08/21/2013
Majority of Race Above 10,000 Feet, Average Grade of 7 Percent, Elevation gain of 1,172 Feet
The La Sportiva Vail Mountain Trail Running series continues Sunday (8-25) with 10k@10,000 Feet trail running race and the second annual 5k@10,000 Feet. Both races begin at 9 a.m. at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola at Eagle's Nest on Vail Mountain and taking place  at 10,000 feet above sea level, with the high point at nearly 11,000 feet. The average grade of the 10k is 7 percent with an elevation gain of 1,172 feet, while the shorter 5k is less challenging and will allow runners the chance to experience racing at such an impressive altitude. Both races will end at Eagle's Nest at the top of the mountain.

Individual race costs are $29 for preregistration or $39 on race-day. Registration is available by going to www.vailrec.com, www.active.com or by calling 970-479-2280. Bib pickup and registration will also be available from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday (8-24) at Christy Sports in Vail Village. Day of registration will occur from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead. Spectators and racers are encouraged to park in the Lionshead parking structure where parking is free for the summer. The Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead will operate from 8 to 9 a.m. for race-day spectators and will be free. Those who miss the early ride time will be required to purchase a one-day scenic gondola ride when it reopens at 10 a.m. The gondola also will be free for race participants and spectators to download following the race.

Columbia will be providing all running participants at each race with it's innovative Omni-Freeze Zero tech T-shirts, a temperature-regulating shirt that allows sweat to react with blue rings to lower the temperature of the material. When a runner gets hot, it gets cool. Additionally, with UPF 50 sun protection, quick-wicking fabric and antimicrobial treatment, the shirts have the ultimate technology to ensure each runner stays dry, cool and protected.
 
Prizes also 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. La Sportiva will provide winners of each age category a pair of mountain running shoes of their choice. Raffle prize drawings also will be held at each race awards ceremony featuring products from area merchants and national companies. Racer Refuel from Northside Coffee & Kitchen will provide nutritious, local and tasty fuel to help racers recover from the altitude of the 5k and 10k trail running races.  
 
The final race of the season, the EverGold 5k and 11k, is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15 and will feature single and double track trails from the Vail Golf Club to Vail Mountain and back and showcase Vail's stunning fall foliage. A full listing and details are available by going to www.vailrec.com/sports/trail-running-racing.  
 
Joining 2013 series title sponsor La Sportiva and presenting sponsor Columbia Sportswear are Vail Resorts, Beaver Creek Resort Company, Dusty Boot, FirstBank of Vail, Vail's Mountain Haus, Apex Dental, Central Rockies Mortgage, Peter Rabbit Organics, Northside Coffee and Kitchen, HP's Provisions, Mountainsmith, Tiga Advertising, Howard Head Sports Medicine Centers, The Steadman Clinic, Steadman Phillipon Research Institute, Trail Runner Magazine, Anthem Branding, AmericInn, Gatorade, Elevation Outdoors, New York Life, KZYR 97.7, Road ID, Smartwool, Christy Sports in Vail Village, Trek Light, Optic Nerve and Camelbak.

Volunteers are needed at each race and will receive a T-shirt and other items for their help.
 
For more information or to become a race series sponsor, call the VRD Sports Department at 970-479-2280 or go to www.vailrec.com/sports/trail-running-racing.

Contact(s)

Steve Croucher, VRD Running Race Director  (970) 479-2280                        
                     
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