Down River Kayak Sprint
Photo: RICK LOHRE

Down River Kayak Sprint

A COLD WET BURN

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

SATURDAY, JUNE 12
9:00 AM

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Event Overview

SATURDAY, JUNE 12

9:00 AM

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!

IMPORTANT: Registration for this event closes Friday, June 11 at 6:00 PM. Athletes should arrive at the put-in no less than 45 minutes before their race start time to go through gear check, attend safety meeting and pick up their competition bib.


BOAT DROP INFO:

You can drop your boat at the top of the Vail Parking Structure, the night before the event, Friday June 11 from 4:00-7:00 PM. Event staff will be onsite to help you load your boat into a covered box truck that will be locked and secured. This option is HIGHLY recommended and will make your morning of the race much easier. You will only need to show up to the morning meeting with your paddle, PFD and other personal gear. You can also drop your boat at Vail Village Parking Structure the morning of the race beginning at 6:30 AM. Jump on the shuttle, and rock out to the East Vail put-in (your boat will be waiting for you.).

Times

Times

SATURDAY, JUNE 12

9:00 AM

IMPORTANT: Registration for this event closes Friday, June 11 at 6:00 PM. Athletes should arrive at the put-in no less than 45 minutes before their race start time to go through gear check, attend safety meeting and pick up their competition bib.

Rules

CATEGORIES:

Open (Men / Women) (max boat 9′)
Youth – 17 & Under (Men / Women)
Long Boat Division (Men / Women) (max boat 12’5″)

IMPORTANT: Event staff will run a board/boat drop on the top level of the Vail Parking Structure from 4:00–7:00pm on Friday, June 11.

EQUIPMENT:
  • Open Boat Division – Men & Women: Boats may not exceed 9’ in length. All boats will be measured. Whitewater-specific plastic and heavy-duty composite boats only. Sit-on-tops are allowed, but only if they are robust whitewater models worthy of the conditions. If in doubt about your boat, ask Race Directors at least 24 hours in advance of competition.
  • Youth Boat Division – Men & Women: Boats may not exceed 9’ in length. All boats will be measured. Whitewater-specific plastic and heavy-duty composite boats only. Sit-on-tops are allowed, but only if they are robust whitewater models worthy of the conditions. If in doubt about your boat, ask Race Directors at least 24 hours in advance of competition. Cash prizes will not be awarded for this division.
  • Long Boat Division – Men & Women: Boats may not exceed 12’5” in length. Inflatable kayaks will not be permitted. Cash prizes will not be awarded for this division.
  • Inflatable kayaks will not be permitted.
  • Hand Paddlers are allowed; No sea kayaks or foot rudders allowed.
  • PFD, helmet, protective footwear, and a dry-top, paddling jacket or wetsuit are mandatory.
  • Equipment will be reviewed at check-in. The organizer has the right to refuse any non-conforming equipment (i.e. bicycle helmets, nylon spray skirts, etc.).
  • 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 awards.
  • Event organizers and whitewater rescue teams are not responsible for equipment rescue and/or equipment removal from the GoPro Mountain Games whitewater courses should athletes lose their equipment during practice or competition.
FORMAT & RULES:
  • Athletes should arrive at the put-in no less than 45 minutes before their race start time to go through gear check, attend safety meeting and pick up their competition bib.
  • The race is run in time trial format. Athletes will start in thirty (30) second intervals, and starting positions will be determined by registration date. Special requests for start times (even to allow board-sharing) will not be accepted, and no start-time swapping is allowed. Athletes must be ready at their designated starting time. Start times will be posted online Friday by 8:00 PM.
  • Paddlers who lose their equipment and require a rescue of any kind and/or appear to be excessively falling and swimming will be pulled from the course by our safety team. Paddlers who lose their gear and exit the river 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.
lOCATION:

The race start is in East Vail at the end of Aspen Lane. There is no parking available, so athletes may be dropped off or take the shuttles provided by Lakota Guides and Timberline Tours starting at 6:30 AM on Saturday from the top of the Vail Parking Structure. Please allow plenty of time to check-in and attend your safety meeting.

Athletes must use the supplied porta johns at the put-in and respect the Aspen Lane neighborhood.

The race finish is just East of the Covered Bridge in Vail Village (see course map).

DIRECTIONS TO PUT-IN:

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.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS:
  • RACE DAY PROTOCOL
    • Athletes will be sent out in (30) second intervals.
    • Staff, signs and ground markings will ensure proper physical distancing as athletes stage prior to the start of the race.
    • Athletes must wear a face mask in the start and finish areas.
    • Athletes may remove their mask at the start line just prior to the race start.
    • At the end of the race, athletes are asked to wear their mask.
    • Athletes will adhere to all social distancing protocols at the start and finish lines.
    • Spectating is discouraged.
    • For a full list of COVID-19 policies and protocols at the 2021 GoPro Mountain Games, click here.
    • All protocols subject to change based on updated state, county and local guidelines.

Price & Prizes

PRICE

EARLY BIRD // April 9 – May 31, 2021
$45

EVENT PRICING // June 1 – June 11, 2021
$55


PAYOUT

Total PRIZE Purse: $6,000

MEN – Open (max boat 9′)
1st – $750
2nd – $500
3rd – $250

WOMEN – Open (max boat 9′)
1st – $750
2nd – $500
3rd – $250

MEN – Longboat
1st – $750
2nd – $500
3rd – $250

WOMEN – Longboat
1st – $750
2nd – $500
3rd – $250


PRIZES

1st place Open men and women finishers will win an epic piece of YETI gear!

1st, 2nd and 3rd place Open men and women finishers will receive a Mountain Games podium exclusive YETI Rambler!

MEN – 17 & Under
1st – $50 Vail Resorts Retail Gift Card
2nd – $50 Vail Resorts Retail Gift Card
3rd – $50 Vail Resorts Retail Gift Card

WOMEN – 17 & Under
1st – $50 Vail Resorts Retail Gift Card
2nd – $50 Vail Resorts Retail Gift Card
3rd – $50 Vail Resorts Retail Gift Card

Price & Prizes

Event Map

RACE START:

Down River Sprint Put In @ Aspen Lane in East Vail


RACE FINISH:

Down River Sprint Take Out @ Covered Bridge in Vail Village

PRINT COURSE MAP