Vail Trail Series Concludes This Weekend

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The 2022 Vail Recreation District trail running season concludes on Saturday, Sept. 17 with the Dynafit Meadowgold 10K & 5K presented by the Town of Minturn. We are excited to return to Minturn, as we finish the 2022 Dynafit Vail Trail Running Series!

This scenic route will take place on Meadow Mountain in Minturn, Colorado. The 10K starts at 9 a.m. with the 5K start following at 9:15 a.m. 10K runners will ascend technical singletrack on the beautiful West Grouse Trail with multiple stream crossings and fields of wildflowers. At the high point and nearly halfway through the 10K race, runners will begin the descent to the finish on a double track with open views of Vail Mountain and the Gore Range. The 10K course climbs 1400′ in roughly 6.5 miles. 5K runners will enjoy a 1.5 mile double track ascent of 500+ vertical feet through mountain meadows and past old homesteads before making a u-turn and quickly descending to the finish line. Course maps are available here.

The Meadow Mountain course is remote, so please be prepared to be self-sufficient while racing! There will be an aid station on the course at mile markers 1.0 and 2.0 for 5K runners and mile markers 1.0, 3.9, and 5.5 for 10K runners. In an effort to reduce our environmental impact, we have gone cupless! Please bring your own hydration system to refill with water or Skratch Labs hydration mix.

Racers can pick up their race numbers or register ahead of time on Friday, Sept. 16 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Roastery Cafe in Minturn.

Race day bib pickup and registration are available at the Meadow Mountain race start from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. for the 10K and until 9 a.m. for the 5K. Online registration ends at 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16.

The race starts at the Minturn Ranger Station, off U.S. Highway 24, just north of Minturn. From I-70, take exit 171 toward Minturn. Turn right and you will see signage regarding parking less than half a mile ahead.

Runners can pick up their custom race T-shirt and a delicious Northside Kitchen donut at the race finish. Join us for the after-party at Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea following the race, where Meadowgold and series awards will be given out! We’ll celebrate the completion of the 2022 Dynafit Vail Trail Running Series and, as always, every runner is entered to win great raffle prizes from our sponsors; the drawing takes place following awards.

REGISTER EARLY & SAVE!

Visit www.vailrec.com/register and save on individual races by registering prior to race week. Participants do not need to be registered for the series to participate in individual races.

Individual race cost for the 10K is $36 pre-registered, $42 week-of and $50 day-of. 5K rates are $29 pre-registered, $35 week-of and $42 day-of. Student rates are $23 pre-registration, $28 week-of registration, $35 day-of registration.

Race details are available at www.vailrec.com.

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