Vail Restaurant Month Run, Ride, Refresh event features top cycling, running coaches Carmichael, Miller

By Real Vail
September 27, 2011
This Saturday's second annual Run, Ride, Refresh event is set for 1 p.m. and will offer a rare opportunity to join a free guided mountain bike ride led by Lance Armstrong's coach Chris Carmichael or a trail run led by coach and manager of the U.S. Women's Mountain Running Team, Ellen Miller.

The run and ride will take place on the same loop on Vail Mountain with mountain bikers heading out first. Each loop is 4.7 miles with a vertical gain of 1,200 feet and promises spectacular fall foliage, views of the Gore Mountain Range and a beautiful run or ride on Vail Mountain's signature trails, Lion Down and Hank's Hideaway.

After the first loop, runners and riders may choose to do an additional loop prior to celebrating their accomplishment with a little relaxation on the Vail Chophouse Slopeside deck in LionsHead Village in Vail.

Refreshing beer and bubbly libations will feature Moët & Chandon Champagne specials and a free glass of Michelob Ultra for participants. The Chophouse post-ride event will also provide a unique chance to sit down with Carmichael and Miller and discuss tips and the new trends and technologies breaking out in each sport.
Chris Carmichael, who has coached Tour De France winner Lance Armstrong and Olympic champion George Hincapie, will lead mountain bikers on a free ride on Vail Mountain.

According to the National Weather Service, temperatures will be in the upper 60s Saturday afternoon and Carmichael, who also offers training programs in Vail during the summer, is looking forward to the cool temperatures and fall colors.

"With the aspens changing color, the warm fall sunshine and the incredible trail system, there's no better time to hit the trails in Vail," said Carmichael. "I'm looking forward to the Run, Ride, Refresh event because it's a unique way to combine my passions for endurance sports and great food." The group run and ride, co-sponsored by Runner's World, Bicycling, Vail Restaurant Month, Vail Chophouse and the Vail Recreation District, will meet at 1 p.m. in front of the Vail Chophouse, at the base of the Gondola in LionsHead.

Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Those not able to join the run or ride, are welcome to gather at the Vail Chophouse for the post-ride event and enjoy après specials taking place as part of the event.

To sign up for the free event, contact Ruthie Carlson at or (970) 845-7673. Additionally, participants will receive a Run, Ride, Refresh branded goodie bag from Runner's World and Bicycling magazines that will include the latest issues of the magazines, plus a copy of The Athlete's Palate Cookbook, over a $30 value.

Lodging packages are available for the Run, Ride, Refresh event as part of Vail Restaurant Month and are available the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort and Spa by clicking here. Packages include a $100 credit at the Golden Leaf Spa and a Vail pass bike tour for two.

Run, Ride, Refresh is part of Vail Restaurant Month, which is taking place until Oct. 16 and is featuring a month full of star chefs, singular dining experiences, wine and beer tastings, health/wellness/spa packages, romantic getaways, family fun, seminars, chef demos, recipes, family cooking experiences, celebrity author readings and book signings, outdoor adventures and more.

For more information about Run, Ride, Refresh, contact Ruthie Carlson at, or visit For details on all Vail Recreation District activities, click here.

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