05/27/2013
(Vail)-The Vail Recreation District and Larkburger will host a youth mountain bike race series registration kickoff party from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28 at Larkburger in Edwards. The gathering will offer an opportunity for the VRD's youth mountain bike racers to pick up their race number plate, a gift of mountain bike socks from Larkburger and a free "Burger on Us" card from Larkburger. The VRD's Athletic Club at the Westin Vail Mountain Bike Race Series and Larkburger Youth Mountain Bike Race Series begins Wednesday (5-29) in Eagle.

During the kickoff party, youth racers also will have an opportunity to meet with four of Vail's top professional mountain bike racers, Jay Henry, Jake Wells, Gretchen Reeves and Tamara Donelson, who they can chat with and ask questions about the upcoming race season. Professional mountain bike racer Jay Henry, who leads out the youth racers during the seven race series, says he's excited to meet Vail's youth and help grow mountain bike racing in the Vail Valley. "It's really amazing to see the amount of talent and passion in the kids who race in the series," said Henry. "I got my start racing in the town series and I guarantee we will see these kids grow into incredible mountain bikers."                   

Youth Series (ages 8 -14) registration costs are $60 for the entire series or $10 for individual races ahead of time and $15 on race-day. Individual adult race costs are $25 for preregistration or $35 on race-day. Adult racers also can register for the entire race series for $165. Teams of up to 25 riders can compete for the overall series title as well. Registration is available by going to www.vailrec.com/mountainbikeraces.cfm. Prizes will presented to the top three finishers of each category after each race, with series prizes awarded to the top finishers in each category at the end of the final race of the season. Raffle prize drawings also will be held at each race awards ceremony featuring products from area merchants and national companies.

Larkburger has partnered with the VRD the past three years to support the youth mountain bike race series. According to Larkburger President Adam Baker, Larkburger is looking forward to their continued support of the youth race series and its promotion of leading healthier lives as youth.

"This is a great, longstanding race series that is an integral part of our community," said Baker. "We are honored and excited to support the involvement of our kids and look forward to them getting dirty on the trails this summer."
 
The 2013 Youth Series is presented by Larkburger and KidSPORT. In addition to the Athletic Club at the Westin, East West Resorts and the Vail Valley Medical Center, sponsors of the 2013 races include the Dusty Boot, Bud Light, Summit Ford, FirstBank, Optic Nerve, Vail Resorts, Beaver Creek Resort Company, Apex Dental, Drift innovation, Honey Stinger, New York Life/Ryan Van Ness, Primal Cycling, Central Rockies Mortgage, Vail Honeywagon, Outdoor Tech, The Steadman Clinic, KZYR 97.7, Avon Liquor, Venture Sports, The Kind Cycling, Mountain Pedaler and Pedal Power. Photos of the 2012 race series were taken by Scott McClarrinon and are available by going to www.mcclarrinonphotography.com.
 
Registration, course information and start times are available by going to www.vailrec.com/mountainbikeraces.cfm or by calling 970-479-2280. For information on all other VRD programs and activities, visit www.vailrec.com or call 479-2279.
 
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The VRD is an equal service provider and operates under special permission from the White River National Forest and Bureau of Land Management.

Contact(s)

Beth Pappas, VRD Sports Event & Sponsorship Manager 970.479.2280 ext. 7009                     
                      
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