06/12/2014
Three Days of Racing, New Family Mud Run, Family Adventure Expo, Skills Clinics and More
Over 295 teams, or 590 kids, have signed up for the coolest kids' race on the planet, the 2014 KEEN Vail Kids Adventure Games. With only 80 spots remaining, prices for Vail's race will increase on Sunday (6-15) from $150 to $180 per team of two. The KEEN Vail Kids Adventure Games will take place Aug. 6-10 as part of a nationwide seven-race series. It is the premier race for children ages six to 14 and features teams of two competing in mountain biking, hiking, zip lines, a Tarzan rope swing, giant Slope-n-Slide, river tubing, cargo nets, mud pits and more.

According to Vail Recreation District Events and Sponsorships Manager Beth Pappas, the 2013 race sold out with a 30 team waiting list, so early registration is encouraged. "We are excited about the three day format because we can accommodate 50 percent more kids this year," said Pappas. "Plus the expanded Family Adventure Expo and Mud Run will allow more families to participate, even if their kids are not racing."

Adventure racers who have competed in the KEEN Vail Kids Adventure Race in previous years will experience the same great race excitement in 2014, to include three days of racing, two days of skills clinics, a new Family Mud Run, Family Adventure Expo and more. Event details are as follows:

To accommodate different racing abilities, younger or beginner racers will compete on a short course on Friday, Aug. 8. Intermediate racers will compete on Saturday, Aug. 9 featuring longer, more challenging obstacles. Racing will conclude on Sunday, Aug. 10 for older, more experienced racers who will test themselves and their teammates on a Slope-n-Slide on Vail Mountainchallenging course. There are 17 spots left for Friday's race, 24 for Saturday's race and 39 spots for Sunday's race. Registration ends on Aug. 1 or when the race fills. Online registration is available by going to www.vailkidsadventuregames.com.

Clinics will return and offer opportunities for racers to learn and improve their skills on Wednesday, Aug. 6 and Thursday, Aug. 7. Clinics feature teamwork, race-day preparation, climbing and mountain biking. There are currently 10 spaces remaining for Wednesday's clinic and Thursday's clinic is sold out. Early registration is encouraged. Cost for the clinics is $50 per child.

New in 2014, a Mud Run is scheduled for those too young (or too old) to race in the games, those who are in town but do not plan on competing in the race and adventure racers with more energy left to burn. The mud run will allow kids and adults alike to get down and dirty on a one mile course and costumes are highly encouraged. Costs are $50 for a family of four (two adults and two children), $20 for those ages 15 and older or $10 for children 14 and younger who preregister for the race. Race day costs are $55 for a family of four (two adults and two children), $25 for ages 15 and older and $15 for children ages 14 and younger. The Mud Run will take place at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9 in Vail Village.

Returning this year, spectators and participants can enjoy the free Family Adventure Expo taking place Aug. 7-9 in Solaris Plaza in Vail Village. The expo will showcase adventure activities including rock climbing, slacklines, meet and greets with Vail Mountain Rescue Dogs, free helmet checks and learning opportunities with Vail Valley Medical Center, a spirit station from the Steadman Clinic and more.  

Antler's at Vail
To determine which course or race day is more appropriate for your child, please see FAQ's at www.vailkidsadventuregames.com. Participants must register as a team. No incomplete registrations will be accepted. All participants will receive cool SWAG from title sponsor KEEN and a variety of other sponsors.
 
The VRD has partnered with the Antler's at Vail to offer families a kid-friendly place to rest and prepare for the games. The Antler's is offering $199 for studio and one-bedroom units or 20 percent off for larger units. Book online at www.antlersvail.com using group code "keenkids" or call 1-888-268-5377 and mention KeenKids at time of booking.  
 
The 2014 KEEN Vail Kids Adventure Games is presented by KidSPORT, Town of Vail, Vail Resorts and Horizon Organics. Additional sponsors include the Vail Valley Medical Center, the Steadman Clinic, Steadman Philippon Research Institute, Timberline Tours, KZYR-The Zephyr and The Parent's Handbook.
 
For more information on the KEEN Vail Kids Adventure Games, call the VRD's Sports Department at 970-479-2280, or go to www.vailkidsadventuregames.com. For more information on the Kids Adventure Games events taking place at other locations, visit www.kidsadventuregames.com.

Contact(s)

Beth Pappas, 970-479-2280                   Denise Lavaroni, 415-455-8498
KEEN Vail Kids Adventure Games             Kids Adventure Games Series
   
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