Get ready to run, or watch elite runners from all over the globe, at Copper Mountain this weekend for the La Maratona Verticale, which is part of the 2014 US SkyRunning Series.
La Maratona Verticale takes place on both Saturday and Sunday (July 26-27) and features a full marathon (26.2 miles/42K) and a half marathon (13.1 miles/21K) on Saturday, July 26 starting at 6 a.m. and a Vertical K (3 miles/5K) on Sunday, July 27 at 9 a.m.
The Vertical Marathon will have over 10,000 feet of elevation gain over 13.1 miles and the Vertical K will gain over 4,000 feet over the 3-mile ascent. The elite runners and world champions participating in La Maratona Verticale include: Chris Grauch, Eric Grossman, Jim Rebenack, John Tribbia, Simon Gutierrez, Sara Wagner and Stevie Kremer.
For easy viewing all races start in Burning Stones Plaza before making their way uphill. Starting at 10 a.m. you can ride the American Eagle Chairlift, with the purchase of a summer lift pass, to view the race from Solitude Station on mountain.
La Maratona Verticale Running Expo will run in Burning Stones Plaza both days and feature Vertical Running Breckenridge, Salomon Footwear, UGO Bars, Runner’s Roost Denver, Naked Juice, and City on a Hill Coffee.
SkyRunning, or high-altitude running, is defined as the discipline of mountain running up to or exceeding 2,000 meters. The sport is comprised of a number of different disciplines from the short, steep Vertical Kilometer to the more popular SkyRace and Ultra SkyMarathon.