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Ford Adventure Sport Challenge next weekend

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Beaver Creek is going to be the place to be next weekend as the Beaver Creek/Ford Adventure Sport Challenge Challenge brings together everything from the endurance bike racing to trail running to bouldering.

The events run July 17-20 and will be held at the Beaver Creek Village and on the mountain – and there will be plenty of prize money on the line.

Highlighting the festival are two, 24-hour endurance races. The first is the Balance Bar 24-Hour Adventure, which begins at 4 a.m. next Saturday. This is an Eco-Challenge-style event, in which teams will battle their way through the hills of Beaver Creek and local streams and rivers. With courses of varying landscapes up to 100 miles in length, racers will be tested in navigation, flat-water kayaking, mountain biking, climbing, rappelling and trekking.



The entry fee is $825 per team of three persons. The prize purses for this event are tempting. In the Elite division, the purse is $100,000. In the Non-Elite division, the tota-prize money is $10,000. The awards ceremony is at 5 p.m. next Sunday in the village.

Like to cycle? Well, then there’s the 24-Hour Mountain Bike Race. Here, racers will be attempting to make as many laps around a 14-mile, singletrack loop on Beaver Creek in a 24-hour period.



There are multiple entry possibilities for this race. For the brave, there is the solo option with an entry fee of $100. Racers can opt for a four-member team with divisions including Open Men, Open Women or Co-ed ($400 per team). Then, there’s a five-person team, which is Co-ed only ($500 per team). And, if you want to go with a big group, check out the Fiesta division, which is open to teams of six people or more. In this division, the entry fee is $100 per racer.

The open prize purse is $15,000.

Running and Climbing



On Saturday, the 19th, runners take to the trail in the Nike ACG Trail Run. It’s a 9 a.m. start for both the five- and 10-kilometer races. There are divisions for men and women in the following age groups: 24 and under, 25-29, 30-39, 40-49 and 50 and above.

The purse for the races is $5,000.

Climbing? We’ve got climbing. Organizers will be setting up a tortuous wall, which will require strength, balance and power. Round one of the competition is on Friday at 7 p.m., with more competition on Saturday and the finals Sunday, the 20th, at 4 p.m. The entry fee is $35 per athlete and the purse for the Elite division is $20,000.

Youth Activities

For the tykes, Saturday and Sunday of next week is their time to shine. The divisions for all competitions are 6-8, 9-11 and 12-14.

The Kids K is Saturday at 10:45 a.m. It’s $10 per young ‘un or $5 if his or her parent has registered in the Nike ACG Trail run.

While the adults have the 24-Hour Mountain Bike Race, the kids will go for 23 hours and 36 minutes less with the Kids 24-Minute Mountain Biking Race. The race is slated for next Saturday at 12:15 p.m. It’s $10 per the future Lance Armstrongs and and $5 if Mom or Dad participates in the 24-hour race.

For youngsters who want to climb, there’s the Kids Speed Climb on Sunday. Other youth activities include the Beaver Creek Kids Zone and the Low Ropes Course.

Clinics

Clinics abound daily at the National Geographic Adventure Village in Beaver Creek Village.

n Knots: When life hangs by a string, you’d better hope that the knot at the top of is tied right. In this clinic, Outward Bound will show you the some of the knots that every backcountry explorer should know.

n Mind Games: Outward Bound is a mind-bending experience. Join them for a fun session of initiative and see why.

n Backcountry 101: Learn the basics of what you need to know and how to travel in the backcountry. Outward Bound has been teaching people how to venture into the wilderness safely and efficiently for more than 60 years. This clinic will provide the basics of self-care (water, food consumption, layering properly, gear basics, how to set up a shelter and sleeping warmly).

n Three-legged Climbing Competition: Try your hand at this new twist on climbing. You and one other climber will stick together – literally – on your way up the wall. On your journey up the wall, your duo will work together to make sure you can make your way to the top.

Extra activities

There’s a rodeo at Beaver Creek Thursday from 5-8 p.m.. Toss in a Women’s Program from Noon-6 p.m. on Friday, followed by a Lance Armstrong documentary at 8 p.m. On Saturday, it’s Motown time with an 8 p.m. concert.

Registration

For more information on the Beaver Creek/Ford Adventure Sport Challenge, check out http://www.fordadventuresportchallenge.com. Click on “Register” for access to all of the festival’s events.


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