Half Marathon Runs Into Copper This Weekend with 12K, 5K and Kids Marafun
Copper Mountain, CO…August 20, 2009…The Copper Mountain US Race Series Half Marathon returns for a third year of competition on Sat., Aug. 22. In addition to the half marathon through the scenic Rocky Mountains, runners can test their skills with the family-style 12k run, 5k walk and the kids MaraFun. A Friday night race expo and live music will kick off the weekend activities with the running events on Saturday morning. Registration is still open and discount lodging options are available for participants.
Schedule of Events:
Friday, Aug. 21
10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Fridays at Copper (FAC) – Free activities with every $30 shopping or dining purchase at Copper, including a free one-time pass for the climbing wall, bumper boats, quad power jump, go-karts and mini-golf
4 – 8 p.m. Race Expo in Burning Stones Plaza– event vendors, packet pick-up, registration, a pasta dinner and free live music
6 p.m. Friday Night Street Party with free live music by Lipbone Redding and the Lipbone Orchestra in Burning Stones Plaza
Dusk Free screening of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (PG-13) in Burning Stones Outdoor Theater
Saturday, Aug. 22
7 – 9 a.m. Registration in Burning Stones Plaza
9 a.m. Half Marathon begins in Burning Stones Plaza
9:30 a.m. 12K and 5K begin in Burning Stones Plaza
10 a.m. Post-race party at Endo’s Adrenaline Café
11 a.m. Kids MaraFun in Burning Stones Plaza
The exhilarating course starts and finishes in the heart of the Village at Copper and has a little something for every level of runner. The picturesque 13.1 mile course runs from Burning Stones Plaza in Copper through the East Village, Alpine lift and the Triple Treat area. A quick uphill run on Vail Pass turns participants around to face a fast downhill to a grand musical finish into Burning Stones Plaza. The Finish Line Festival at Copper features music, food and beverages and the race awards ceremony. The event IS walker friendly, open to a 13.5 minute per mile pace.
There are spots remaining for those seeking a challenge - online registration is open through Thurs., Aug. 20 at Noon by visiting www.copperhalf.com. Participants may also register Friday evening from 4 - 8 p.m. or Saturday morning from 7 - 9 a.m. in Burning Stone Plaza
After the day’s adventure, enjoy Copper’s restaurants and activities before returning to the comforts of your room. From elaborate condominiums to studio rooms, Copper offers a variety of lodging choices, and offers discounts for race participants. Please contact Copper Mountain Reservations by calling 866.534.7444 and reference the Group Code “3GF194” and/or the Group Name “US Half Marathon.”
The Copper Half Marathon is the 8th of 15 races on the Prostate Awareness and Cancer Education (PACE) Race Series around the United States. Funds from the races are spent on both research and education in the communities, as well as helping to make the quality of life better for both men and women living with prostate cancer. In addition, this years’ event will be staffed by many volunteers from TEAM Summit, a local competition ski and snowboard club for competitive athletes ages 5-and-up.
The Copper Half Marathon couldn’t happen if it wasn’t for the great support of many sponsors: Mad Greens Restaurants, Copper Mountain, PowerADE, Competitor Magazine, Clif Bar, Cascadian Farms and RaceSOX.
Whether to run, walk or watch, plan on being at Copper for the 2009 Half Marathon! For more race-specific information, visit www.copperhalf.com, by phone at 303.926.1017 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.