Registration is under way for the 2014 Vail KEEN Kids Adventure Games, the premier race for children ages six to 14 that 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. Formerly the KEEN Vail Kids Adventure Race, the race is scheduled for Aug. 6 -10 in Vail, Colo. as part of a new, exciting eight-race series, the Kids Adventure Games, taking place at various locations across the nation. 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 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 challenging course. Cost for the race is $160 per team of two through June 15. After that date, the cost increases to $180 until registration ends on Aug. 1 or the race is full. Last year's race sold out with a 30 team waiting list, so racers are encouraged to register early. Online registration is available by clicking here, or to download a registration form click here.  

  • 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. Clinics also sold out during last year's event so early registration is encouraged. Cost for the clinics is $50 per child.

  • New in 2014, a Mud Run is scheduled for those too young 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. For younger athletes, not quite old enough to participate in the adventure race, the free KidSPORT Strider Cup bike race will return for ages two through five.

The Vail Kids Adventure Race was founded in 2009 by Hélène and Billy Mattison, longtime Vail locals, who worked with the Vail Recreation District to co-produce the event. After four successful summer events, IMG Worldwide and NRG Marketing joined forces with the Mattson's to create the Kids Adventure Games and are expanding the concept on a national level. The VRD will co-produce this year's event with the KAG event team. According to KAG organizer Billy Mattison, an experienced adventure racer who has competed and won major adventure races throughout the world, he worked with the VRD to create an event that would teach teamwork, independence, problem solving and fun. He says he's thrilled to take the event nation-wide and allow even more kids the opportunity to challenge themselves and their friends while having a true adventure and an incredible time. "The Vail race was the pinnacle in allowing Hélène (Mattson's wife) and I to take this event on the road and share our love and passion for adventure racing with kids all over the nation," said Mattison. "We're excited to continue our adventure with the Vail Rec District in Vail, while we work with our partners at IMG and NRG to allow thousands of kids each year to learn, grow, thrive, be adventurous and most importantly, have fun."

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 2014 KEEN Vail Kids Adventure Games is presented by KidSPORT, Town of Vail and Vail Resort. 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.


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