Adventure seekers come in all shapes and sizes. As such, it’s only appropriate for certain events to cater to this younger generation of adventure enthusiasts. For once, height requirements will work in favor of the vertically challenged.
That’s because The Kids Adventure Games tour comes to Sun Valley, Idaho this weekend, from August 30-31, 2014. Youngsters from around the world, ages 6-14, are invited to participate in this event, which promises to test your 6-year-old’s abilities in hiking, biking, and tubing. But if that’s not challenging enough, these young adventurers will also have to endure numerous obstacles along the race course, including a zip line, a rope bridge, a slick wall and…a mud pit (just to name a few).
The race, sponsored by Sun Valley Resort, the city of Ketchum, Horizon Organic, GoPro and Clif Kid, is the brainchild of Hélène and Billy Mattison. The duo wanted to design a race competition that would include everything kids enjoy. As such, the first Kids Adventure Games was founded in Vail, Colo. in 2009. Since then, the popular event has expanded into a tour, which travels to various resort locations through out the country. This year alone, it has reached Vail, Snowbird in Utah, Mammoth Mountain and Squaw Valley in California, Big Ski in Montana, and the Trapp Family Lodge in Vermont.
Specifically, this weekend, the Sun Valley event will be held at the River Run base of Bald Mountain and consists of a bike challenge, a hiking course, and a tube run down the Big Wood River. Starting, Saturday, Aug. 30, kids can check in and attend optional skill clinics to get a feel of what they’ll be up against. The real deal, however, begins Sunday at 9 a.m.
During the race, kids must work together in teams of two in order to navigate through the course. Although the event is a competition of sorts, the main goal is for its participants to learn important team work skills and build confidence and character. The Mattison’s ultimately want kids to cross the finish line feeling excited and accomplished. At its core, the race is an exciting opportunity for young adventurers to challenge themselves and have fun doing so.
For more information about the event and to register, check out The Kids Adventure Games.