Children Ages Six to 12 Will Participate in Fun Challenges and Outdoor Sports; Registration Underway

Kid Swinging on the Rope

An adventure racer challenges the ropes during last summer's practice course.

(Vail)--Adventurous, rope-swinging, mountain biking and independent kids are encouraged to participate in the Vail Recreation District's (VRD) first-annual Vail Kids Adventure Race, taking place Saturday, Aug. 7 in Vail Village and on Vail Mountain and its surrounding wilderness and creeks. During this inaugural race, kids ages six through 12 will team up into pairs and learn the thrill of adventure racing while they participate in a variety of outdoor sports and challenges including mountain biking, hiking, tubing, archery, a low ropes course, a zip line, Tarzan rope, slip-n-slide and more. 

Vail Kids Adventure Race organizer Billy Mattison says the race will emphasize teamwork, problem solving and fun. "The idea behind the race was to create an event that had all the fun things we dreamed about as kids," said Mattison.

Getting Ready to Tube

Adventure racers prepare to tube the Gore Creek.

"By putting zip-lines, slip-n-slides, rope bridges, tubing, mud crawls and anything else we can dream up, the kids are going to have a true adventure and an incredible time. We want the kids to cross the finish line pumped up with smiles on their faces and a feeling of accomplishment."


Mattison says the race also will encourage team independence as family members will be only allowed to spectate and watch as the teams of two navigate the course on their own. "Part of the fun will be to allow the kids to take ownership of the race and do it by themselves," said Mattison. "We'll have plenty of checkpoints, aid stations and course marshals to help as needed."


The race will begin at 9 a.m. at the base of Vail Mountain in Vail Village. Registration cost $150 per team of two and teams will be divided between three age groups, six

Kids Hiking

Adventure racers work together during last summer's practice course.

to seven years old, eight to nine years old and 10 to 12 years old. Registration will be limited to the first 50 teams and is available by clicking here or  calling the VRD at 970-479-2880.


Event sponsors are currently being sought and will receive mention in event collateral, advertisements, news releases and onsite at the event. Current sponsors include The Parents Handbook, KZYR 97.7, Vail Daily, American National Bank and David Honda's Vail Sports Medicine Physical Therapy.


For more information, contact Beth Pappas at the VRD at 970-479-2280 or by e-mail. For information on all other VRD offerings and activities, click here.




Beth Pappas


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