Joel Heath founded the Teva Mountain Games seven years ago as a way to fuse athletics, art, music and mountains into one event. Today, the festival in Vail is the biggest outdoor adventure event in the country. You can do anything from watching athletes to learning from some of the best pros in the world, or just take in some of the music, says Heath.
The games include kayaking, rafting, mountain biking, road cycling, climbing, paragliding, fly fishing, trail running and diving dogs. Its the only major sporting competition in which amateurs get to compete alongside pros. This year, John Bailey a former World Cup Championship Course designer designed the mountain-bike course down the side of Vail Mountain. But the highlight of the weekend will be watching the U.S. World Cup Bouldering Team compete in a World Cup climbing event the first held in this country in twenty years.
Athletes will compete for over $100,000 in prize money, and registration is open up to the day of the event. Tomorrows free concert by Grammy winners Ozomatli is sure to draw big crowds and get people dancing. For those who would rather capture the action than make it themselves, the Teva Games have always included a photography competition; this year, students can also learn the ins and outs of filmmaking through the Adventure Film School.