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Down River R2 Raft Sprint

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Peel out onto Gore Creek with your best pal in this classic 4-mile river rat race.

Identical in format to the Down River Kayak and SUP Sprints, the R2 Raft Sprint is a 4-mile raft race (two person rafts) on the Class II/III whitewater of Gore Creek from East Vail to the Covered Bridge in Vail Village. With a rally race format, rafters drop at timed intervals and teams will be racing against the clock. Rafts will be provided for competing teams (but you can bring your own paddle, if you want).

Saturday, June 10

Wave 1 – 8am

Wave 2 – 10am

Wave 3 – 12pm


Open – Team
(Note: due to boat restrictions we will run 3 waves of 10 teams. This event will be capped at 30 teams.)


Required Gear: Life Jacket (Coast Guard approved Type III), helmet, protective footwear and raft paddle. Dry-top or paddling jacket or wetsuit are not mandatory but recommended for less experienced paddlers.
Boat drop for Down River Sprints (SUP, Kayak, Raft) will be at the top of the Vail Transport Center from 4 to 7pm on Friday, June 10.


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 race is a time trial format. Athletes will begin the race in one (1) minute intervals and starting positions will be determined at random.
At the check-in, athletes will sign waivers and go through a gear check. Special requests for start times will not be accepted. Athletes must adhere to the start position he/she selects at Registration.

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 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: $1,500

1st Team – $750 ($375 per person)

2nd Team – $500 ($250 per person)

3rd Team – $250 ($125 per person)

Price & Prizes
race start:

SUP & Down River Sprint Put In


Covered International Bridge Take Out