07/29/2015
The Vail Recreation District's 2015 La Sportiva Vail Mountain Trail Running Series continues Sunday with the Berry Picker 5k. This is the fifth race in the seven race series, which is presented by Anthem BlueCross BlueShield and Tiga Advertising.
 
Course Description  | Course Map
The race begins at 8 a.m. at the base of Gondola One in Vail Village, testing runners of all abilities on both single-track and double-track terrain over 3.4 miles of uphill running with an average grade of 14 percent. The race ends at Eagle's Nest at the top of Vail Mountain. There will be one aid station on-course at mile 1.6, complete with water, Gatorade and some snack items.   
 
Registration | Bib Pickup
Individual race costs are $32 for preregistration or $42 on race day. Registration is available by clicking here or by calling 970-479-2280. Online registration ends at 5 p.m. on Friday. Day of registration and bib pickup will occur at the race start area from 6:30 to 7:45 a.m. Pre-race bib pickup will also be available from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday at the SmartWool store in Lionshead Village.

Parking  | Gondola Access
Racers should park in the Vail Village parking structure or the Lionshead parking structure and take the free intown shuttle to Vail Village. Parking is free. The Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead will operate from 8 to 8:30 a.m. for race-day spectators and volunteers. Please note:
  • Spectators must present a lift voucher prior to loading gondola. Lift vouchers are available during bib pick-up from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at SmartWool, located in Lionshead Village, or at the race start area from 6:30 to 7:45 a.m.
  • The gondola will stop running at 8:30 a.m. and failure to load by 8:30 a.m. will result in waiting until the gondola reopens at 9:30 a.m. and paying for a one-day scenic gondola ride ticket.
  • 2015-16 valid (renewed) Epic Season Pass Holders can access the gondola beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Post-race, the gondola will be free for racers and spectators to download back to Lionshead Village.  

Prizes
Prizes will be presented to the top three finishers and overall finishers of each age group, both male and female.Series prizes are awarded to the top three finishers who compete in at least five events. La Sportiva will provide winners of each age category with a pair of mountain running shoes of their choice.

Cool Tech T's
Runners will receive Green Layer Tech T's following the race, featuring a unique insignias designed by Kind Design.
 
Raffle
Raffle prize drawings also will be held at each race awards ceremony featuring products from area merchants and national companies.

Sponsors
Joining 2015 series title sponsor La Sportiva and presenting sponsor Anthem BlueCross Blue Shield are individual race sponsors TIGA Advertising, The Dusty Boot, Vail Valley Charitable Fund, FirstBank of Vail, Haute Route Gear & Apparel, Howard Head Sports Medicine and Vail's Mountain Haus. Partners also include Sports Authority, SmartWool, Vail Resorts, Beaver Creek Resort Company, The Steadman Clinic, Steadman Philippon Research Institute, Central Rockies Mortgage, Northside Coffee and Kitchen, Vail Mountain Coffee and Tea, Kind Design, AmericInn, Gatorade, Honey Stinger, KZYR 97.7, Optic Nerve, Skratch Labs, Oyster the Race and Camelbak. 

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Contact(s)

VRD Sports | 970-479-2280 | sports@vailrec.com  | http://www.vailrec.com
 
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