Registrations are filling up faster than ever as Kids Adventure Games plans return to Vail in 2022

Shaeffer Dodd and Hans Witenburg cross the finish line at the Kids Adventure Games in Vail in 2019. The event will return to Vail in August after a three-year absence.
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VAIL – One of Vail Village’s liveliest events, the Kids Adventure Games, will return in 2022 after a three-year absence.

The Kids Adventure Games, during their signature weekend in August each year, were known for turning every corner of Vail Village into an adventure course. The event was founded in Vail in 2010 and expanded nationwide a few years later.

In 2020, however, the Kids Adventure Games were canceled due to the pandemic and in 2021 when the event returned to Eagle County, it was held at Maloit Park in Minturn rather than its former home. in Vail.



Children will participate in the Vail Mountain portion of the Kids Adventure Games course in 2019. The event will return to Vail in 2022.
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Organizer Helene Mattison said she was delighted to welcome children to Vail Village who had never attended before. Kids Adventure Games uses both Vail Village and Vail Mountain to test kids’ skills in running, biking, climbing, paddling and more.

“Vail is our signature location,” Mattison said. “People see this happening all over the village, they see kids in the creek and running around town, and so the conversation going around town is about adventure games for kids.”



As a result, Mattison said registrations for the Kids Adventure Games are filling up faster than usual.

“This year it looks like it will sell out sooner than ever,” Mattison said.

The event has space for hundreds of children to form teams of two and join in, and while it always fills to capacity, this year the event appears to be reaching capacity a lot faster than usual, Mattison said.

Children navigate a mud race course in Vail in 2017. The mud race was a side challenge associated with the annual Kids Adventure Games.
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By mid-May, organizers said the event was already 80% full.

“That usually doesn’t happen,” Mattison said. “We are seeing huge demand.”

The event will take place from August 12-14, with three different adventure courses set up for children. The longest course will be set up on Friday and the shortest course will be set up on Sunday.

On Tuesday, there was only room for eight other teams in the Saturday group of 8-9 and 10-11 year olds. The 10-11 and 12-14 age groups for the long course on Friday had 26 team places remaining, and the 6-7 and 8-9 age groups for the shorter course on Sunday had 36 places left. of remaining teams on Tuesday.

Once the event fills, skills clinics and other satellite events will likely be announced. In 2017, after over 900 kids participated in the main event, a mud race was announced that attracted another 250 participants.

Mattison said that so far this year, the only side event that has been announced is a skills clinic that will take place on Thursday, August 11 from 1 to 5 p.m.

A group of children climb a rope wall to reach a slide and slide feature at Maloit Park in August. Kids climbed, ran and biked to the finish line for the Kids Adventure Games return to Eagle County.
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“We’ve only opened 100 slots for the skills clinic at this point,” Mattison said. “And we still have about 40 places left.”

While everyone involved is excited to return to Vail, Mattison said the Minturn location also has its benefits and could have a place in the future of the Kids Adventure Games circuit.

“The Maloit Park course has gone back to the basics of adventure racing,” Mattison said. “I have lots of ideas to hold a qualifying event or practice run there, to use the area in the future as an expansion event on the Kids Adventure Games.”

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