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Vail HillClimb Trail Run set for July 1

June 22, 2023, 11:31 am

The Vail Recreation District recently issued the following press release on the upcoming  Dynafit Vail HillClimb Trail Run:

Get ready to start your holiday weekend off right! The 2023 Vail Recreation District trail running season continues on July 1 with the 45th annual Dynafit Vail HillClimb Trail Run. This race, which begins in Vail Village, is the third event in the 2023 Dynafit Vail Trail Running Series. This iconic event, popular among locals and visitors, is presented by Vail’s Mountain Haus. Join us for the landmark 45th year of this community event!

The Dynafit Vail HillClimb has been named the best trail race by Colorado Runner Magazine in 2006 and 2011. This race tests local, regional and national runners with a seven-mile climb from Vail Village to Mid-Vail. The climb will begin at 7 a.m. in Vail Village, next to Vail’s Mountain Haus, and finish at Mid-Vail after ascending over 2,200 vertical feet. Race participants will follow the historic gravel double-track route that has made this race a favorite among trail running enthusiasts. You can view a course map here.

Racers can pick up their race numbers or register ahead of time on Friday, June 30 from 

3 to 6 p.m. at Vail’s Mountain Haus. Race day bib pickup will also be available at Vail’s Mountain Haus adjacent to the Covered Bridge starting at 6 a.m. Due to the early Saturday start, we recommend you pick up your bib or register on Friday afternoon!

Please park in the Vail Village parking structure; parking is free in the summer. Racers then have a very short walk to the race start.

Family members and spectators can ride Gondola One from Vail Village to the finish line at Mid-Vail from 7 to 7:30 a.m. free of charge. This is the only time the gondola will run 

for race spectators, and HillClimb spectators must pick up a ticket at the race registration table. Gondola One starts running for the public at 9:30 a.m., at which point the cost to ride is $55. 

After finishing at Mid-Vail, participants can pick up their custom race T-shirt and refuel with 

tasty Northside Kitchen donuts! The awards ceremony will take place at Mid-Vail with recognition of top participants in each age division. Every runner is entered to win great prizes from our sponsors and the drawing will take place following awards.


Visit www.vailrec.com/register and save on individual races by registering before 

race week. Participants do not need to be registered for the series to participate in individual races.

Individual Rates: $38 pre-registration, $45 week-of registration, $55 day-of registration.

Student Rates (ages 13-17): $25 pre-registration, $30 week-of registration, $37 day-of registration.

Race details are available at www.vailrec.com. For more information or to become a race series sponsor or a race volunteer, call the VRD Sports Department at 970-479-2280 or email sports@vailrec.com.

Next up after the Vail HillClimb, we return to Vail for the 10K & 5K@10,000 Feet on July 15 and the Berry Picker on July 29. We then head downvalley for the Arrowhead Half Marathon & 5K on Aug. 19 before finishing up the series with the MeadowGold 10K & 5K in Minturn on Sept. 9.

Our title sponsor for the 2023 Vail Recreation District Vail Trail Running Series is Dynafit. Presenting sponsors include Bloch & Chapleau Attorneys at Law, Howard Head Sports Medicine, Elevated Dental, Eagle Outside, Boneyard, Town of Minturn, Vail’s Mountain Haus and The Steadman Clinic.

Partners also include Central Rockies Mortgage, New Belgium Brewing, Vail Mountain Coffee and Tea, Northside Coffee and Kitchen, Skratch Labs, Lululemon, Optic Nerve, West Vail Liquor Mart, Vail Resorts, YETI, Vail Honeywagon and FirstBank.

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