10 races back in the valley this summer: Tricia’s summer selections
Last week’s picks highlighted a number of events returning for the summer of 2021 after a hiatus in 2020 due to the pandemic. Many competitions are coming back or will be bigger and will also be able to welcome more participants than last year. So put on the running shoes, pump the tires on the bike or grab your paddle and enjoy these friendly competitions that encourage you to push your limits and allow community bonds through sport.
Short Track Race Series
As soon as the resorts closed for the season, the Vail Recreation District invited you to get back on your mountain bike with the Short Track Race Series, which takes place on downhill trails. The short track races encircle a short loop of dirt, with adult participants completing as many laps as possible in 20 minutes. An average ride should take about two minutes to complete. The duration of the races for young people is five minutes for 6 to 9 year olds and 10 minutes for 10 to 14 year olds. This run is a great way to see where your cycling fitness is after a winter of snow sports. It also prepares you for the series of mountain bike races in town, which lasts all summer.
This short track series of races is also a short series with only three races in total. Two races have already taken place (Eagle Fairgrounds on April 21 and Miller Ranch Open Space in Edwards on April 28). The final race of the short track racing series will take place on May 5 at Maloit Park in Minturn. Children are also welcome to participate in the races.
Series of city races
The 2021 Vail Recreation District Bloch and Chapleau Town Mountain Bike Race Series returns in its 38th year to provide fun and exciting races for mountain bikers of all ages and experience levels. This summer, over 1,200 riders of all ages and levels will compete for over $ 30,000 in prizes. Whether competing in an individual race or signing up for the entire series, runners have the chance to win prizes, free beer, and bragging rights. According to the Vail Recreation District website, here are the race dates for 2021:
- May 19: Minturn – Children only
- May 26: Eagle Ranch Classic – Eagle Ranch
- June 16: Davos Dash – Vail
- June 30: Hammer in the Hay – 4Eagle Ranch
- July 7: TBD – Adults only – TBD
- July 21: Berry Creek Bash – Edwards
- August 8: Camp Hail Hup – Camp Hale
- September 1: Beaver Creek Explosion – Beaver Creek
The Vail Rec District is a supporter of the Eagle County Trails and the organizations that work hard to maintain them. Racers can earn an additional 25 points over their series total if they participate in a track work event before September 1.
Dynafit Vail Trail Running Series
For 23 years, the Dynafit Vail Trail Running Race Series has grown into a must-have racing series, taking runners on trails, over mountains, through forests and streams in and around the Vail Valley. Expect well-marked routes, well-stocked aid stations, experienced volunteers, and challenging courses for the elite and enjoyed by the novice trail runner.
The finish area will offer plenty of refreshments and rewards for the best players. All runners will receive an athlete bag filled with sponsor coupons, special giveaways and more snacks and a personalized t-shirt. Each registered runner will also be entered in the draw after the race.
- May 15: Dynafit Boneyard Boogie – 9 a.m. at Eagle
- June 19: Dynafit 10K and 5K Summer Solstice, benefiting the Vail Valley Charitable Fund – 9 a.m. at Beaver Creek
- July 3: Dynafit Vail HillClimb – 7 a.m. in Vail
- July 17: Dynafit 10 km to 10,000 feet and 5 km to 10,000 feet – 8 a.m. in Vail
- July 31: Dynafit Berry Picker – 7 a.m. in Vail
- August 21: Dynafit Half Marathon – 8:00 a.m. at a location to be determined
- September 11: Dynafit Town of Minturn Meadowgold 10 km and 5 km – 10 a.m. at Meadow Mountain, Minturn
Whitewater racing series
The Vail Whitewater Race Series runs weekly from May 11 to June 8, then the action takes place in the Eagle River Park Whitewater Throwdown Series from June 15 to July 6.
The Vail Recreation District is partnering with the Town of Vail and Alpine Quest Sports to host the annual Vail Whitewater Race Series. The races will be split into three categories including the kayak (under 9’6 ″), stand-up paddle (SUP) (under 11 ′) and 2-person raft (under 10 ′) teams with different course challenges each week. The course challenge for each event will be determined on race day based on the flow of the river.
The first four races start at the Vail Covered Bridge and end at International Bridge. The final race will begin at the Amphitheater Bridge in Ford Park. Short-term material drop-off is available at Checkpoint Charlie. Park in the Vail Village parking structure.
Eagle River Park Whitewater Throwdown Series continues the fun by welcoming downhill whitewater enthusiasts. At the time of publication, eagleoutside.com said the Eagle White Water Throwdown will return in June 2021. Organizers are planning four events on Tuesdays from June 15 to July 6.
Stay tuned for more information or contact [email protected] for more details
GoPro Mountain Games
The GoPro Mountain Games are a date for the summer of 2021 and in addition to the world-class athletes who participate in the various competitions, amateurs are also invited to test their courage. From fly fishing and whitewater sports to trail events, get you, the kids and even the dog working out. The GoPro Mountain Games return to the valley from June 10 to 13. Highlights include the Rocky Dog Trail Run, Post 5K, and the grueling Pepi’s Face Off, which takes participants on the Pepi’s Face Trail on Vail Mountain for 30 minutes. Register early as places fill up quickly for many competitions. There is usually a nice loot bag for attendees, so indulge yourself in getting some free stuff.
Beaver Creek events this summer include a full length XTERRA Championship triathlon race, shorter distance XTERRA Sprint triathlon race as well as 5/10/19 km trail races.
Paul Mitchell’s stylists will be on hand to give professional haircuts in exchange for a donation of $ 15 (or more) to the Contested Athletes Foundation. One hundred percent of the profits go to CAF.
- Distance: 1 mile swimming / 25 km mountain biking / 9.3 km trail
- The event will feature US $ 15,000 in cash prizes for elite athletes. For amateurs, there will be 51 places in the XTERRA World Championship in Maui up for grabs.
- Distance: 0.5 mile swimming / 14.4 km mountain biking / 4.9 km trail running
- The XTERRA Sprint race is a half-distance race on the same course and on the same day as the Championship race. The race is a great opportunity for new competitors or for those who want a less demanding XTERRA experience.
XTERRA Beaver Creek 5/10 / 19k Trail Runs and 5 × 5 Team Relays
- Trail runners can skip the swim and bike portions and have fun doing an individual or team trail run of varying lengths while taking in the views from Beaver Creek.
The Vail Valley Charitable Fund has announced that the 13th LG Sprint Tri will take place on July 10 at the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink.
The 14+ triathlon features a 500 meter swim (10 laps in the Eagle Pool), a 12 mile bike loop along Brush Creek Road, and a 5 mile run through Eagle Ranch. Participants can register as individuals or as members of a team and after the race enjoy an awards ceremony with prizes from several local organizations.
The LG Kid’s Tri will consist of three age groups: 6-7, 8-10 and 11-13. See lgtri.com for descriptions of children’s courses.
The weekend kicks off July 9 with registration, music, food, drinks and a preview of the silent auction. When registering, join us for the LG Mountain Bike Ride, a non-competitive, family-friendly mountain bike ride on the famous Haymaker Trail around the Eagle Pool and ice rink.
This event is held in memory of Laura Genelin, a long-time beneficiary of the local and the Vail Valley Charitable Fund, who lost her battle with cancer in July 2008. LG Tri proceeds will benefit the Vail Valley Charitable Fund . The Vail Valley Charitable Fund provides financial assistance to people suffering from a medical crisis or long-term illness.
Adventure games for children
The Kids Adventure Games is a nationwide, multidisciplinary adventure race for kids ages 6-14 (and up to 17 in some locations).
The Kids Adventure Games aim to create a more active and confident generation of children through unique and stimulating experiences that teach the lifelong values of teamwork, sportsmanship, problem solving, overcoming adversity and joy and appreciation for the outdoors. Kids are challenged to hike and mountain bike over all kinds of obstacles such as the Darwin Dash, Tyrolean Traverse, and Slick Wall.
The Kids Adventure Games return to Vail on August 11-15. There is also a global remote challenge that children can participate in. Register early, this event tends to sell out.