Down River R2 Raft Sprint
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USE THE BUDDY SYSTEM
Peel out onto Gore Creek with your best pal in this classic 4-mile river rat race.
*THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT FOR 2018!*
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 9
Wave 1 – 8am
Wave 2 – 10am
Wave 3 – 12pm
IMPORTANT: Registration for this event closes Friday, June 8 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.
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 (8:00am, 10:00am or 12:00pm) 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, and starting positions will be determined by registration date. 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 Guides 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).
LAUNCH PRICE – 24HRS ONLY (1/26 @ 4PM – 1/27)
EARLY BIRD (1/28-2/28)
Total Prize Purse: $1,500
1st Team – $750 ($375 per person)
2nd Team – $500 ($250 per person)
3rd Team – $250 ($125 per person)