Get your Kids Adventure Race on at Squaw Valley |

Get your Kids Adventure Race on at Squaw Valley

Special to the Sun
Sign up now for a swinging time at the Squaw Valley Kids Adventure Race for ages 6 to 14.
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SQUAW VALLEY, Calif. — Registration is under way for the 2014 Kids Adventure Games for children ages 6 to 14 that features teams of two competing in mountain biking, hiking, zip lines, a Tarzan rope swing, giant “Slope-n-Slide,” cargo nets, and mud pits.

The race is scheduled for June 28 at Squaw Valley as part of a new, eight-race series. Kids Adventure Games will take place at locations across the nation.

The race will take place on Saturday, June 28, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. The exact race course is kept a secret until race day. Participants will be given a map and must navigate their way through the course. Parents are encouraged to watch and cheer on their kids from the sidelines. The course is a parent-free zone.

To accommodate different racing abilities, younger or beginner racers will compete on a short course.

Older racers will compete on a longer course with more challenging obstacles.

Cost for the race is $120 per team of two through June 1. After that date, the cost increases to $150 until registration ends on June 14 or the race is full. Last year’s race in Vail, Colo. sold out with a 30-team waiting list, so racers are encouraged to register early at http://www.kidsadventuregames.con.

Clinics for racers to learn and improve their skills will take place on Friday, June 27, featuring 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.

Participants must register as a team. Teams are encouraged to create a fun name and crazy uniform. All participants will receive cool swag from event sponsors.

Kids Adventure Race organizer and international adventure racer Billy Mattison said the races emphasize teamwork, problem solving and fun.

“The idea behind the race is to create an event that has all the fun things we dreamed about as kids,” said Mattison. “By putting zip-lines, slip-n-slides, rope bridges, tubing, mud crawls and anything else we can dream up, the kids 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.”

He said he’s thrilled to take the event to Squaw Valley and allow kids the opportunity to challenge themselves and their friends. “Squaw Valley is a perfect venue for the Kids Adventure Games and we are proud to partner with them this summer. They share our goal to provide kids the opportunity to learn, grow, thrive, be adventurous and most importantly, have fun.”

The Kids Adventure Games was founded in 2009 by Hélène and Billy Mattison with one event in Vail, Colo. After five successful summer events, NRG Marketing joined forces with the Mattsons to expand the Kids Adventure Games on a national level.

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