The countdown for the Vail Kids Adventure Games is on. In less than three weeks, Aug. 7-9, children ages six to 14 will race and navigate an adventure course throughout Vail Village and on Vail Mountain that will include a mud pit, a low ropes course, a zip line, a giant slope-n-slide, tubing and more as part of the Games. Adults 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 at the start and finish lines.   

Approximately 80-100 volunteers are needed each day to assist with a variety of tasks during race, which will include assisting and watching 750 young competitors challenge themselves along the way says Kids Adventure Games Volunteer Coordinator Carey Anderson. "In our sixth year, we're so appreciative of how the community rallies around this event," said Anderson. "This is the largest event in the eight-race series and we've watched it expand over the years. We could not provide such an excellent experience for our racers and their families without the many volunteers that come back annually to watch these kids compete, race and have fun in Vail."  
Volunteers will receive an official event T-shirt while supplies last. Local school groups and non-profit organizations who wish to volunteer will receive a financial donation for having no less than 10 people work during the event. Volunteer shifts are as follows:
  • 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 5-6: Assist with athlete check-in, skills clinics and the Family Adventure Expo. Shorter shifts are available on these days.
  • 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 7-9: Race day activities including course marshals, timing, athlete check-in, etc. Family Adventure Expo help is also needed on Aug. 7. Lunch will be provided for volunteers who sign up for a full shift.
The race, which was designed by Billy Mattison, a former adventure racer, is in its sixth year and has been received so enthusiastically that registration is full on Friday and Saturday and reaching capacity for Sunday. The Vail Recreation District provides operational support for Kids Adventure Games LLC during the Vail event.   
The Vail Kids Adventure Games is proud to partner with the Town of Vail, Horizon, Kidsport, Vail Valley Medical Center, Clif Kid, Go Pro and SmartWool.  

For information about volunteering, contact Carey Anderson or Beth Pappas at 970-479-2280 or via email at canderson@vailrec.com. Volunteers can also sign up online by visiting kidsadventuregames.webconnex.com/volunteer_2015. To find out more about the race, visit www.vailkidsadventuregames.com or call 970-401-3084. 


Beth Pappas, VRD Sports/Events Partnership Manager, 970-479-2280             
Carey Anderson, Vail Kids Adventure Games Volunteer Coordinator, 970-479-2280                      
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