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Date: Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020
Time: 7 a.m.
Day-of registration opens at 6 a.m. Lionshead ticket office

Where: Base of Eagle Bahn Gondola - Lionshead

Price:   Pre-registration - $35 adults/$25 students
           Day-of registration - $45 adults/$35 students

Pre-Registration & Bib Pickup: The Salomon Store Lionshead, Saturday, February 15, 3-6 p.m. Online registration closes at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Race Day Bib Pickup and Registration: Lionshead ticket office (everyone will need to sign a Vail Resorts waiver)

Bag Drop: We are happy to take any extra clothing up to the top of the mountain for you. Please drop your gear at the gondola building at our gear drop area.

Categories: Splitboard, Ski and Non-Ski 

The Vail Athletic Club Vail Mountain Winter Uphill is one race in the three-part Bloch and Chapleau Vail Grail Winter Race Series. Join us for the new Beaver Creek Uphill and Skimo on January 19 and the Krueger Family Shamrock Shuffle on Saturday, March 14. Register for all three races for only $85 adults/$65 students. Participants that sign up for the full series receive a limited edition VRD Racing Drink Tank mug.

The annual Vail Athletic Club Vail Mountain Winter Uphill Race and Hike returns on Sunday, Feb. 16, as skiers, snowboarders and winter runners tackle 2,200 vertical feet of groomed trails to reach Eagle's Nest at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead. This event is ideal for competitors and non-competitors featuring categories for each, and honors the memory of Vail local Lyndon Ellefson who was instrumental in starting the U.S. men's mountain running program, with some of the race/hike entry fees supporting the U.S. Mountain Running Team.

For the past eleven years, the Vail Mountain Uphill has proven to be a challenging midwinter competition for some, and a fun, non-competitive community hike for others. It presents an opportunity to support a worthy organization, while also paying tribute to Ellefson, a trailblazer in the sport of mountain running who lost his life in a 1998 accident near the Matterhorn while training for a mountain race in Italy. Ellefson was the foreman for the Lionshead Gondola. Ellen Miller, along with fellow mountain runner and Vail local Hooker Lowe, started the race in 2008 to spread their passion for mountain running and uphill skiing (skinning) and to pay homage to Ellefson.

"The Vail Mountain Winter Uphill is a meaningful event for our community. We started it in the memory of Lyndon Ellefson and it has always been a fundraiser and a tribute to the US Mountain Running Team, of which Lyndon was a pioneer. This is a fun hike up Vail Mountain for people of all ages and abilities. I am thrilled that Vail Rec is operating the event this year!," said Miller, Vail Mountain Uphill founder.
Miller, who coaches athletes year-round primarily through the Vail Vitality Center and also serves as the women's team manager for the U.S. Mountain Running Team, reminds participants that this is not a snowshoe race.
"Most folks wear running shoes with stabilizers and some wear skis," said Miller. "If it snows a lot participants might wear snowshoes, but I don't see too many at this race unless we see a lot of snow the night prior to the race start."
The event begins at 7 a.m. in the Lionshead base area, adjacent to the Eagle Bahn Gondola. Categories include ski, splitboard and non-ski options and prizes will be awarded by overall place and category by gender age group, including juniors 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+. The finish line features separate portals for competitive and non-competitive participants and results are posted for competitive racers only.
Following the race, Vail Resorts and US Foods will be providing breakfast at Eagle's Nest for all event participants.
All participants will receive a day pass to the Vail Athletic Club.
Online registration is available prior to race day at Day of registration will be available in Lionshead prior to the race. Race entry fees are $35 through Feb. 15 and $45 the day of the race. Pre-race registration and bib pick up will be available on Sat, Feb. 15 from 3-6 p.m. at a location TBD.
The Vail Winter Uphill Race and Hike is the second event in the Vail Grail Winter Race Series. The Vail Grail is a championship series consisting of three winter events - the uphill at Vail Mountain, a new Beaver Creek Uphill and Skimo, 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. Athletes wishing to participate in all events and compete for the Vail Grail can sign up for the full series for a discount of $85.

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