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Green commuting challenge underway through Oct. 15

Contact:    Kristen Bertuglia, Town of Vail, 970-477-3455                  
                Jamie Gunion, Vail Recreation District, 970-479-2446

Town of Vail, Vail Recreation District, ECO Trails Challenge the Eagle Valley Community to Bike, Run, Walk and Skate More and Drive Less

The Town of Vail, Vail Recreation District and ECO Trails are calling out to the community to find Eagle Valley residents with the most Sole Power as part of a new green commuting challenge underway through Oct. 15.  The new challenge is free and designed to encourage individuals and teams to use non-motorized transportation to and from work, running errands, social functions or wherever their destination may be. Participants are asked to login by clicking here and then track daily miles. During the challenge, participants can also track daily stats against other teams and riders, as well as calculate calories burned, gas money saved, carbon dioxide emissions eliminated and more. At the end of the challenge, prizes will be awarded to the top teams and individuals who achieved the most mileage and most trips. Over $1,000 in prizes will be given away to those with the most Sole Power throughout the challenge through weekly drawings for anyone logging miles within that week.

According to Town of Vail Environmental Sustainability Coordinator Kristen Bertuglia, utilizing non-motorized transportation methods can add up quickly in terms of money savings, environmental and health benefits. Bertuglia says, as an example, an average car driven 30 miles per day and 300 days per year will account for 9,000 miles and approximately 360 gallons of fuel, costing the driver $1,444 and creating 6,984 pounds of carbon dioxide. "The Sole Power challenge is an opportunity for those who already commute via bicycling, walking, skating or some other form of non-motorized transportation to be rewarded for their efforts," said Bertuglia. "We want to offer our community members recognition for choosing to reduce their carbon footprint, lead a healthier lifestyle and encourage others to do the same."

Supporters of the Sole Power challenge include the Vail Chophouse, Pazzo's Pizzeria, West Vail Liquor Mart, Cinebistro, Bōl, Marketplace on Meadow Drive, Antlers Lodge, The Sebastian Hotel, Rocky Mountain Bicycles, Aria Spa and Club and Riverwalk and Capital Theaters in Edwards. An awards party will be held at the Vail Chophouse featuring appetizers and beverages for participants, compliments of the Vail Chophouse. 

For more information on the Sole Power Challenge, contact Bertuglia at 970-477-3455 or visit