This weekend in Vail, Colorado, the annual Teva Mountain Games returns with a plethora of art, music, mountains and of course, sports. Notable to Montrail are the Vail Pass Half Marathon and the 10k Spring Runoff, two running events that bring out both elite mountain runners and your everyday enthusiast runners, just out there for a good time and a challenging workout.
Running uphill is fun, right? The Vail Pass Half Marathon starts in Vail Village and climbs 2900 feet to the top of Vail Pass, at an altitude of over 10,000 feet. Clearly this is not your average half marathon. Team Montrail speedsters Megan Lund and Max King will both race on Saturday and have their sights set on a win. Megan is the returning champion, finishing 1st in 2010 in a time of 1:39:37. Living at high altitude in Basalt, CO certainly gives her an advantage in this race. Max King has never run this race, but we all know what he’s capable of. If his lungs can handle the thin air, expect to see Max to finish near the front, chasing down the $1000 prize purse for first place.
After running an uphill half marathon, most of us desire to run a 10k trail race the next day. Okay, maybe not most of us, but Max and Megan certainly do. While in Vail they’ll race the 10k Spring Runoff, a 10km trail run at 9000’. With constant elevation changes and mountainous terrain, expect this one to be challenging yet fast.
Good luck to Max, Megan, and everyone participating at the Teva Mountain Games this weekend. The weather looks to be perfect, so go out there and enjoy.