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Vail Kids Adventure Games sells out; Copper event still open

Mom and dad, now's the time to sign up for the biggest event your little one has ever done.

The Family Adventure Quest returns for its second year to Copper Mountain Resort from July 1-2, offering competition with adult/child teams that is not available during the other events in the Kids Adventure Games series. To sign up for the Copper event, see KidsAdventureGames.com.

The Kids Adventure Games' marquee event in Vail (Aug. 9-13) sold out in record time in late April, beating last year's early-June sellout by nearly six weeks. If you were one of 800 participants who missed out, the series will also host events at eight other resort locations, including: Park City, Utah, on June 16-18; Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, California, on June 23-25; Big Sky, Montana, on July 7-9; Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont, on July 28-30; Wilmot Mountain outside of Chicago, Illinois, on Aug. 4-6; Stevens Pass near Seattle, Washington, on Aug. 25-27; and Big Bear Lake, California, on Sept. 2-4.

Considered the country's premier adventure race for children, according to a release from orgnizers, the Kids Adventure Games began in Vail in 2009 and has since introduced the sport of adventure racing to more than 3,700 kids during the Vail race and nearly 15,000 kids nationwide. During the events, families are invited to unplug from technology for a fun-filled and action-packed weekend, the release continued, that features teams of two kids (ages 6-14 years old) navigating an adventure course that includes, biking, trekking, rope swings, mud pits, cargo nets, a giant Slip 'N Slide, zip lines and other exciting obstacles. Events strengthen physical and emotional bonds through a series of challenges centered on building grit and resilience on the natural terrain at each resort, the release said.

"In the past seven years, the games have provided kids with an excuse to remove themselves from technology and gain an understanding of the great outdoors while becoming environmental stewards, learning teamwork, building confidence and having plain, old-fashioned fun," event co-founder Hélène Mattison said. "What started out as a birthday party for our kids in our backyard in Vail has turned into, what we feel is, the coolest and greatest kids adventure race in the nation."