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Runners can choose from 10K trail run or 5K road run

Summit Daily file photo/Reid WilliamsThe Race for the Health of It 5K and 10K runs are Sunday at Copper Mountain.
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COPPER MOUNTAIN – In addition to the traditional Race for the Health of It 5-kilometer road run – which is relatively noncompetitive and attracts runners and walkers alike – this year’s HealthQuest will also include a more challenging, 10K trail run.Both races start in the Center Village at Copper Mountain but branch off from each other about half a mile into the course.

The road run roams around the climbing wall and down to the resort’s entrance. Most of the course is open, with views of the surrounding mountains and the abounding flora – which should be nearing its most colorful time of year by Sunday.The road run is fast, according to Sue Falsey, one of HealthQuest’s organizers. But there is still an incline, which can challenge the competitors more than they might think, Falsey said.The trail run, in contrast to the road run, offers nature’s up-close beauty and is much more of a huff. As Falsey puts it, “It’s a tough run, challenging and worth every mile.”

The route takes competitors up the Red Tail bike trail and down the Elk Alley bike trail, over a variety of terrain. Said Falsey of the course, which she ran recently with race director Melody Beiler, “We ran in the forest, over wooden bridges, over grassy paths and rocky trails, and we could name the ski runs we were crossing – Foul Play, Main Vein, Coppertone, Carefree … We recalled the powder days.”Whether you’re a Copper resident (as Falsey is) or not, this trail run is a great way to see what Copper’s terrain feels like when your feet aren’t attached to skis or a snowboard.Both races start at noon on Sunday. Registration can be done at any of the three Alpine Banks in the county; at HealthQuest’s silent auction and dinner on Saturday night; or online at http://www.active.com. The cost is $18 in advance, or $20 on the day of the race.



In addition to the prize of a Copper season ski pass, there will be great raffle prizes for race competitors.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at doneil@summitdaily.com.


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