(Vail)-The KEEN Vail Kids Adventure Race returns for its second year on Saturday (8-13) featuring a one-of-a-kind event that will test teams of two, ages 6 to 12, with athletic and problem-solving challenges as they compete for the best time on Vail Mountain and in Vail Village. The race, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., sold out last week and will require participants to plot their course with a map and receive stamps for each successfully-completed activity. Many participants will dress up in costumes, decorate their bicycles or paint their faces to tackle the adventure course, which includes obstacles such as a zipline, mudpit, tubing down Gore Creek, rock climbing in Solaris plaza, flying down a giant slope-n-slide on Pepi's Face ski run and more.   According to Vail Recreation District (VRD) race director Beth Pappas, the race is not only fun for the participants, but so spectator friendly that it will make any adventurous adult envious. Pappas said teams, with names such as Fast and Furious Fireballs or Denver Dynamite, can get as competitive as they want on the course, but parents will only be allowed to assist when absolutely necessary. "The race will allow the kids to race independently and work together learning team work all in the spirit of fun, friendly competition," said Pappas. "We really feel this is the coolest kids race on the planet and even those just in town for the day will have a blast watching as the youngsters tackle the course."    The race is sold out with a waiting list, but children and adults who want to share in Saturday's excitement will have ample spectator opportunities from locations all over Vail Village and Vail Mountain. A map of the race will not be available until race-day so that participants will all see the course logistics at the same time. Spectators, at any point along the course, will be treated to continuous action. Top viewing areas include:    
  • Mountain Plaza at the base of Vail Mountain near the Vista Bahn will be abuzz with activity throughout the event as teams set off and return to their staging areas between challenges. Young racers will be getting outfitted with gear for their next sport and racing off again. From Mountain Plaza sports fans can access several different exciting activities, including the giant slope-n-slide, located on Pepi's Face on Vail Mountain; the slackline over a mudpit, adjacent to the Vista Bahn; and the zipline, which requires a short but steep climb up Vail Mountain.  
  • Watch the tubing challenge from anywhere along the bank of the Gore Creek in between the Covered Bridge and International Bridge.
  • Watch children throughout Vail Village and Golden Peak who may be passing by on bicycles or on foot carrying their gear and tubes to and from the creek
  • Solaris where racers will tackle the rock climbing wall. The wall is a new obstacle in 2011.
  • At 2 p.m. in Mountain Plaza, all race participants receive pizza and a certificate to recognize them for their accomplishments. Winners of each age group will climb onto the winners' podium and receive a trophy. There will be three winners in each age category.  
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Contact:          Beth Pappas, 970-479-2280             
                       VRD Sports/Events Partnership Manager               

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