Need motivation for those new years' resolutions? Get ready to skin, shift and shuffle your way to glory! The Bloch ancd Chapleau Vail Grail is a championship series consisting of four winter events – a nordic skate race, a run uphill at Vail Mountain, a fat tire bike race and a snowshoe shuffle - and participants can sign up for one, two, three or all four races. Racers who complete all four races have a shot at winning the coveted Vail Grail, a permanent trophy that will bear the male and female open division winners' names for years to come.
On Saturday, January 19, join us for the Vail Nordic Citizens Race following the Battle Mountain High School home race at Maloit Park in Minturn at noon. The race will consist of a 5K skate race. Post-race awards and refreshments at a location TBD. Cost for this race is $25 pre/$35 day-of for adults and $15 pre/$25 day-of for students.
On Saturday, February 9, get out your fat tires and join in the third annual Vail Derail Winter Bike Race. The second race in the Vail Grail series will test your winter bike handling skills at the Vail Nordic Center at 4 p.m. Cost for this race is $25 pre/$35 day-of for adults and $15 pre/$25 day-of for students.
On Sunday, February 17, snowshoe, skin, spike, hike or Yaktrax up Vail Mountain during the annual Vail Athletic Club Vail Mountain Winter Uphill Race and Hike. The race starts at 7 a.m. in Lionshead and participants will tackle 2,300 vertical feet and approximately 2.5 miles of groomed trails to reach Eagle's Nest at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola on Vail Mountain. Stay after the race for breakfast at Eagle's Nest. As always, this event is ideal for competitors and non-competitors alike and honors the memory of Vail local Lyndon Ellefson, pioneer of the U.S. Mountain Running Team. Portions of the race entry fees go to support the U.S. Mountain Running Team. Adults can register in advance at vailrec.com/register for $30 or for $40 on race day. Student registrations are $20 in advance or $30 on race day.
The Vail Grail champion will be decided on Saturday, March 9 at the eighth annual Krueger Family Shamrock Shuffle. Choose from a 5K or 10K race and bring the kids for the 1K fun run to celebrate all things green in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day. Taking place on the Vail Nordic Center trails, this event includes race categories for snowshoes and Yaktrax, as well as a non-prize-eligible running shoe category. All races begin at 4 p.m. followed immediately by a lively post-race party inside the beautiful Vail Golf & Nordic Clubhouse. Pre-registration costs for the shuffle are $25 for adults and $15 students, or $35 day-of for adults and $25 for students.
Athletes wishing to participate in all four events and compete for the Vail Grail can sign up for the full series for a discount of $80.
How the scoring works: The open division champion will be determined by having the lowest cumulative time for all four races. The open champion must compete in the pro/open bike race category and the 10K distance at the Krueger Family Shamrock Shuffle. The amateur champion will be determined by total points from each race. The amateur with the most points after the four events will be declared the amateur champion. Point totals for each race are outlined here.
|Vail Nordic Citizens 5K Skate Race||Noon, Sat, Jan. 19, 2019||$25 pre/$35 race day||$15 pre/$25 race day||Online Registration|
|Vail Derail Winter Bike Race||4 p.m., Sat, Feb. 9, 2019||$25 pre/$35 race day||$15 pre/$25 race day||Online Registration|
|Vail Athletic Club Vail Mountain Winter Uphill Race and Hike||7 a.m., Sun, Feb. 17, 2019||$30 pre/$40 race day||$20 pre/$30 race day||Online Registration|
|Krueger Family Shamrock Shuffle||4 p.m., Sat, March 9, 2019||$25 pre/$35 race day||$15 pre/$25 race day||Online Registration|
|Full Bloch and Chapleau Vail Grail Series||$80||$60||Series Registration|