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8-Ball Kayak Sprint


Can you make it through this Mountain Games original without some carnage? Outlook not so good.


Registration for this event opens in February 2019.

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The 8-Ball Kayak Sprint is a whitewater battle royal sprint to the finish. After a floating start at the Covered Bridge, as many as ten kayakers will push, shove, and jostle their way through a 200-meter sprint in the narrow confines of Gore Creek. Along the way, boaters must avoid being knocked off by the 8-Ballers – loathsome kayakers in full body armor waiting patiently to attack the sprinters and slow them down throughout the course.

Sunday, June 9


IMPORTANT: Registration for this event closes Sunday, June 9 at 7am


Open-Men / Open-Women


Boat Lengths: 9or smaller.

PFD, helmet, protective footwear, and a dry-top, paddling jacket or wetsuit are mandatory.

Gloves, full face helmets, elbow pads, chest and rib protection strongly recommended.

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


Women will paddle first, followed by men. Athletes will be placed in ‘race pods’ of no more than ten (10) kayakers. Pods will be seeded by the race directors at their discretion with special attention to spread out talent, family, and team members. Special requests for start positions will not be accepted. The final number of pods will be determined the day of the race in accordance with the total number of athletes registered for the race.

The race begins with competitors starting in a ‘reverse floating start’ format at the Covered Bridge. When all of the competitors are as close as possible, the starter will blow a horn. Paddlers will then sprint 200 meters down Gore Creek to the ‘finish line’ (in line with the upstream side of the International Bridge). As they paddle, boaters must avoid being pushed off course by the ‘8-Ball kayakers’ who will be positioned along the course. The 8-Ball kayakers’ goal is to impede the forward progress of lead racing kayakers.

Both hands must remain on the athlete’s paddle at all times. No intentional grabbing, shoving, hitting or horseplay.

Top finishers will advance to the next round. Number of racers advancing will be determined by the number of athletes in each pod. Rounds will continue until a winner is determined.


Race start is located riverside by Loaded Joe’s and the finish location is the upstream side of the International Bridge in Vail Village.



Registration for this event opens in February 2019.

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total prize purse: $1,700

1st – $500
2nd – $250
3rd – $100

1st – $500
2nd – $250
3rd – $100

Price & Prizes

International Bridge