in Eagle, Colo. The point-to-point Boneyard Boogie 11K trail run, which is presented by The Dusty Boot, will begin at 9 a.m. behind Eagle Valley Middle School at the Bureau of Land Management trailhead, located in the Bluffs neighborhood.
Individual races cost $38 for week-of registration or $45 on race day. Individual race costs for students are $35 week-of race registration or $45 on race day. 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 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at Haute Route in Avon next to Pazzo's Pizza. Day-of registration will take place from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the race finish area at the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink. Day-of pickup for preregistered runners will take place behind Eagle Valley Middle School, near the race start.

The trail running race will include a switchback single track through the wooded BLM area emerging from the trees and into rolling sagebrush fields. Runners will encounter some trail splits along the way, plus several short, bursting climbs. Once at the top of the climb, the single-track trail descends onto the Pool and Ice trail for a fast downhill to the Eagle Pool and Ice Arena finish area. Additionally, should a course record be broken, the male and female record breakers will each be awarded $150, courtesy of East West Destination Hospitality.

This race is a point-to-point race. Racers are encouraged to park at the Eagle pool and either use the free shuttle service provided by AmericInn from the pool/rink to the race start, or take a 1.6 warm-up run along the bike path to the trailhead start area. Parking is also available at the Eagle Valley Middle School for preregistered racers. A shuttle will run to the middle school following the race. No parking is allowed in the Bluffs neighborhood. Following the race, runners will enjoy a participant pasta lunch at the post-race party at The Dusty Boot, compliments of The Dusty Boot in Eagle.

Prizes 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. Raffle prize drawings will also be held at 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 Boneyard Boogie is the first 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 Boneyard Boogie 11K, the La Sportiva race series will take runners to Beaver Creek for the Summer Solstice 5K, 10K and Kid's Fun Run at 9:30 a.m. on June 18, a benefit for the Vail Valley Charitable Fund, with runners enjoying single track that winds through the forest and showcases a variety of terrain. At 7 a.m. on Sunday, July 10 the Vail HillClimb 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 listing 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, 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.
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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                          
VRD Sports Coordinator
Jessie Klehfoth, 970-479-2446, jklehfoth@vailrec.com
VRD Marketing and Communications Director
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