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Down River Kayak Sprint

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If you’re not first, you’re last in this classic Gore Creek sprint that pits boaters against each other and the almighty clock.

Drop your boat in Vail Village, jump on the shuttle, and rock out to the East Vail put in (your boat will be waiting for you.) Make sure to cram carbs before the race – you’ll need them for the 4 mile class II-III paddle back to the Covered Bridge in Vail Village! With a rally race format, kayakers drop at timed intervals so you’ll be racing against the clock, and if you’re really rockin’ you may be able to catch someone!

Saturday, June 10



Open-Men / Open-Women


Boat length: 13′ or shorter. Due to the unique put-in location, all kayaks must be given to event staff on top of the Vail Village parking structure near the information booth on Friday, June 9th between 4:30pm – 7:00pm. There is no parking available at the put-in. Please take the shuttle from the Vail Parking Structure or arrange to be dropped off.

Required Gear: Life Jacket (CG approved Type III), helmet, protective footwear, dry-top, paddling jacket or wetsuit.

Whitewater-specific designed boats

Equipment will be reviewed at boat check-in. Organizer has the right to refuse any non-conforming equipment.

For additional information on the stretch of river, please call Alpine Quest Sports: 970-926-3867.


The put-in is located at end of Aspen Lane, at the “T” intersection of Booth Creek Lane. From Vail Village: head east on South Frontage Road about three (3) miles. Take right on Aspen Lane. This road is located right before you go under the highway. Put-in is located at end of Aspen Lane, at the “T” Intersection of Booth Creek Lane.

Athletes will sign waivers and go through a gear check at check-in.
The race is a time trial format. Athletes will begin the race in one (1) minute intervals and starting positions will be determined at random.
Special requests for start times will not be accepted. Athletes must adhere to the start position he/she is given. Boat sharing will not be allowed this year.

Athletes must be ready to go and start in the designated starting spot or they will be disqualified. Their boats will be held by the race starter. The race starter will give each athlete a 30 second warning, 10 second warning and begin the start countdown at five (5). On “go”, athletes will be released onto to race course. Finish times will be recorded when the athletes cross the finish line.

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


The Put-in is located at end of Aspen Lane, at the “T” intersection of Booth Creek Lane. From Vail Village: head east on South Frontage Road about three (3) miles. Take right on Aspen Lane. This road is located right before you go under the highway. Put-in is located at end of Aspen Lane, at the “T” intersection of Booth Creek Lane.


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 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: $3,000

1st – $750
2nd – $500
3rd – $250

1st – $750
2nd – $500
3rd – $250

Price & Prizes

SUP & Down River Sprint Put In


Covered International Bridge Take Out