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CANCELLED: Après 5K

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DOCTOR’S ORDERS: ENDORPHINS & HAPPY HOUR

Part of the GoPro Mountain Games Elements

Amp up your weekend with an evening 5K on the trails of Vail Mountain. In true Après fashion, this run will finish at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater for post-race entertainment including a socially distanced Happy Hour and a showing of The Barkley Marathons plus some sweet swag giveaways!

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Learn more about our Race Protocols for this event and our COVID-19 Policy for current and upcoming events.

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

SATURDAY, August 15

Wave 1 – 5:20pm
Wave 2 – 5:40pm
Wave 3 – 6:00pm

Post-Run Party – Happy Hour + The Barkley Marathons movie showing at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater – 6:30pm

IMPORTANT: Registration for this event closes Thursday, August 13 at midnight.

The Elements: Après 5K trail run is a great way to get active and burn some calories over the weekend. It’s a 5K that isn’t a back-breaker, but it’s not for couch potatoes either. What could make this run even better? How about finishing at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater for post-race after party including Happy Hour and a showing of The Barkley Marathons movie plus some sweet swag giveaways!

If you’re having trouble registering for the event or have questions, please contact us at registration@vvf.org

View our FAQ section below for additional event details.

Join our Mountain Games Strava Club to share your runs and training with fellow athletes!

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GOPRO MOUNTAIN GAMES ELEMENTS

We’re breaking out your favorite summer events from the Mountain Games on select Saturdays beginning July 18. We have a limited capacity so register early to reserve your spot!

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Times

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

FRIDAY, August 14
BIB PICK UP AVAILABLE

Pre-Race Bib Pick Up at Ford Park Tennis Center

3:00-6:00pm


SATURDAY, August 15
RACE DAY

Please don’t arrive prior to your wave’s designated arrival time to ensure we are able to properly distance runners.

Wave 1

Day-of Arrival & Bib Pick up – 4:50-5:10pm
Start Time – 5:20pm

Wave 2

Day-of Arrival & Bib Pick up – 5:10-5:30pm
Start Time – 5:40pm

Wave 3

Day-of Arrival & Bib Pick up – 5:30-5:50pm
Start Time – 6:00pm

Post-Race Party at The Amp

5:30-6:30pm – Bar Opens & Outside TV Mountain Games Special showing
6:30pm – The Barkley Marathons

IMPORTANT: Registration for this event closes Thursday, August 13 at midnight.

CATEGORIES:

Men & Women

    • 24 & Under
    • 25-39
    • 40-54
    • 55+

RACE PROTOCOLS

FORMAT & RULES:
  • Masks are required when picking up your bib, prior to the race start and at the completion of the race. You do not need to wear a face covering when running.
  • Social Distancing will be strictly enforced.
  • Racers must agree not to participate if they have any illness symptoms.
  • Racers must wear face coverings while retrieving their bibs, in the starting chute, and in all common areas at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. You do not need to wear a face covering once you find your seat on the Amp lawn for the movie.
  • Hand sanitation stations will be provided at the race start, registration area and race finish/Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater.
  • Racers are advised to bring their own nutrition and water to the race. Limited water will be available on course with water coolers sanitized after each use.
  • Racers and spectators not willing to follow these guidelines will be ordered to leave the venue.
  • Gear Check: You will be able to deposit extra clothing and any personal items you may want for the movie at the race start line that you can retrieve following the race. Your gear will be transported to the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater for you to pick up after you finish.
  • Start positions will not be pre-determined and it is up to the athlete to get into desired start location.
  • Athletes will race on the marked 5K course. Along the course, athletes will have to run on all types of terrain ranging from forest service access dirt roads to single track.
  • Please see course map for aid station locations, where water and sports drink will be provided.
  • No tripping, shoving or horseplay will be tolerated and any athlete participating in foul play will be pulled from the course and disqualified.
  • Competitors who start significantly after the posted start time will still be clocked from their wave start time. No exceptions will be made.
  • Unfortunately, dogs are not permitted to run in The Elements: Après 5K or at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater.

All participants and staff of the GoPro Mountain Games must wear a face covering when 6 feet of distance cannot be kept from non-household members and must follow the Eagle County 5 Commitments of Containment:

  1. I will maintain 6 feet of physical distance
  2. I will wash my hands often
  3. I will cover my face in public
  4. I will stay home when I am sick
  5. I will get tested immediately if I have symptoms
COVID-19 WARNING:

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and customers with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By participating in the Mountain Games Elements yoga event, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

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Rules

PRICE

$30 – Adult
Includes:

  • Race entry
  • Ticket to the movie
  • One (1) free beer at The Amp or non-alcoholic drink for those under 21-ers. Don’t forget your ID!
  • Smartwool Socks
  • Nature Valley Snappy Towel
  • $5 discount on any 2021 GoPro Mountain Games event registration

$17 – Youth (13 & Under)
Includes:

  • Race entry
  • Ticket to the movie
  • One (1) non-alcoholic drink at The Amp
  • Smartwool Socks
  • Nature Valley Snappy Towel
  • $5 discount on any 2021 GoPro Mountain Games event registration

Limited spaces available due to State/County guidelines. Register early to secure your spot!


PRIZES

1st Place Overall Men & Women – YETI Lowlands Blanket & YETI Camino Carryall

Plus a drawing for additional prizes!

Each registered participant will receive a $5 discount code for their 2021 Mountain Games event registration, Smartwool Socks, and a Nature Valley Snappy Towel.

Price & Prizes
FRIDAY BIB PICK UP

Ford Park Tennis Center

Saturday Race Day Start

Mountain Plaza

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Saturday POST-RACE PARTY

Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater


Free parking is available in the Town of Vail main parking structure. Please give yourself 10 minutes to walk from the main parking structure to the race start.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This year’s race will follow our normal GoPro Mountain Games Après 5K Course with a few tweaks. The course will be about 3.1 miles long. The modified course will start next to Gondola One in Vail Village and follow a variety of mountain roads and single track on Vail Mountain.

The finish will be at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Ford Park to accommodate social distancing measures as well as provide a safe and fun post-race environment to enjoy some entertainment including a showing of The Barkley Marathons movie.

There will be two aid stations on-course with water and Gatorade.  As a reminder, to help reduce our reliance on single-use cups racers must bring their own container or hydration system

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PRE-RACE BIB PICKUP:

Racers can pick up their race numbers ahead of time on Friday, August 14th from 3:00pm to 6:00pm at the Ford Park Tennis Center located at 700 S Frontage Rd E. in Vail.

Day-of bib pickup will also be available at the race start on Saturday afternoon. Please refer to the wave start/arrival time to determine when you can pick up your bib on race day. Please don’t arrive prior to your wave’s designated arrival time to ensure we are able to properly distance runners.

Please wear a mask when picking up your bib.


AFTER PARTY & PRIZES:

It’s an Après 5k after all! The race finish will take place inside of the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. The bars will be open and we’ll have some Mountain Games videos playing before the main event; The Barkley Marathons movie starting at 6:30.

If you just want to come for the movie, don’t worry, just sign up for the race, pick up your bib and come to The Amp. Your race bib is your entry ticket to the movie!

There will be prizes for 1st place overall Men & Women finishers. We’ll also have a raffle during the event and winners will be able to pick up their cool swag at The Amp after the finish.

Please arrive at the designated time according to your start Wave (listed below).

Day-of bib pickup will be available at the race start on Saturday afternoon. Please refer to the wave arrival time to determine when you can pick up your bib on race day. Please don’t arrive prior to your wave’s designated arrival time to ensure we are able to properly distance runners.

Wave 1

Day-of Arrival & Bib Pick up – 4:50-5:10pm
Start Time – 5:20pm

Wave 2

Day-of Arrival & Bib Pick up – 5:10-5:30pm
Start Time – 5:40pm

Wave 3

Day-of Arrival & Bib Pick up – 5:30-5:50pm
Start Time – 6:00pm

PLEASE NOTE: Runners can pick up their race bib at the Ford Park Tennis Center on Friday, August 14 between 3:00-6:00pm or during their “Day-of Arrival” time.


Works for us! However, you still need to register for the event through our registration system.

Select any of the waves and then just check the box marked “I will not be running in this event. Only attending the post-race party.” and you’re set!

PLEASE NOTE: If you are not running, you’ll still need to pick up your bib as it is your entry into the post-race party.

If you’re having trouble registering for the event or have questions, please contact us at registration@vvf.org


Unfortunately, dogs are not permitted to run in The Elements: Après 5K or at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. Give your 4-legged best friend a well-deserved rest day!


  1. Create a Strava profile (it’s free) or log in to your current Strava account
  2. Search for the GoPro Mountain Games within ‘Clubs’ or use this link
  3. Record your August 15 Elements Après 5K run (and share your training with us all year round)!

Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate day-of registrations.

Registration for this category closes Thursday, August 13 at midnight. Spaces are limited please register early to secure your spot!


We ask that if you are unable to attend this event for any reason to please let us know at registration@vvf.org, this will allow us to open your spot for another person who might like to attend.

You will receive a refund if you contact our Registration Team prior to midnight on Thursday, August 13.