Top runners will earn free entry to World Championship race
The second annual XTERRA Beaver Creek Trail Run is set for July 15 at the picturesque Beaver Creek Resort in Avon, Colorado.
This year’s XTERRA Beaver Creek Trail Run is open to runners of all ages and skill levels, and the race will offer points for the 2012 XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series.
Two courses will be offered – a 21-kilometer long course and a 10K course. For the first time, the 21K race will serve as a qualifier for the 2012 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship. Every age-group winner from the XTERRA Beaver Creek Trail Run 21K will receive a free entry to race at the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship, which is scheduled for December 2 at Kualoa Ranch, Hawaii.
The courses at Beaver Creek/Bachelor Gulch wowed runners last year with its breathtaking views, and challenging climbs and descents. “This run had a little bit of everything - up, down, rolling single-track through aspen forests and incredible views of the valley all around," said Marc Lonac, who won the 21K race last year.
The Beaver Creek Trail Runs will be held one day after the XTERRA Mountain Championship off-road triathlon, so many of the world’s elite triathletes will be on site, and a few may even stick around to enter the trail run.
The 21K course offers a full 13.1 off-road miles, with a mix of single and double track terrain, gaining approximately 2,400 feet of elevation throughout the distance. In the 10K race, athletes will retrace the full XTERRA off-road triathlon run course from the day before, gaining approximately 1,300 feet of elevation.
The XTERRA Beaver Creek Trail Run will be the fourth of five races in the 2012 XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series. Points are awarded to the top runners at each race in the series. At the conclusion of the season in August, each age-group champion from the overall series standings will earn a free entry to represent Colorado at the 2012 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship in Utah this September.
To register online for the Beaver Creek Trail Run, or to learn more about it, please visit http://www.xterraplanet.com/xduro/beavercreek.html.
XTERRA BEAVER CREEK TRAIL RUN
When: Sunday, July 15, 8 a.m. start
Where: Beaver Creek Resort, Avon, Colorado
What: 21K and 10K trail runs
Who: Open to runners of all ages and skill levels
Entry fees: $45 for 21K, $35 for 10K (discounts available for students and military)