The 2009 TEVA MOUNTAIN GAMES

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The Vail Valley Foundation is proud to announce that the 8th annual Teva Mountain Games, the nation’s premiere outdoor adventure event, will take place June 4 – 7, 2009 in Vail, Colorado. In addition to our amateur climbing competitions, the IFSC Bouldering World Cup will be hosted once again at the 2009 Teva Mountain Games! For climbers, most of whom are used to practicing their sport in remote locations or competing in small-scale events, the Teva Mountain Games is almost a shock to the system. Climbing on the Mountain Games' massive wall does have its advantages; like national television exposure, thousands of fans to cheer you on and big CASH prizes.

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The Vail Valley Foundation also announced the addition of a new half marathon within the mountain running portion of the games.

The Triumph Development Vail Pass Half will start in the heart of Vail Village and finish near the summit of Vail Pass. The race will be 13.7-miles with a gradual uphill gain of 2,310 feet in elevation from start to finish.

“The new Vail Pass Half will be a true test of fitness and determination,” says Michael Imhof, Vice President of Sales and Operations for the Vail Valley Foundation. “In addition to being a tough ‘mega’ half marathon run, the Vail Pass Half will attract an entirely new type of athlete to the Teva Mountain Games.”

The Teva Mountain Games is the nation’s largest celebration of mountain sport, lifestyle and music featuring the top professional and amateur athletes from around the world. The environmentally-friendly adventure sporting event hosts approximately 3,000 professional and amateur outdoor athletes, along with an estimated 35,000 spectators. Athletes converge on Vail’s mountains and rivers to compete in seven sports and 21 disciplines for over $100,000 in prize money. Events include kayaking, rafting, mountain biking, road cycling, World Cup Bouldering, amateur climbing, fly-fishing and trail and road running.

In addition to the outdoor mountain events, the Teva Mountain Games also includes a mountain photography competition, interactive exhibition and demo area, the Green Light District, canine agility competitions, free nightly music concerts and lifestyle parties.

The Vail-based nonprofit organization, the Vail Valley Foundation, acquired the games from Untraditional Marketing in November of 2008 and seeks to keep the spirit of the games intact while taking the event to new heights.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to carry on the great legacy of the Teva Mountain Games,” said Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation. “Untraditional has done a tremendous job of growing the event to what we all know and enjoy each year, and we all expect that the Games will keep evolving to become even greater in the years to come.”

Highlights from the 2008 IFSC World Cup Bouldering event in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Bo Bridges / www.tevamountaingames.com

Highlights from the 2008 IFSC World Cup Bouldering event in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Bo Bridges / www.tevamountaingames.com

IFSC Bouldering World Cup DetailsThe Vail Valley Foundation is proud to announce that the 2009 International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) Bouldering World Cup is returning to this year's Teva Mountain Games, which will take place June 4 - 7, 2009 in Vail, Colorado. The Bouldering World Cup, presented by Pyramide, will draw climbers from over 30 countries to compete for a large cash purse of more than $16,000 and all the bragging rights that come with winning one of the biggest bouldering events in the world. Last year was the first time the U.S. had hosted a World Cup Climbing event in 20 years, and it was met with very proud and enthusiastic crowds. It proved to be one of the most exciting events at the Games. This year, everyone will watch in anticipation as American Alex Johnson and Australian Kilian Fischhuber defend their titles against the most elite climbers in the world including Daniel Woods, Alex Puccion and Gabriele Moroni."It is a great honor to have the IFSC Bouldering World Cup return to the Teva Mountain Games," says Vail Valley Foundation Marketing Director Shelley Woodworth. "With the hopes that climbing will soon become an Olympic sport, it's inspiring to have the best athletes in the sport compete right here in Vail, in anticipation of that achievement. In addition to the World Cup competition, the Games will also host citizen and youth bouldering competitions, presented by Pyramide. The events are open for registration at www.tevamountaingames.com.Citizen Bouldering Competition presented by PyramideSunday, June 7, 2009 @ Mtn Plaza/Vista Bahn LawnBouldering is the most stripped-down style of climbing. Without the encumbrance of a rope, the climber is free to practice the sport at its highest level. The object is to complete bouldering "problems," which requires a serious combination of strategy, gymnastic ability and grip strength. With 32 graded problems to choose from, competitors are scored by their best 5 ascents.Youth Bouldering Competition presented by PyramideThursday, June 4, 2009 @ Mtn. Plaza/Vista Bahn Lawn This competition showcases up-and-coming climbers who are developing the future of this sport. Amateur youth competitors show their talents in a fun and exciting bouldering format. Help cheer on these young dedicated athletes!

Date Friday, June 5 2009 (Qualifiers) Saturday, June 6 2009 (Finals)

Time June 5 @ 9am (Qualifier) June 6 @ 11am (Semi-Finals) June 6 @ 3:45pm (Finals)

Location Mountain Plaza , VailNotes: This is an invitation-only event. The US Team was selcted at the ABS National Championships.

USA Climbing is proud to be organizing the IFSC Bouldering World Cup in 2008 which will be hosted by the Teva Mountain Games in Vail, CO. Please read below to find more information on the event.

2008 IFSC World Cup Bouldering. Photo by Bo Bridges / www.tevamountaingames.com

2008 IFSC World Cup Bouldering. Photo by Bo Bridges / www.tevamountaingames.com

What does it mean to have a Bouldering World Cup in the US? As climbing strives to become a part of the Olympics, the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) sanctions up to 10 World Cup events per discipline per year that will best exhibit the sport of climbing. Each country’s federation submits an application to the IFSC and the Events Commission and the Management Commission select the top candidates as hosts. It is a big honor for the US to be chosen as one of eight hosts in the world for a 2008 Bouldering World Cup. Who can compete in the World Cup? Each country is allowed to register its top 3 men and top 3 women. As the host country, the US may register its top 6 men and top 6 women, and potentially more depending upon available slots. All competitors must be turning 16 by December 31, 2008 (born in 1992 or earlier). The US competitors were selected from the ABS National Championship hosted on February 15 and 16, 2008 in Boulder, CO at The Spot. Please be sure to check the USA Climbing:ABS Rule Book for eligibility to compete in the ABS National Championship. When and where will more details about the event be found? Continue to check back at the USA Climbing website for more information, in addition to the IFSC website.

The Teva Mountain Games is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation. For additional information on the 2009 Teva Mountain Games, call 888.883.VAIL(8245) or check out www.tevamountaingames.com

ABOUT TEVA MOUNTAIN GAMESThe Teva Mountain Games is the nation's largest celebration of mountain sport, lifestyle and music featuring the top professional and amateur athletes from around the world. The environmentally-friendly adventure sporting event hosts approximately 3,000 professional and amateur athletes, along with an estimated 35,000 spectators. Athletes converge on Vail's mountains and rivers to compete in seven sports and 21 disciplines for over $100,000 in prize money. Events include kayaking, rafting, mountain biking, road cycling, fly-fishing, trail and road running, and of course World Cup Bouldering and amateur climbing. The Teva Mountain Games are a project of the Vail Valley Foundation. For additional information on the 2009 Teva Mountain Games, check out www.tevamountaingames.com.

For more informationi on the Vail Valley Foundatioin, visit www.vvf.org.