MARCH 4, 2009 (VAIL, CO) – 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. The 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.”
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