Need motivation for those new years' resolutions? Get ready to skin, shift and shuffle your way to glory! Join the Vail Recreation District for the all new Vail Grail Winter Race Series and stay fit this snow season. The Vail Grail is a new championship series consisting of three winter events – an uphill at Vail Mountain, a fat tire bike race and a snowshoe shuffle - and participants can sign up for one, two or all three races. Racers who complete all three races have a shot at winning the coveted Vail Grail, a permanent trophy that will bear the male and female division winners' names for years to come.
The Vail Grail series kicks off on Sun, Feb. 19. Showshoe, skin, spike, hike or yaktrax up Vail Mountain during the annual 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 in Lionshead. 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.
On Sat, March 4, get out your fat tires and join in the inaugural EagleVail Derail Winter Bike Race. The second race in the Vail Grail series will test your winter bike handling skills on a never-before-seen race course starting at the EagleVail Pavilion at 4 p.m. Cost for this race is $20 pre/$30 day of for adults and $15 pre/$25 day of for students.
The Vail Grail champion will be decided on Sat, March 18 at the sixth 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 at the new Vail Golf & Nordic Clubhouse. Pre-registration costs for the shuffle are $20 for adults and $15 students, or $30 day-of for adults and $25 for students.
Athletes wishing to participate in all three events and compete for the Vail Grail can sign up for the full series for a discount of $60.
|Vail Mountain Winter Uphill Race and Hike||7 a.m. Sun, Feb. 19, 2017||$30 pre/$40 race day||$20 pre/$30 race day||Online Registration|
|EagleVail Derail Winter Bike Race||4 p.m. Sat, March 4, 2017||$20 pre/$30 race day||$15 pre/$25 race day||Online Registration|
|Krueger Family Shamrock Shuffle||4 p.m. Sat, March 18, 2017||$20 pre/$30 race day||$15 pre/$25 race day||Online Registration|
|Full Vail Grail Series||$60||$60||Series Registration|