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Route of trail running race set

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The route for the new trail-running installment in the Power of Four series has been announced.

The 50K trail-running race on Aug. 4 joins the mountain-bike and ski-mountaineering races in the Power of Four series, which takes competitors over all four Aspen/Snowmass skie areas in each event.

The trail race will begin at the base of Aspen Mountain, peak at the Sundeck and follow single-/double-track trails through Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass before finishing in Base Village. The course will challenge racers with almost 10,000 feet of climbing over 31 miles. Final race course details and GPS track for the race are now available online at http://www.aspensnowmass.com/events-and-activities/events/power-of-four-50k/course-info.

The Power of Four mountain-bike race on Aug. 3 will follow the same route as previous years with the start in Snowmass Base Village and finish at Aspen Mountain gondola plaza. The mountain-bike course is also available online at http://www.aspensnowmass.com/events-and-activities/events/power-of-four-mountain-bike-race/course-info.

Each race will feature a solo category with the run being a full 50K and relay options for teams to split the race. Teams of two will have a transition relay point at the base of Tiehack for both races. There will also be relay teams of four with each team member tackling one of the four mountains.

Each race will award a $2,500 prize purse. The top three men and women finishers will be paid out of the purse. All registered racers will receive a Helly Hansen Cool Tee, and finishers will receive a custom gift with the race logo.

Half-off lift tickets are available for family members of racers to spectate from top of Aspen Mountain or Elk Camp Gondola. Vouchers for the discount are avialable at registration.

An after-party for the bike race is at Ajax Tavern at the base of Aspen on Aug. 3. The trail race after party will be at Base Camp in Snowmass Base Village on Aug. 4. The award ceremonies are at 3:30 p.m. each day.

Registration is available at http://www.aspensnowmass.com/poweroffour. Early registration pricing ends on July 28. Online registration will close at 5 p.m. Aug. 1. On-site registration is from noon to 7 p.m. on Aug. 2 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Aspen Mountain ticket office. All racers must be checked in the day prior to their start.


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