Kids Adventure Games Offers Three Action-Packed Days of Racing, Free Family Adventure Zone, Family Mud Run and More

One of the summer’s most anticipated family events, the Vail Kids Adventure Games (Kids A.G.) presented by Toyota, will arrive in Vail this week with five days of family fun, race action and a lot of mud.

Considered to be the nation’s premier adventure race for kids ages six to 14, the sold out race will feature teams of two tackling a course with mountain biking, trekking, rope swings, mud pits, cargo nets, zip lines, water obstacles, a giant Slip ‘N Slide (fan favorite) and more. This is the eighth summer the Kids A.G. has taken place in Vail and over 800 kids will experience the thrill of adventure racing while they learn teamwork, environmental stewardship and build a lot of grit and resilience.

Over the past eight years, the Kids A.G. has introduced over 15,000 kids to the sport of adventure racing. “We invite families to come out and unplug from technology for the weekend while racers learn, grow and explore,” said Kids A.G. Co-Founder Helene Mattison.

“Our most adventurous racers will be challenged and have to work together more than ever as we take them on an amazing experience on Vail Mountain and in Vail Village,” continued Mattison. “We've once again built world class courses featuring new obstacles and race favorites, plus other challenges that complement the natural terrain of Vail Mountain."
The Kids Adventure Games races will take place Friday through Sunday with 375 teams of two competing in what is considered to be one of the coolest kids' races on the planet. Competition begins at 9 a.m. each day at Mountain Plaza in Vail Village. The adventure course will include a mud pit, rope obstacles, zip line, giant Slip N’ Slide, river tubing and more in Vail Village and on Vail Mountain. The challenging competitions will offer opportunities for spectators to share in the excitement at various locations along the course. The exact route and the specific challenges of the course will not be released until just before the competition, but several key areas will present a hub of racing activities:   
  • Mountain Plaza at the base of Vail Mountain in Vail Village will serve as the staging area where teams will suit up and set off between challenges.  
  • At the base of Vail Mountain, just above Mountain Plaza on Pepi's Face, sports fans can access (by foot) some of the most exciting activities, including the giant Slip N' Slide.
  • During Friday's race, a number of spectator-friendly challenges will take place at Ford Park and the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens.
  • The tubing challenge will take place along Gore Creek between the Covered Bridge and International Bridge in Vail Village.
  • Children will be running and biking throughout Vail Village and Golden Peak.
  • At 3 p.m. Friday through Sunday, the after-party and awards ceremony will take place at Mountain Plaza where all race participants will celebrate the day.
The Kids Adventure Games originated in Vail, Colo. eight years ago and now features racing at nine resort locations across the nation. The games in each city are tailored to the natural terrain of the area to maintain the authenticity and personality distinct to that location.

“We're always excited to return to Vail where it all started,” said Mattison. “As we celebrate our eighth year, we hope everyone will have a blast, come out and cheer these kids as they work hard to tackle these courses, and most of all, have fun.”

Although the adventure race is sold out, there are still plenty of opportunities to take part in the action, including:

Free Family Adventure Zone, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday
Solaris Plaza, Vail Village

The free Family Adventure Zone will feature fun activities including the Skipper and Scout Climbing Wall, Cave of Confusion, photo booth, helmet safety checks with Vail Valley Medical Center, the Steadman Clinic spirit station full of crafting supplies to create cheer cards, slacklines from B4 Adventures, product sampling a variety of sponsors and more.

KEEN Family Mud Run, 4:30 p.m. Saturday
Mountain Plaza, Vail Village

For those who are missing out on the adventure race or are just ready to get down and dirty, the KEEN Family Mud Run will feature a one-plus mile course with plenty of mud and mud pits for everyone. It’s open to all ages and costumes are encouraged. Costs to pre register are $10 for kids, $20 for adults or $50 for a family of four (two kids, two adults). Register at www.vailrec.com.

Free Bike Clinics With Venture Sports, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday
Mountain Plaza, Vail Village

During the free clinics, Venture Sports professionals will go over what to check on bikes before riding such as tire pressure, brakes and shifting and what to clean and take care of after riding. The flat repair clinic will go over what bikers need to carry with them in order to change flats and how to change a flat while on the trail, road or at home.  

Inyodo Martial Arts Demonstration, 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Mountain Plaza, Vail Village

Prior to Saturday and Sunday’s awards ceremony, come watch students of all ages and belt ranks perform what they spend hours of time on the mat at Inyodo Martial Arts perfecting.

Additionally, those who don't want to be left out of the action are being sought to join in as volunteers and help with the various obstacles, course marshaling, transition areas and the start and finish area during the event. The Kids A.G. also provides local school groups and non-profit organizations an opportunity to receive a financial contribution for working the event. Volunteers will receive an event T-shirt, a pair of Darn Tough socks and goodies from CLIF Kid and Horizon Organic. To volunteer, Vail Recreation District Sports at vrdsports@vailrec.com or call 970-479-2280.

The 2017 Kids A.G. competition schedule has featured race action at Park City, Utah; Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, CA;  Copper Mountain, CO; Big Sky, MT;  Stowe, VT; and Wilmot Mountain, WI. In addition to this weekend's race the final two races will take place at Stevens Pass Resort near Seattle, WA on Aug. 25-27 (new); and at Bear Mountain in Big Bear Lake, CA on Sept. 2-4.

To find out more about the race, visit www.kidsadventuregames.com. For general event inquiries, contact Helene Mattison at 970-401-3804 or via email at info@kidsadventuregames.com. For media inquiries, contact Jamie Gunion with the Kids Adventure Games at 970-331-5568 or via Jamie@ispoke.net.
The Kids Adventure Games LLC is an equal opportunity service provider and operates under a special permit from the White River National Forest.


Jamie Gunion, 970-331-5568, jamie@ispoke.net
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