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Pepi’s Face-Off

A Déjà Vu dash

Expect some steep competition during 30 minutes of uphill/downhill running on Pepi’s Face in Vail.

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.


Wave 1 – 10:30am

Wave 2 – 11:15am

IMPORTANT: Registration for this event closes Saturday, June 9 at 6pm


Open – Men / Women


All racers will start and finish the race in the same location in Mountain Plaza in Vail Village.

Each wave capped at fifty (50) participants; Total Pepi’s Face-Off field is one hundred (100) runners.

Racers will be sent out in one mass start per wave. Start positions will not be pre-determined and it is up to the athlete to get into desired location.

Objective is to run as many laps up and down Pepi’s Face trail as possible in 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. Once thirty (30) minutes have passed, horn will sound, and runners must finish current lap and cross the start/finish line.

Results will place competitors in each category by number of laps completed and then time back (see 2017 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 24 hours before Wave 1 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.

No dogs will be allowed to participate in Pepi’s Face-Off.


Start and finish is from Mountain Plaza in Vail Village



LAUNCH PRICE – 24HRS ONLY (1/26 @ 4PM – 1/27)


EARLY BIRD (1/28-2/28)


STANDARD (3/1-6/5)


EVENT (6/6-6/10)





1st Place – $1,000
2nd Place – $500
3rd Place – $250

1st Place – $1,000
2nd Place – $500
3rd Place – $250

Note: Prize Purse is paid to top 3 across all waves, not per wave.

Price & Prizes
race start & fINISH:

Mountain Plaza


2018 Pepi’s Face-Off course will be posted the week of the event in an effort to preserve trail conditions, but course will be similar to the pictured 2017 Pepi’s Face-Off course. Please respect Vail Mountain and the USFS’s closures when pre-running the course.