Kids Adventure Games Unveils New Expert Course, Three Action-Packed Days of Racing, Free Family Adventure Expo, 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 seventh summer the Kids A.G. has taken place in Vail and nearly 780 kids will experience the thrill of adventure racing while channeling their Olympic spirit building self-reliance, grit and resiliency as they compete for "gold."

The Kids A.G. will unveil a new course for Friday’s expert race division. According to Kids A.G. Race Director Billy Mattison, the course will take racers up Vail Mountain and into the wilderness where they’ll encounter an adventure race experience like never before.

“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,” said Mattison. “In celebration of the Olympics, we built a world class course featuring new obstacles including navigating through steep stream beds and bushwhacking with awesome rope obstacles and other challenges that complement the natural terrain of the forest. This is the most demanding course we’ve ever set and we’re excited to watch them work with their teammates and succeed.”

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. Participants will compete on an adventure course in Vail Village and on Vail Mountain that will include a mud pit, rope obstacles, zip line, giant Slip N’ Slide, river tubing and more. The challenging competitions begin at 9 a.m. each day and 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 Slope N' Slide.
--During Friday's race, a number of spectator-friendly challenges will take place around 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. seven years ago and now features eight races 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. “Vail is where we started, it’s our home-base,” said Kids A.G. Co-Founder Helene Mattison. “As we celebrate our seventh 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 Expo, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Solaris Plaza, Vail Village

The free Family Adventure Expo 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 from Horizon Organic, Clif KID, Green Elephant Juicery and more.

Dancing in the Streets with Vail International Dance Festival, 3 p.m. Friday
Mountain Plaza, Vail Village

Join Lil Buck and Ron "Prime Tyme" Myles for Memphis Jookin as part of the Vail International Dance Festival's Dancing in the Streets series. The event takes the Vail International Dance Festival past the boundaries of the stage and into the community, where extraordinary artistic experiences come to our everyday spaces.

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 preregister are $10 for kids, $20 for adults or $50 for a family of four (two kids, two adults). Register at www.vailrec.com.

Fossil Posse: Learning About Our Prehistoric Treasures
1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Mountain Plaza

Don't miss presentations about our prehistoric treasures, fossils. Billy Doran, owner of the Fossil Posse, will be speaking Friday and Saturday about the valley's long hidden treasures of dinosaur fossils, bones, skulls, horns, footprints, teeth, claws, egg shells, skin and more.

Free Bike Clinics With Venture Sports, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Basecamp, 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 lunch for their help. To volunteer, contact Volunteer Coordinator Coco Andrade at vrdsportsadmin@vailrec.com or call 970-479-2280.

The Kids A.G. 2016 race schedule has included events at Snowshoe Mountain, WV; Utah Olympic Park in Park City, UT; Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, CA; the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, VT; and a Family Adventure Quest at Copper Mountain, CO. Upcoming races will take place Aug. 26-27 at Mammoth Mountain, CA, and at Big Bear Lake, CA, on Sept. 3-4.
Although a fairly young event, Kids A.G has experienced remarkable growth and support from multiple national sponsors. The Vail Kids A.G. is presented by Toyota in partnership with Horizon Organic, CLIF Kid, Darn Tough and Slackers, the Town of Vail, Vail Resorts, Kidsport, The Steadman Clinic and Steadman Philippon Research Institute, Vail Recreation District, Honest Kids, Moe’s Original Bar B Que, Smiling Moose, Yellowbelly, Timberline Tours, Andy Linke, Parent’s Handbook, Holy Cross Energy, Evergreen Lodge, Antlers at Vail, Holiday Inn Vail, The Sebastian Hotel, KZYR 97.7, Skipper and Scout, Trick Threads, Axis Sports Medicine, Venture Sports, Holy Cross Energy, Ivivva, Green Elephant Juicery, Eagle River Youth Coalition, Say No More Promotions and Ptarmigan Sports.

To find out more about the race, visit www.kidsadventuregames.com. For general event inquiries, contact Shawn Boris with the Kids Adventure Games at 970-393-0145 or via info@kidsadventuregames. For media inquires, contact Jamie Gunion with iSpoke LLC and Kids Adventure Games LLC at 970-331-5568 or via Jamie@ispoke.net.
About Kids Adventure Games (Kids A.G.):
The Kids Adventure Games™ were co-founded in 2009 by Hélène and Billy Mattison in Vail, Colorado. In 2013, after four successful summer events, Kids A.G. expanded the concept to a national platform with eight events taking place throughout the country. It is the only race of its kind in the nation. The goal is to create a fun and confidence building outdoor experience for kids to gain problem-solving skills while navigating a mountain obstacle course. Participants learn self-reliance, grit and resiliency through the thrill of adventure racing, while enhancing teamwork skills, sportsmanship and a healthy, active lifestyle. www.kidsadventuregames.com

About Vail:
Under blue skies more than 300 days each year, Vail is an extraordinary mountain resort destination. The vacation experience is exceptional, from the awe-inspiring terrain and natural beauty of the surrounding Gore and Sawatch Ranges to world-class events, activities and festivals, shops and spas, and the abundant culinary experiences and luxurious accommodations that line the pedestrian-friendly streets of Vail Village and Lionshead. Vail is where outdoor pursuits meet village sophistication. Offering more than 5,200 acres of developed ski and snowboard terrain including seven legendary Back Bowls in winter, and flourishing with new summer activities in preparation for the debut of Epic Discovery in 2016, the options for year-round adventure are endless. Coupled with the vision inherent in the spirit of Vail’s founders, and a modern day commitment to excellence in all aspects of guest service and operations, Vail is a mountain resort like nothing on earth. www.vail.com.
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, atjamie@ispoke.net, 970-331-5568
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