The Vail Recreation District's 2017 La Sportiva Vail Trail Running Series, presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, continues Aug. 26 with the 5K and 10K@10,000 Feet trail running race. Both races, presented by Summit Ford, will begin at 8 a.m. at the top of Gondola One at Mid-Vail on Vail Mountain, with the entire race taking place above 9,000 feet. The average grade of the 10K is 7% with an elevation gain of nearly 1,200 feet, while the shorter 5K is less challenging and will allow runners the chance to experience racing at an impressive altitude. This is the sixth race in the seven race series.
This event will feature one of Vail's most scenic running trails, The Meadows. 10K runners will be treated with massive views of Mount of the Holy Cross, and both 5K and 10K runners will utilize the recently completed Meadows trail and be awed by views of the Gore Range. With so much to look at, keeping an eye on the trail will be a difficult task. This is trail running at its finest!

The cost of the race is $33 for pre-registration, $38 for week-of registration, and $45 day-of registration. Preregistration is available online at www.vailrec.com/register until 5 p.m. on Friday, August 25. Day-of registration is available at the Gondola One base from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Runners may also register or pick up their bibs from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25 at The North Face store in Vail Village.
Racers should park in the Vail Village parking structure where parking is free for the summer. Race participants will need to load Gondola One between 7 a.m. and 7:40 a.m. to access the start and finish area. To ride the gondola, racers will need a lift voucher, available at The North Face in Vail Village on Friday, Aug. 25 and on race day at the Gondola One base.
Gondola One is also open for spectators to ride to the top for free from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. All spectators must present a lift voucher to access Gondola One. Lift vouchers for spectators are available at pre-registration/bib pick-up at The North Face in Vail Village and at day-of registration at the Gondola One base from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Failure to load the gondola by 8:30 a.m. will forfeit access to Mid-Vail without purchasing a daily scenic ride ticket for $36. Dogs or other pets are not permitted to load the gondola. Post-race, the gondola will be free for racers and spectators to download to Vail Village.
Prizes for the 5K and 10K will be presented to top finishers 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 The North Face tech T-shirt following each race, featuring unique designs.
The final race of the season, the La Sportiva MeadowGold, is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16 and will feature single- and double-track trails on Vail Mountain showcasing Vail's stunning fall foliage. A full list of races and details are available at vailrec.com.
Joining 2017 series title sponsor La Sportiva and presenting sponsor Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield are individual race sponsors Summit Ford, TIGA Advertising, The Dusty Boot, Vail Valley Charitable Fund, Haute Route Gear & Apparel, Town of Minturn, Vail Valley Medical Center and Vail's Mountain Haus. Partners also include The North Face, SmartWool, Vail Resorts, Beaver Creek Resort Company, The Steadman Clinic, Steadman Philippon Research Institute, Central Rockies Mortgage, First Bank, Northside Coffee and Kitchen, Vail Mountain Coffee and Tea, AmericInn, Gatorade, Honey Stinger, KZYR 97.7, Optic Nerve, CamelBak, Mountainsmith, Garmin, Noosa Yoghurt, Lululemon, PepPod, Town of Eagle and Renewal by Anderson.  
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.
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