Colorado’s most iconic race series is just around the corner! The Vail Recreation District’s 2017 La Sportiva Vail Trail Running Series, presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, will kick off the trail running race season on Saturday, May 20 with the Boneyard Boogie 11K in the Town of Eagle. The point-to-point Boneyard Boogie 11K trail run, which is presented by The Dusty Boot and the Town of Eagle, 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 $33 for preregistration, $38 for week-of registration or $45 on race day. Runners can also register for the entire race series for $200.
Preregistration is available online at www.vailrec.com/register until 5 p.m. on Friday. Runners may also register or pick up their bibs from 3 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 bib 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 $200, 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 mile 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 lunch of pasta, salad and garlic bread at the post-race party hosted by 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 North Face tech T-shirt following each race, featuring unique designs and high quality material.
The Boneyard Boogie is the first scoring race in the La Sportiva Vail Trail Running Series, Colorado’s premier trail running series. 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 Kids Fun Run on Sat, June 24, a benefit for the Vail Valley Charitable Fund. Runners will enjoy single track that winds through the forest and showcases a variety of terrain. On Sat, July 8 the Vail HillClimb will take runners from the base of Vail Mountain to Mid-Vail for 7.5 miles of uphill running. On Sat, July 22 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. The Berry Picker 5K trail run, taking place Sat, Aug. 5, 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 [email protected],000 Feet, which takes place Sat, Aug. 26 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 MeadowGold 5K and 10K, is scheduled on Sat, Sept. 16 and will feature a brand-new course on iconic Meadow Mountain in the Town of Minturn. Runners will ascend technical single track on the beautiful West Grouse Trail before descending on double track with open views of Vail Mountain and the Gore Mountain Range. A full listing with details for each race is available at www.vailrec.com.
New for 2017, the 5K 5-Pack is now available! Race in all 5K races to compete for season awards. The 5K series cost is only $95.
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 at [email protected]
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 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 and Town of Eagle.
For more information, call the VRD Sports Department at 970-479-2280 or visit www.vailrec.com.
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.