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8-Ball Kayak Sprint

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Can you make it through this Mountain Games original without some carnage? Outlook not so good.

The 8-Ball Kayak Sprint is a whitewater battle royal sprint to the finish. After a floating start at the Covered Bridge, as many as ten kayakers will push, shove, and jostle their way through a 200-meter sprint in the narrow confines of Gore Creek. Along the way, boaters must avoid being knocked off by the 8-Ballers – loathsome kayakers in full body armor waiting patiently to attack the sprinters and slow them down throughout the course.

Sunday, June 11

Qualifiers – 9am

FINALS – 4pm


Open-Men / Open-Women


Athletes must be equipped with the appropriate boat, gear and safety equipment sufficient to sustain extreme whitewater race conditions.
Boat Lengths: 9′ or smaller.


Women will paddle first, followed by men. Athletes start within each division will be chosen at random. Special requests for start times will NOT be accepted. Athletes must adhere to the start position he/she is given.

Athletes will be placed in “race pods” of no more than ten (10) kayakers.

Final number of pods will be determined the day of the race in accordance with total number of athletes registered for the race.
The race begins with competitors starting in a “floating start” format at the Covered Bridge. When all of the competitors are as close as possible, the horn will blow and they will sprint 200 meters to the finish line at the International Bridge. Along the way, boaters must avoid being pushed off course by the “8 Ball Kayakers” who will be situated throughout the course. The role of the “8 Balls” is to impede the forward progress of lead kayakers.

Both hands must remain on the athletes paddle at all times.
No intentional grabbing, shoving, hitting or horseplay.

Top finishers will advance to the next round. Number of racers advancing in each round will be determined by amount of athletes in each pod. Rounds will continue until a winner is determined.

Any competitor to use profanity, threats, or unsportsmanlike conduct towards the race officials, safety team, media, or other competitors will be disqualified.


The competition is open to all interested athletes regardless of state and/or country of residency. Competitors who are under the age of 18 must register with a parent or legal guardian. Competitors must be able to attend all scheduled events. Athletes will be required to provide all their own equipment. Further, athletes must abide by all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations during their participation in the Mountain Games®.


Athletes agree to be bound by these Official Rules and all decisions of Organizers. Organizers reserve the right to disqualify any persons found tampering with, or otherwise abusing, any aspect of the competition as solely determined by Organizers.


Organizers will appoint judges and the decision of those judges will be final. There will be no review of scoring / timing even with the presence of TV cameras. Disputes with Organizers and/or appointed judges will result in disqualification of that athlete.


Organizers reserve the right to disqualify any athlete for any reason, including, without limitation, acting in an unsafe, unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner and/or with intent to intimidate, threaten or harass, or harm another person. All decisions with respect to the disqualification of an athlete shall be made by Organizers and/or appointed judges. Failure to comply with any term or condition of these Official Rules may result in an athlete’s disqualification and the forfeiture of his/her interest in any prize. Organizers reserve the right to amend these Official Rules at any time in its sole discretion, and athletes shall have no recourse for any such changes or for any failure (whether inadvertent or otherwise) by Organizers to follow the stated rules. In the event that the competition is canceled prior to the completion of the final event, no prizes will be awarded. If the Tournament is cancelled prior to June 1st, for any reason, athletes will be reimbursed only for his/her entry fee. Athletes will not be otherwise compensated for any costs or expenses associated with their participation in the competition.


The Mountain Games® will be organized and produced by staff and contractors hired from and by the Vail Valley Foundation. The decisions of Organizers regarding the selection and elimination of athletes, the selection of finalists and winners, and the production and administration of the Mountain Games® related events, and all other aspects of the event, shall be final and binding in all respects. Organizers will not be responsible for typographical, printing or other inadvertent errors in these Official Rules or in other materials relating to the event.



Early Bird (2/15 – 3/14)


Standard (3/15 – 6/7)


Event (6/8 – 6/11)



total prize purse: $1,700

1st – $500
2nd – $250
3rd – $100

1st – $500
2nd – $250
3rd – $100

Price & Prizes

International Bridge