The Vail Recreation District's fourth annual KEEN Family Mud Run will take place Saturday, Aug. 12 in Vail, Colo. as part of the 2017 Vail Kids Adventure Games presented by Toyota. The KEEN Family Mud Run is open to all ages and is the perfect opportunity for those who are too young or too old to participate in the Kids A.G., but still want to join in on the activities.
The KEEN Family Mud Run, presented by the Vail Valley Medical Center and the Steadman Clinic, will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 12 at the base of Gondola One in Vail Village. Families and individuals of all ages and ability levels are invited to come test their competitive streak during a one-mile, mud-filled race course. The run is fun for the whole family, and the Vail Fire Department helps out with rinsing off participants. In addition, all racers will receive a fun commemorative race gift from the sponsors.

VRD Events and Partnership Director Beth Pappas says she is excited about the return of the KEEN Family Mud Run as part of the Vail Kids A.G. this year. "The mud run has become a popular choice during the week, as we are always looking for fun ways to get younger and older participants involved in the event that may not be within the age requirements of the Kids Adventure Games," said Pappas. "It's also a great way for visitors, who may not have the whole week to spare, to get down and dirty on Saturday afternoon."
Costs for the race are $50 for a family of four (two adults and two children) who preregister by Friday, Aug. 11 or $60 day-of registration; $20 for individuals 15 years and older or $25 day-of; $10 for children 14 years and younger or $15 day-of. On-site registration and preregistered mud run bib pickup is available at Kidsport in Vail Village (across from Solaris Plaza) during the following dates:
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 9
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 10
  • 4 to 6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 11
  • 3 to 4:30 p.m., in Mountain Plaza (not Kidsport), Saturday, Aug. 12
Registration for the KEEN Family Mud Run is available online at www.vailrec.com.  
The Vail Kids Adventure Games is a five-day event for ages six through 14, where teams of two compete through fun, but challenging obstacles set in Vail Village and on Vail Mountain. Prior to the three days of racing, there are two days of skills clinics available to get racers excited, as well as help increase confidence before the big race. Throughout the event there is a Family Adventure Zone, which will be held at Solaris in Vail Village.
For more information on the KEEN Family Mud Run, call 970-479-2280 or visit www.vailrec.com. For more information on the Kids Adventure Games, visit www.kidsadventuregames.com.
About the Vail Recreation District
The Vail Recreation District's mission is to offer diverse and exceptional recreation opportunities that enhance the physical, social and emotional well-being of all its residents and guests. The VRD aims to help Vail Valley residents and visitors pursue their recreational passions by providing the following outlets for competition in summer and winter via a running and a mountain bike race series, numerous tournaments and/or leagues for hockey, volleyball, lacrosse, softball, golf, tennis, soccer, flag football, broomball, figure skating and rugby; venues like Dobson Ice Arena, Vail Golf Club, Vail Nordic Center, Vail Gymnastics Center, Vail Nature Center, Vail Skatepark, Vail Tennis Center, Community Programming, Vail's Imagination Station and use of additional gyms, playing fields and the surrounding White River National Forest via collaboration with local entities; sports classes and camps for youth, adults and families; and opportunities to learn about and appreciate our Rocky Mountain environment through guided activities, classes and camps.
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