Audi Power of Four trail running races July 18-19 |

Audi Power of Four trail running races July 18-19

Staff report
A woman runs the Power of Four Trail Race in 2014. The race returns with new courses and activities on July 18-19.
Jeremy Swanson/Courtesy photo |

For the third year in a row, Aspen/ Snowmass will present the Audi Power of Four Trail Race on July 18-19. The race continues to grow and attract some of the best runners in the state.

This year, the 50K Ultra has been named the U.S. Skyrunner Series North American Continental Championships and the new Vertical K race, also part of the U.S. Skyrunner Series, has been added to the event schedule, according to a statement.

“[I’m] looking forward to racing the Power of Four again this year,” said Paul Hamilton, second-place finisher in the 2014 Audi Power of Four 50K Ultra. “The Aspen area is beautiful, the course is fast and flowy, and you guys put on a great event.

“The competition for the race is looking stout, and it’s going to take a great race to get on the podium again,” he added.

The event’s signature race is a challenging 50K Ultra that covers the four Aspen/Snowmass mountains (Snowmass, Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands and Aspen Mountain) utilizing a mix of single-track and dirt road. The course has 12,178 feet of elevation gain and 11,632 feet of elevation loss across a 31-mile (50K) course that begins at the base of Aspen Mountain, climbs to the Sundeck, and then follows single- and double-track trails over Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass before finishing at Snowmass Base Village.

In addition, the event offers a 25K race along the famed Government Trail that covers the mountains of Buttermilk and Snowmass. This course option features an elevation gain of 4,918 feet and 4,483 feet in elevation loss.

The 50K and 25K races will both take place July 19.

New to the Audi Power of Four event schedule, the U.S. Skyrunner Series Vertical K trail race will take place July 18. The course will challenge participants to be the fastest runner up Aspen Mountain covering approximately 3 miles of terrain with an elevation gain of 3,267 feet.

The 2015 Audi Power of Four Trail Race will have a total prize purse of $5,000. Prizing for the 50K will consist of $3,500 divvied up amongst the top three men and women, $1,000 for the 25K and $500 for the Vertical K.

All 50K and 25K participants will receive an exclusive Helly Hansen Power of Four Trail Race technical shirt, post-race meal, free beer, chip timing with results at the finish line and a custom finisher gift.

In addition, ultra-runner Dakota Jones will lead a trail run around Aspen on July 18. The run will start at 9 a.m. at the base of Aspen Mountain returning before the start of the Vertical K race. The run is meant to be a casual outing and is free to participants.


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