Man of the Cliff Finds Room to Grow in Avon for 6th Annual Event, Supporting First Descents

Avon, Colo. (July 24, 2014) – For the past five years, men and women have donned their best flannel and denim to make the pilgrimage to the mountain town of Red Cliff, Colorado for a weekend full of archery, axe throwing and keg tossing. This fall, the competition is leaving its founding roots and moving on to a larger venue in Avon, Colorado.

While there is plenty of nostalgia associated with the town of Red Cliff, organizers knew that a change was needed in order for the event to remain viable. The Town of Avon is excited to team up with this small-town event and bring it to a bigger arena. The event will continue to donate 100 percent of its proceeds to First Descents, the Colorado-based non-profit that provides support and outdoor adventure therapy trips to young adults (ages 18-39) with cancer.

“It was a difficult decision to move the event because of our ties to Red Cliff, but with increased expenses and stagnant revenue, we needed a change to make the event work,” says Amanda Williams, co-organizer of the event. “The Town of Avon will be a perfect fit and is eager to help the event grow to its full potential.”

Man of the Cliff is an annual amateur lumberjack competition that caters more to the “weekend lumberjack” than it does to those in the profession.  While categories such as speed chopping, spear throwing, caber tossing and sledge-hammer throwing sound like far more than the average Joe can handle, most events have been modified to allow men and women of all sizes and abilities to compete and focus more on finesse than strength.

“The Town of Avon is thrilled to partner with the Man of The Cliff event, not just to bring another great event to our town, but also to support a charity that started right here in our backyard, Councilor Jake Wolf commented.  “There is something powerful about what Amanda and Adam Williams have initiated, and to be able to see the event grow with proceeds doing such good in the world, is something we all can get behind and find important in our busy lives.”

This year’s Man of Cliff will be held in Nottingham Park on September 27-28, 2014. Those who have been fortunate enough to attend previously can expect more of the same humor, relaxed atmosphere and fun-loving crowd from years past.  Newcomers will be surprised at how addictive and therapeutic axe throwing feels.  All who attend can expect an impressive weekend of beer, brawn and laughter amongst a breath-taking backdrop of the Rocky Mountains.

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About Man of the Cliff

Man of the Cliff is an annual, festival and competition located in Avon Colo., featuring outdoor activities that are modified to fit all strengths and abilities. All proceeds of the event go to non-profit, First Descents. For more information on the 2014 event, registration, attendance and camping, please visit

About First Descents

First Descents is a non-profit organization offering young adults with cancer a free outdoor adventure experience designed to empower them to climb, paddle and surf beyond their diagnosis, defy their cancer, reclaim their lives and connect with others doing the same. For more information on First Descents programming, or how to get involved, head to