The 10th annual Teva Mountain Games (TMG) take place in Vail starting tomorrow, June 2, and run through Sunday, June 5. The festival is billed as the nation’s largest celebration of adventure sports, lifestyle and music, featuring top professional and amateur athletes from around the world. TMG also announced a new Winter Teva Mountain Games presented by Eddie Bauer event to be held February 9-12, 2012.
About 2,500 athletes will converge on Vail’s mountains and rivers to compete in eight sports and 24 disciplines for over $100,000 in prize money for this week’s summer games. Competitions at the festival include: Kayaking, rafting, Stand-Up Paddling, mountain biking, road cycling, World Cup Bouldering, fly-fishing, trail running and a half marathon.
The festival also features a film series called Outdoor Reels; a photography competition, Mountain Click; an interactive expo area, Gear Town; DockDog canine competitions; free concerts at Mountains of Music and the Teva Mountain Ball.
The Teva Mountain Games are a project of the Vail Valley Foundation and will kick off with a free concert as part of the Bud Light Mountains of Music series on Thursday, June 2 at Checkpoint Charlie in Vail Village.
California rockers, The Dirty Heads are set to take the stage at 7 p.m., immediately following the TMG Opening Ceremonies. Then on Saturday, June 4, at 7 p.m. best-selling Australian world music sensation Xavier Rudd will perform as part of the 10th annual Teva Mountain Games, the nation’s largest mountain sports, art and lifestyle festival.
Named one of the “Best New Bands of 2010” by Rolling Stone Magazine, The Dirty Heads emerged onto the music scene with their signature blend of acoustic infused hip-hop and classic Reggae, creating the perfect soundtrack to an upbeat, sun-soaked California. Inspired by Bob Marley, Sublime, 311 and The Beastie Boys, The Dirty Heads’ music has evolved into a unique rockin’ ska sound that has been used on Fuel TV, in Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam game, movies and many surf/skate videos. Their newest album, “Any Port in a Storm-Special Edition” includes the hit, “Lay Me Down” featuring Rome of Sublime.
Before The Dirty Heads take the stage, participants and spectators from around the world will gather in the heart of Vail Village to kick off the TMG. Athletes from more than 25 countries will create an international parade up Gore Creek Drive to the Checkpoint Charlie stage, culminating in welcome speeches and an athlete oath by the IFSC Bouldering World Cup competitors. This is the only sanctioned Bouldering World Cup event held in the United States, and is the fourth time it will be hosted by the Teva Mountain Games in Vail.
Xavier Rudd’s free outdoor performance will be held on the same Checkpoint Charlie stage, starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday night. Rudd is a renowned world-music artist whose complex sounds bridge the gap between Reggae, roots and rock ‘n’ roll. His unique arrangements also allow this lead vocalist to alternate between playing the guitar, didgeridoo and various percussion instruments.
Xavier Rudd has opened for Dave Matthews Band, Jack Johnson, Ben Harper and Rodrigo y Gabriela and played some of the world’s most prestigious festivals including Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Bumbershoot, Glastonbury, Ottawa Bluesfest and Summer Sonic. His TMG performance follows the conclusion of the Tap Root Tour, his first U.S. solo tour in five years.
Rudd will perform songs from his latest album “Koonyum Sun,” a collaboration with bassist Tio Moloantoa and percussionist Andile Nqubezelo under the banner of Xavier Rudd & Izintaba.
Winter Teva Mountain Games
With the inaugural event set for February 2012 in Vail, the Foundation plans to utilize the summer model to create a similar vibe among outdoor winter adventure athletes and fans. “This is a natural evolution for Teva, the event and frankly the entire outdoor industry,” said Joel Heath, Global Marketing Director of Teva and the founder of the Mountain Games. “As Teva has evolved from a sandal brand to a year-round adventure footwear company offering winter shoes and boots, we wanted to support a platform where winter athletes could showcase their skills in front of the masses. Vail is the best place in the world to do that. We are excited to be a part of this epic offering to the adventure world and our shoes will be in the middle of the action.”
The initial competition schedule for the four-day Winter Teva Mountain Games presented by Eddie Bauer calls for events that include ice climbing, on-snow biking, telemark skiing, Nordic competitions, running, dog events and a Ultimate Mountain Man/Woman combination event.
The inaugural Winter Teva Mountain Games presented by Eddie Bauer will feature a year-one prize purse of $60,000, while also allowing amateur weekend warriors the opportunity to toe the starting line with some of the best professional winter competitors in the world.
As with the summer edition, the Winter Teva Mountain Games presented by Eddie Bauer will include art and music components, with snow and ice sculpture contests, free concerts, films and mountain lifestyle parties. All events will be held in Vail.
For more information, check out www.tevamountaingames.com, @TevaMtnGames on Twitter and Teva Mountain Games on Facebook.