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Summer Solstice Race Kicks Off 2020 Dynafit Vail Trail Running Series at New Venue

Race moving to Town of Minturn on June 20

(Vail, Colo.) – The Vail Recreation District is excited to announce the return of the Dynafit Vail Trail Running Series for 2020! Don’t miss out on Colorado’s oldest and most iconic trail running race series, featuring some of the most scenic trails around. Compete against yourself or world-class athletes during any or all of the seven races in and around the beautiful alpine village of Vail. Register for races now at vailrec.com/register.

The Dynafit Summer Solstice 5K and 10K, taking place on Saturday, June 20, has been moved to Meadow Mountain in the Town of Minturn, and will follow the same course as the MeadowGold race that usually takes place in the fall. The Beaver Creek course that traditionally takes place in June will now be held on Sept. 12 as the EverGold race.

Summer Solstice participants will ascend technical single track on the beautiful West Grouse Trail in Minturn. At the high point and almost halfway through the 10K race, runners will descend to the finish on double track with scenic views of Vail Mountain and the Gore Range.

View a course map and see course details at vailrec.com. The first wave of racers will begin at 8 a.m. Visit vailrec.com for a full schedule of wave starts.

“It has been a challenging spring for everyone, but we are excited to kick off the Dynafit Trail Running Series,” says Kip Tingle, Race Director. “We have worked closely with county health officials, land managers and race partners to create a series that will see numerous health protocols implemented and provide a safe environment for racing. We love the opportunity to start the season where we typically finish, at Meadow Mountain, and the ability to collaborate with Beaver Creek Resort in the fall when operations are in full swing.”

Proceeds from the Summer Solstice benefit the Vail Valley Charitable Fund (VVCF). This organization was created in 1996 to provide assistance to individuals who live and work in the Vail Valley who are experiencing a financial hardship due to a medical crisis or long-term illness. The VVCF has grown significantly over the past 20 years, having raised and distributed $7 million to approximately 1,400 families in our community. The majority of donations come from individuals and businesses in the Vail Valley.

Details pertaining to race format changes following Eagle County COVID-19 restrictions will be communicated to race participants. View frequently asked questions here. Participants must preregister; there will be no day-of registration. Bib pickup events will still be held. All participants will be expected to follow strict social distancing guidelines. Register today and start training now!

2020 Dynafit Vail Trail Running Series Modified Schedule

Sat, June 20: Summer Solstice (benefiting the Vail Valley Charitable Fund) 10K & 5K 8 a.m. | Town of Minturn*

Sat, July 4: Vail HillClimb | 7 a.m. | Vail Mountain

Sat, July 18: 10K@10,000 Ft and 5K@10,000 Ft | 8 a.m. | Vail Mountain

Sat, Aug. 1: Berry Picker | 8 a.m. | Vail Mountain

Sat, Aug. 29: Camp Hale Half Marathon | 8 a.m. | Camp Hale, between Red Cliff and Leadville

Sat, Sept. 12: Evergold | 9 a.m. | Beaver Creek Resort*

Sat, Sept. 26: Boneyard Boogie 11K Trail Run | 9 a.m. | Town of Eagle

*Change of venue

REGISTER EARLY & SAVE!

Visit www.vailrec.com/register and save $5 on individual races by registering prior to race week.

Race details are available at www.vailrec.com. For more information or to become a race series sponsor, call the VRD Sports Department at 970-479-2280 or email sports@vailrec.com.

Thank you to our 2020 Vail Recreation District Vail Trail Running Series sponsors: Dynafit, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Bloch and Chapleau Attorneys at Law, Eagle Outside, Town of Minturn, Vail’s Mountain Haus, Summit Ford, Elevated Dental, Vail Health and The Steadman Clinic.

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.