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Ultimate Mountain Challenge

ARE YOU TOUGH ENOUGH?

Anyone who registers for the GoPro Mountain Games is automatically entered. Compete in more events. Earn more points. Become an Ultimate Mountain Champion.

NEW FORMAT FOR 2017!

Every year, the toughest of the tough have taken on the challenge of the Ultimate Mountain Challenge at the GoPro Mountain Games. After 10 years, we’re changing the game with a new event-wide competition.


COMPETITION:

Every  registered athlete will be able to earn points in the Ultimate Mountain Challenge (UMC). The event will be graded on a point system, and finishing any of our athletic events will gain YOU, the athlete, points in the UMC.*

DIFFICULTY MULTIPLIER:

Each event will be given a multiplier based on difficulty (1, 2, and 3), and athletes will be given points according to their finish ranking. Finish first in a most-difficult event (x3), and you’ll get 9 points. Finish first in a medium difficulty event (x2) and you’ll get 6 points. Participate in a fun and untimed event like the mud run, and you’ll get 1 point. Bonus points will be given for “cross-discipline” participation (e.g. participating in a bike event and a kayak event will get you an additional bonus point vs participating in two bike events).

A leaderboard will track the event in real-time “mountain time” throughout the weekend, and fans will get to cheer on the event’s most active athletes from all age groups and all disciplines.

*dockdogs, IFSC World Cup Climbing, EverBank Kids Free Mountain Bike Race and the Tudor International Slackline Invitational will not be included in UMC. IFSC World Cup climbing and slackline are invitation only, and dockdogs is a non-human event.

Times
JUNE 8 – 11

Throughout the event

COMPETITION:

Every athlete registered will be able to earn points in the Ultimate Mountain Challenge (UMC). The event will be graded on a point system, and finishing any of our athletic events will gain YOU, the athlete, points in the UMC.*

Difficulty multiplier:

Each event will be given a multiplier based on difficulty (1, 2, and 3), and athletes will be given points according to their finish ranking. Finish first in a most-difficult event (x3), and you’ll get 9 points. Finish first in a medium difficulty event (x2) and you’ll get 6 points. Participate in a fun and untimed event like the mud run, and you’ll get 1 point. Bonus points will be given for “cross-discipline” participation (e.g. participating in a bike event and a kayak event will get you an additional bonus point vs participating in two bike events).

A leaderboard will track the event in real-time “mountain time” throughout the weekend, and fans will get to cheer on the event’s most active athletes from all age groups and all disciplines.

*dockdogs, IFSC World Cup Climbing, EverBank Kids Free Mountain Bike Race and the Tudor International Slackline Invitational will not be included in UMC. IFSC World Cup climbing and slackline are invitation only, and dockdogs is a non-human event.


ATHLETE ELIGIBILITY:

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®.

PARTICIPATION:

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.

DISPUTE RESOLUTION:

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.

RESERVATION OF RIGHTS:

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.

ORGANIZERS:

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.

Rules

PRICE

Sign up for your favorite (or all) Mountain Games events and earn points towards the Ultimate Mountain Challenge.

Prices are dependent on individual event and time of registration.


PAYOUT

total prize purse: $8,000

MEN
1st – $2,500
2nd – $1,000
3rd – $500

WOMEN
1st – $2,500
2nd – $1,000
3rd – $500

Price & Prizes

UMC POINT RUBRIC

What is the difficulty multiplier assigned to each specific event?

Difficulty multipliers depend on the event. They have been determined by a combination of factors, including: skill level required, time commitment, participation caps and historical results.

Please consult the point rubric for a complete breakdown of event points.


Are points only awarded for top 3 finishers? Does that go by age group or by registration category?

Everyone who finishes each event receives points. The better you finish and the higher the difficulty, the more points you’ll earn. The rankings go by age group for running and biking events, but by category for all other events.

For example, the 10K Spring Runoff could have fourteen different people who earn nine points for first place because there are fourteen different categories (seven age brackets per gender), but there will only be two first place winners for Steep Creek Championship because the categories are open by gender.


Are participation points awarded if athletes don’t finish in the top 3?

Participation points are awarded regardless of rank. Did Not Start (DNS) and Did Not Finish (DNF) participants do not receive points at all. So, if you sign up for an event and compete, you will get a ‘finisher point’ and potentially a ‘cross-disciplinary point’ depending on the event.


How many bonus points are awarded for cross-discipline participation, and does that apply to ALL disciplines?

Each different discipline in which you participate earns you an additional point. So, for example, if you finish in a run event, a bike event, a water (SUP, Kayak or Raft) event, fishing, yoga and photo, you would earn 5 points for additional disciplines.


What is the difference in potential points based on which category an athlete enters? For example are Open categories worth the same as Pro or Masters?

The only event that carries two different category weights is the XC Mountain Bike on Saturday. The 11:45 am wave carries a higher weight than the 3:45 pm wave because those riders complete more laps.


YOGA

Yogis will earn one participation point and one discipline point regardless of whether they take one class or eight classes over the course of the weekend.


ART

Mountain Click Photo Comp registrants earn one participation point and one discipline point, but registrants must submit photos to earn these points.


dockdogs, IFSC World Cup Climbing, EverBank Kids Free Mountain Bike Race and the Tudor International Slackline Invitational will NOT be included in the UMC.


What is the best way for athletes to plan their Games so they can prepare for time conflicts?

Please review the Mountain Games EVENT SCHEDULE to study all start times and locations. Then, check our past results in our website’s ARCHIVE to gauge whether or not two events will compete with each other. For example, competing in the SUP Sprint at 10:30 am on Saturday and the XC Mountain bike at 11:45 am on Saturday is possible, but the SUP Sprint finishes at the Covered Bridge in Vail Village at the XC Mountain Bike starts in Lionshead Village, so you may need help with gear, hydration, nutrition, etc. in the short transition.


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