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Down River SUP Sprint

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Super SUP-ers put their speed and skills to the test in this race down Gore Creek against the creek and the clock.

Mirrored off the classic Down River Kayak Sprint, the Down River SUP Sprint is a race against the clock in the heart of Vail on Gore Creek. Anyone up for the challenge will run this 3-mile stretch of Gore Creek from East Vail to Vail Village SUP style. Competitors must stand strong because snow melt from the nearby Gore Range makes for icy waters while navigating the class II/III course. Mix in a handful of low bridges, drops, and wave trains as paddlers battle it out in the SUP’ing of Gore Creek.

Saturday, June 10



Open-Men / Open-Women


Board length requirement change: 11′ or smaller

Due to the unique put-in location, all boards must be given to event staff at Registration on Friday, (day before the race) between 4:00 – 7:00pm at the Vail Parking Structure. There is no parking at the put-in, and unattended vehicles may be ticketed. Take the shuttle from the Vail Parking Structure or arrange to be dropped off.

Required Gear: Life Jacket, helmet, protective footwear, and a full leg wetsuit.

No Leashes around ankles or wrists. If paddlers choose to wear a leash it must have a release system that can be hand activated and should also have an emergency break away system.

No double-bladed paddles, multi-hull boards or foot steering rudder systems.

Athletes must wear competitor bibs outside their PFDs at all times. For athletes that place on the podium, we ask that you wear your competitor bib.

For additional information on the stretch of river or gear rental, call Alpine Quest Sports at 970-926-3867.


The race start line / put-in is located in East Vail, at the end of Aspen Lane. Due to the unique location, there is no parking at this location. The finish line is three (3) miles downstream at the Covered Bridge in Vail Village. Athletes must use the supplied Porta Johns anyone caught not using the porta john will be DQ’d from the race.

The race is a time trial format. Athletes will begin the race in thirty (30) second intervals and starting positions will be determined by registration date. IE the later you register the earlier in the race you will compete! 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 is given. IE There will not be accommodations for the Sharing of boards will between racers of different genders. You miss your spot and its an automatic DNS!

Athletes must be ready to go and start in the designated starting spot or they will be disqualified. 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 located 25 meters upstream of the Covered Bridge.

Paddlers who loose their equipment and require a rescue of any kind for paddle or board and/or appear to be excessively falling and swimming will be pulled from the course by our safety team. If a paddler looses his or her gear and exits the river, they will receive a DNF.

If a paddler is being overtaken by another “faster” paddler from behind they must yield to the faster/overtaking paddler in a safe and respectful manner. This will not affect a penalty or DQ unless the paddler being overtaken used blocking or any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct.

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


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)




1st – $750
2nd – $500
3rd – $250

1st – $750
2nd – $500
3rd – $250

Price & Prizes

SUP & Down River Sprint Put In


Take out is at the Covered International Bridge