Starting Hearts, town of Vail host Heart & Sole family gathering, scavenger hunt, Aug. 25 |

Starting Hearts, town of Vail host Heart & Sole family gathering, scavenger hunt, Aug. 25

VAIL — Starting Hearts and the town of Vail will host a new event, Heart & Sole, a family fun gathering, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Ford Park Soccer Fields in Vail.

Josiah Middaugh, eight-time Xterra world champion triathlete, will lead a 5-kilometer run. A 3K and one-mile family fun walk will follow. Other activities include live music, free CPR classes on the Heart Rod Bus, face painting, bounce house, heart-healthy lunch, health and wellness vendors and more. Tickets are $20 per person or $40 for a family of four. All proceeds go to Starting Hearts’ mission to save lives of sudden cardiac arrest victims.

This year, there’s a new competition at the event: The Great Town of Vail Defibrillator Scavenger Hunt. Registered teams will have 90 minutes to locate public access defibrillators throughout the town of Vail, and the top teams to locate the most will win prizes. The first-place team will win a complete $2,195 Philips OnSite defibrillator package.

“We are so excited to partner with town of Vail to present this event the last weekend before school starts,” said Lynn Blake, founder of Starting Hearts and a cardiac arrest survivor.

“The Great Scavenger Hunt idea originated from an idea by Doris Kirchner, of Vail Health, and the Vail Health Volunteers are helping to coordinate and support the event. What a great idea to help our citizens become more aware of the many lifesaving public access defibrillators in our communities throughout Eagle County.”

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To register as a participant, vendor, sponsor, hunt team or volunteer, visit or call 970-763-5306.

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