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Pepi’s Face-Off

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A Déjà Vu dash

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



IMPORTANT: Registration for this event closes Saturday, June 8 at 6pm

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.

Pepi’s Face-Off will also be the 2019 GMC Ultimate Mountain Challenge‘s final event. Stick around post-race to see who will be crowned male & female UMC champion and take home the largest prize pack in Mountain Games history!



IMPORTANT: Registration for this event closes Saturday, June 8 at 6pm


Open – Men / Women

  • All racers will start and finish in Mountain Plaza in Vail Village.
  • Objective is to run as many laps as possible in thirty (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. At thirty (30) minutes, horn will sound, and runners must finish current lap (no back-tracking) and sprint back to the start/finish line.
  • Course will start and finish in Mountain Plaza, run West to the base of Pepi’s Face trail, East across Windisch Way, and down Strawberry Lane trail. Lap lane will be between base of Strawberry Lane trail and Pepi’s Face trail.
  • In order to alleviate foot traffic impact on Pepi’s Face, runners will use three (3) separate lanes up the hill. Uphill traffic on Pepi’s Face will be shifted from one lane to the next exactly 10 minutes from starting time and then again exactly 20 minutes from starting time.
  • Racers will be sent out in one mass start. Start positions will not be pre-determined and it is up to the athlete to get into their desired location, and be at the start in a timely manner.
  • Results will place competitors by number of laps completed and then time back (see past years’ 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 twenty-four (24) hours before 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.
  • Dogs are not permitted to participate in Pepi’s Face-Off.

Start and finish is from Mountain Plaza in Vail Village



REGISTRATION LAUNCH // February 6 – April 5, 2019

EARLY BIRD // April 6 – May 27, 2019

EVENT PRICING // May 28 – June 9, 2019



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

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


First place male and female finishers will win a YETI Panga 50!

Price & Prizes
race start & fINISH:

Mountain Plaza