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June 22 - Dynafit Summer Solstice 10K & 5K

Presented By & Benefiting Vail Valley Charitable Fund

Date, Location & Time

June 22, 2024 | New Location! Beaver Creek Chophouse adjacent to Centennial Lift

10k at 9 a.m.* | 5k at 9:10 a.m.* | Kids Fun Run time TBD (Before 10K start)

*Date, location and time are subject to change

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Online Registration Registration Form

5K Course Map | 10K Course Map  | 2023 Race Results | 2023 Photos
Course Map 
Race Info 

Coinciding with the longest day of the year, the Summer Solstice trail run is arguably the most enjoyable race in the Vail Trail Running Series. Beginning and ending in the lawn in front of the Beaver Creek Chophouse adjacent to the Centennial lift in the heart of Beaver Creek, Colorado the Summer Solstice sends runners through and around the resort community.

Course Info 

After an ascent through Aspen groves on appropriately named Aspen Glade trail runners will traverse across Beaver Creek Mountain on Allie’s Way singletrack and descend down the hillside and into the lawn of the Beaver Creek Chophouse. Participants will be treated to amazing alpine views and fully stocked aid stations along the way. This rite of summer is not to be missed.

10K: The race start is located next to the Centennial Lift next to the base of Beaver Creek. Racers will run up the service road, to the Village Loop. Runners will ascend the Village Loop for a mile and make a left turn onto Aspen Glad Trail. Continue up Aspen Glad for roughly 1 mile to the Aid Station. From the aid station, runners will turn left and run up Allie’s Way for 1.5 miles before approaching Aid Station 2 and the high point of the racecourse. Runners will then turn right onto Beaver Lake Trail, where they will run onto a road and make a left turn after the water tower, onto Lost Buck Spur. Runners will continue to descend Lost Buck back to Centennial Lift and the race finish.

5K: The race start is located next to the Centennial Lift next to the base of Beaver Creek. Racers will run up the service road, to the Village Loop. Runners will ascend the Village loop for a mile and make a left turn onto Aspen Glad Trail. Continue up Aspen Glad for roughly 1 mile to the Aid Station. From the aid station, runners will descend the service road, pass the horse stables and back down to Centennial Lift and the race finish.

Elevation Gain 

10K: approximately 1,330 feet of elevation gain; 5K: approximately 800 feet of elevation gain.

Bib Pickup and In-Person Registration Info 

Racers can pick up their race numbers or register ahead of time on Friday, June 21 from 4 to 6 pm at Peak Performance in Edwards. 

Race day registration and bib pickup will begin at 8 a.m. outside the Beaver Creek Chophouse.

Aid Stations 

Aid stations will be available just before the 5K/10K split (mile 2.1) and mile 3.8 for the 10K.

Thanks to our Partners, Skratch Labs, there will be Skratch Hydration Sport Drink and Skratch Energy Chews at Aid Stations to give your body the fuel it needs to finish strong. Water will also be available at all aid stations to quench your thirst or cool you off!
The Dynafit Trail Running Series is a papercup-less race series. Please keep this in mind when preparing for the race. We highly encourage you to bring your own hydration device or reusable cups.  

First Aid & Supplies 

We are grateful to have Steadman Clinic at the start and finish to help with any medical needs. Please reach out to their skilled Athletic Trainers about any medical needs and they can either help you or recommend you to a professional.
All aid stations will have an AED & first aid kit for emergencies, cuts, bruises, and light foot-care products. We are not allowed to hand out pain medication or other over-the-counter products, so please carry your own if you think that will be necessary. But more importantly, if you are in pain, please prioritize your health. Take a breather, enjoy the beautiful view, and consider other options of slowing down, resting, or dropping out if needed. There will be more races, it’s not worth additional or more severe injuries to finish.
If you have any specific needs, please inform a staff member when you pick up your bib.  You will be responsible for your own health needs & should plan to carry what you may need. For example, if you have diabetes, it is highly recommended to always carry an insulin pen on your person, not in your gear bag waiting for you at Eagle’s Nest Aid Station. Additionally, please make sure to carry any prescription medication that you may need during the duration of the race.
Please plan accordingly and stay safe!

Race Cost 
  • Individual Rates, 10K: $38 preregistered, $45 week-of registration, $55 day-of registration
  • Individual Rates, 5K: $29 preregistered, $35 week-of registration, $42 day-of registration
  • Student Rates (ages 13-17). 10K: $25 preregistration, $30 week-of registration, $37 day-of registration 
Vail Resorts Release Of Liability Form 

All Beaver Creek Summer Solstice Trail Race participants must sign and return the Vail Resorts Release of Liability Form to participate in the Trail Race. To save you time, you can print the form and bring it with you to bib pickup.

Vail Resorts Release Of Liability Form
Parking 

Please park in the Villa Montane or Ford Hall parking structures in Beaver Creek.    

After-Party, Awards Categories & Prizes 

Following the race, awards & prizes will be presented at the race finish!
Thanks to New Belgium Brewing - Mountain Time Lager and Best Day Brewing, racers can pick up a complimentary beer (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) with their racer bib at Beaver Creek Chophouse. 

  • 13K Awards: Prizes will be awarded to the top three males and females in the following age groups: 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over.
  • 5K Awards: Prizes will be awarded to the top three males and females in the following age groups: Juniors 19 and under, Open 20-39, Masters 40-59, 60 and over.  

Raffle: All racers will be entered into a raffle for great prizes from our sponsors! Racers must be present to win, so come have some fun at the afterparty!
T-Shirts: At race finish, make sure to pick up your custom race t-shirt (either cotton or tech material)!

About the Vail Valley Charitable Fund 

Formed in 1996 as a Colorado 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Vail Valley Charitable Fund’s goals are to continue to raise funds by events, grants, and corporate and individual donations, raise community awareness, engage more volunteers in this worthwhile cause, and continue to help people in need in the community.

In 2005, 2008 and 2016, the Vail Valley Charitable Fund received the ‘Success Connection Award for Non-Profit Organization of the Year’ from the Vail Valley Partnership. The Vail Daily Reader’s Poll also selected the VVCF as one of the three best Non-Profit Organizations in the Vail community.

Last year, more than $450,000 was raised and distributed to directly offset the expenses involved with: injuries sustained in a serious car accident; several individuals battling cancer; intensive care for a severely premature infant; recuperation from heart attack and stroke; and much more.

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Previous Years Results 

https://vailrd.specialdistrict.org/race-results-dynafit-vail-trail-running-series

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Previous Years Photos 

A huge thanks to all of our amazing sponsors for the 2024 Dynafit Vail Trail Running Series!

The VRD's Vail Trail Running Series is yours thanks to our title sponsor Dynafit and our presenting series sponsor, Bloch and Chapleau. Individual race sponsors include Town of EagleTown of MinturnElevated DentalEast West Hospitality and Mountain Haus. Partners also include Capitol Public HouseFirstBankSteadman ClinicCentral Rockies MortgageJaunt Media CollectiveYetiMountain Time LagerSkratch LabsNorthsideLululemonOptic NerveOutdoor TechVail HoneywagonVail Resorts, Arrowhead, Best Day BrewingVail Mountain Coffee & Tea CoWest Vail Liquor MartKahtoolaBlack DiamondCiele Athletics and Alpine Wine & Spirits.

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VRD's Vail Trail Running Series was recently named by the American Trail Running Association as Race Standards Certified for exceeding measurements in safety, well-marked courses, timely results and awards, environmental responsibility and excellent communication with racers prior to the event.