Pepi’s Face-Off

Pepi’s Face-Off

A Déjà Vu dash

Expect some steep competition during 30 minutes of uphill/downhill running on the legendary tourist trap, Pepi’s Face, on Vail Mountain.

12:30 PM

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Event Overview


12:30 PM

A 30-minute uphill/downhill dash. Run 860-foot laps on the legendary tourist trap, Pepi’s Face on Vail Mountain. When the timer hits 30, the horn blows, and it’s a mad sprint to the finish! The speedsters with the most completed laps wins.

IMPORTANT: Registration for this event closes Saturday, June 12 at 6:00 PM.




12:30 PM

IMPORTANT: Registration for this event closes Saturday, June 12 at 6:00 PM.



Open – Men / Women

  • Racers will be sent out in a mass start [subject to change based on total athletes]. Start positions will not be pre-determined and it is up to the athlete to get into desired start location.
  • Objective is to run as many laps as possible in thirty (30) minutes. Clock will start when runners cross starting line. First lap will start when runners cross the lap line (to be clearly marked day of race). Athletes’ laps will be counted by timers each time athlete crosses lap line. At thirty (30) minutes, horn will sound, and runners must finish current lap (no back-tracking) and sprint back to the start/finish line.
  • Course will start and finish in Mountain Plaza, run West to the base of Pepi’s Face trail, East across Windisch Way, and down Strawberry Lane trail. Lap lane will be at the bottom of Strawberry Lane trail.
  • In order to alleviate foot traffic impact on Pepi’s Face, runners will use three (3) separate lanes up the hill. Uphill traffic on Pepi’s Face will be shifted from one lane to the next exactly 10 minutes from starting time and then again exactly 20 minutes from starting time.
  • Results will place competitors by number of laps completed and then time back (see past years’ results for additional detail).
  • Athletes are permitted to wear protective gloves and/or padding and use trekking poles if they so wish. All other accessory equipment must be approved by race directors no less than twenty-four (24) hours before start time.
  • No tripping, shoving or horseplay will be tolerated and any athlete participating in foul play will be pulled from the course and disqualified.
  • Dogs are not permitted to run in Pepi’s Face-Off. Please enter our Rocky Dog Trail Run on Thursday, June 10 if you’d like to run with your pup!

Start and finish is from Mountain Plaza in Vail Village.

    • Race entries will be limited to 50 athletes for each starting wave.
    • Waves will start every 10 minutes.
    • Staff, signs and ground markings will ensure proper physical distancing as athletes stage in their respective waves 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.
    • Racers will adhere to all social distancing protocols at the start and finish lines.
    • Aid Station(s) on course will be staffed. Water coolers will be available with staff member disinfecting after each use.
    • Individually wrapped food items (energy bars/gels) may be available at the Aid Station(s) and start/ finish line.
    • 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


EARLY BIRD // April 9 – May 31, 2021

EVENT PRICING // June 1 – June 12, 2021



1st Place – $2,500
2nd Place – $1,500
3rd Place – $750

1st Place – $2,500
2nd Place – $1,500
3rd Place – $750


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

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

Price & Prizes

Event Map

race start & fINISH:

Mountain Plaza