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Down River R2 Raft Sprint

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Peel out onto Gore Creek with your best pal in this classic 4-mile river rat race.


Saturday, June 8

Wave 1 – 8am
Wave 2 – 10am
Wave 3 – 12pm

IMPORTANT: Registration for this event closes Friday, June 7 at 6pm

Identical in format to the Down River Kayak and SUP Sprints, the R2 Raft Sprint is a 4-mile raft race (two person rafts) on the Class II/III whitewater of Gore Creek from East Vail to the Covered Bridge in Vail Village. With a rally race format, rafters drop at timed intervals and teams will be racing against the clock. Rafts will be provided for competing teams (but you can bring your own paddle, if you want).

10 competition used Hyside rafts will be available for purchase after the race.

Saturday, June 8

Wave 1 – 8am

Wave 2 – 10am

Wave 3 – 12pm

IMPORTANT: Registration for this event closes Friday, June 7 at 6pm


Open – Team of two (2)
Note: due to boat restrictions we will run 3 waves of 10 teams. This event will be capped at 30 teams

  • Required Gear: Coast Guard / ISO approved PFD, helmet and protective footwear. The start and gates are designed to promote swimming in shallow, snowmelt conditions.
  • Dry-suit or wetsuit recommended.
  • Hyside Mini Max boats will be provided for all teams. No other boats permitted to keep competition standardized
  • Organizers encourage athletes to bring their own paddlers, but paddles will be available if needed.
  • 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 Mountain Games whitewater courses should athletes lose their equipment during practice or competition.
  • 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.
  • When registering, rafters will select a heat (8:00 am, 10:00 am or 12:00 pm) and must adhere to that heat start time.
  • The down-river races are run in time trial format. Athletes will start in thirty (30) second intervals within their heat. Special requests for start times will not be accepted, and no start-time swapping is allowed. Athletes must be ready at their designated starting time.
  • 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.

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.

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).




REGISTRATION LAUNCH // February 6 – April 5, 2019

EARLY BIRD // April 6 – May 27, 2019

EVENT PRICING // May 28 – June 9, 2019


Total Prize Purse: $1,500

1st Team – $750 ($375 per person)

2nd Team – $500 ($250 per person)

3rd Team – $250 ($125 per person)


Each member of the first place team will win a YETI Panga 50!

Price & Prizes
race start:

SUP & Down River Sprint Put In @ Aspen Lane in East Vail


SUP & Down River Sprint Take Out @ Covered Bridge