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Teva Mountain Games Come to Vail June 3-6

Outdoor athletes of all types—trail runners, kayakers, rock climbers, mountain bikers and more—will compete at the Teva Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado, on June 3-6. Come to watch the competition or sign up for an event yourself. Here's how. *Check out our awesome wrap-up gallery from the event: http://www.skinet.com/skiing/competition/2010/06/teva-mountain-games-2010

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Even if you don’t feel like signing up for a 10K trail running race or a road bike hill climb, go to Vail, Colorado, on June 3-6 to watch pro and…

Even if you don’t feel like signing up for a 10K trail running race or a road bike hill climb, go to Vail, Colorado, on June 3-6 to watch pro and amateur-level outdoor athletes compete in the annual Teva Mountain Games. The eight competition sports include everything from rock climbing and kayaking to stand-up paddle boarding and fly fishing. There’s also a photo competition and outdoor filmmaking school, live music, and plenty of outdoor recreation that doesn’t involve a starting line.

The Down River Sprint presented by Jackson Kayak takes place Saturday, June 5 at 8:30 am on Vail's Gore Creek. It's a four-mile stretch of river and…

The Down River Sprint presented by Jackson Kayak takes place Saturday, June 5 at 8:30 am on Vail’s Gore Creek. It’s a four-mile stretch of river and you can do it on anything that floats.

The Freeride Mountain Bike Dual is a head-to-head race where bikers hit jumps, ramps, and other obstacles in a race for the finish line. If you're…

The Freeride Mountain Bike Dual is a head-to-head race where bikers hit jumps, ramps, and other obstacles in a race for the finish line. If you’re coming to watch the Games, this is one you won’t want to miss. It takes place in Vail Village on Saturday, June 5 with the qualifiers at 11:30 am and the finals at 3 pm.

The newest events for this year are two stand-up paddleboarding events: a three-mile downriver race and a shorter skier-cross style mass start with…

The newest events for this year are two stand-up paddleboarding events: a three-mile downriver race and a shorter skier-cross style mass start with obstacles. Olympic ski racer Steve Nyman, who’s been stand-up paddleboarding for five years, will be competing in the paddleboarding events at this year’s Teva Mountain Games. “This is a great event because it’s bringing surfing to the masses—it has the soul of surfing but anyone can do it,” says Shelley Woodworth, the marketing director for the Vail Valley Foundation. “Plus, it’s a great core exercise and great balance, especially for skiers and snowboarders.”

Riders like Tour de France winner Floyd Landis have competed in the Teva Mountain Games' cross-country mountain bike race, which takes place…

Riders like Tour de France winner Floyd Landis have competed in the Teva Mountain Games’ cross-country mountain bike race, which takes place Saturday, June 5 at 11:45 am. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do it too. “The mountain bike race is a great entry level competition,” says Vail’s Woodworth. “We also have a family-friendly kid lap that’s free to enter and is one lap instead of three.”

Here's pro kayaker Rush Sturges, who competed in last year's freestyle kayak competition. Pro kayakers Brad Ludden, a Vail local, and Tao Berman have…

Here’s pro kayaker Rush Sturges, who competed in last year’s freestyle kayak competition. Pro kayakers Brad Ludden, a Vail local, and Tao Berman have signed up to compete this year.

The 10K trail run takes place on Vail Mountain at 8 am on Sunday, June 6. It's steep, mountainous terrain that tops out at 9,000 feet in elevation.

The 10K trail run takes place on Vail Mountain at 8 am on Sunday, June 6. It’s steep, mountainous terrain that tops out at 9,000 feet in elevation.

The Bouldering World Cup events take place Friday and Saturday.

The Bouldering World Cup events take place Friday and Saturday. “This is the third year we’re doing the Bouldering World Cup,” says Woodworth.”This is the only stopover for World Cup events in bouldering in the U.S. It brings the world’s best boulderers to Vail and it’s the only chance to see these climbers outside of Europe and South America.” There is also a citizen’s and youth bouldering event.

“A lot of people think you have to pay to attend the Games,” says Woodworth. “But it’s totally free to spectate. There are dog jumping events, climbing walls, expo areas, kayak pools—and it’s all completely free.” The dog events—including the speed retrieve, the extreme vertical, and the big air wave—take place over the course of the weekend.

“A lot of people think that the Teva Mountain Games are for professionals only,” says Woodworth. “But it’s for weekend warriors, beginners, and anyone who wants to test their abilities. The most gentle of the competitions is the mud run, it’s a fun run. It’s not really a 5K—it’s a little shorter than that. You jump over hay bales and through mud pits. It’s a good thing for people wanting to initiate themselves. People dress up in costumes and at the end they get hosed off by the Vail Fire Department.” The Mud Run takes place Saturday afternoon.