Balance bike race and family mud race return to adventure games for kids

The Kids Adventure Games runs August 11-14 and includes a balance bike race and a family mud race.
Vail Recreation District/Courtesy Photo

The 2022 Kids Adventure Games kicks off August 11 at Mountain Plaza in the Village of Vail with the Kids Balance Bike Race powered by Gorsuch. Racers aged 5 and under are invited to participate in a race with challenging and fun obstacles, which will launch a great weekend of adventure for the whole family.

The cost of the race is $5. Participants will be divided by age and compete in small groups to compete for the championship. Sixteen children will be placed in each age group with the top two in each round. Participants must compete on a balance bike – no pedal bikes, please – and helmets are mandatory for all riders.

Balance bike cyclists can also have their picture taken by the paparazzi (mum and dad) in the Paparazzi Zone. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged as the number of places is limited to 50 participants. Online registration will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10. Space permitting, on-site registration will take place August 11 starting at 9:00 a.m. at the Mountain Plaza. Visit register.

Runners will receive an official commemorative race plaque. Bib pick-up and pre-race will begin at 9:00 a.m. with races starting at 10:00 a.m. Early bib pick-up will be at the Gorsuch Ski Café in Vail.

The weekend will continue with the 2022 Family Mud Race at 4:30 p.m. on August 13 at the base of Gondola One in Vail Village. Families and individuals of all ages and skill levels are welcome to come exercise and test their competitive spirit on a 1-mile mud-filled running course.

At the end of the course, the Vail Fire Department will be on hand to help rinse attendees. Prizes will be awarded to the best costumes and the most dynamic team.

Costs for the Family Mud Run are $65 for a family of four (two adults and two children) who pre-register by August 12 or $75 for registration day. Costs for people 15 and older are $25 for pre-registered attendees or $31 on the day of; for kids 14 and under, it’s $14 pre-registered and $20 on day of.

Registration for the Family Mud Run is available online at by filling out a Registration Form and return it to the Vail Recreation District (instructions in the form). On-site registration and pre-registered Mud Run bib pick-up will be available at Mountain Plaza.

The 2022 Balance Bike Race and Family Mud Race is made possible by Gorsuch, Strider, Kids Adventure Games, City of Vail and Vail Recreation District.

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