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Ultimate Mountain Challenge

ARE YOU TOUGH ENOUGH?

4 days, 6 events, 1 ultimate male & female champion.

JUNE 4-7, 2020

Registration for this event closes Monday, June 1 at 6:00pm.

REGISTER EARLY! First 30 registered GMC Ultimate Mountain Challenge athletes will receive a custom Osprey Arcane pack.

*NEW FOR 2020* – We tweaked the rules and format so pay close attention and see if you have what it takes to be the GMC Ultimate Mountain Champion!

But wait, it gets even sweeter! Double dipping is allowed – UMC athletes are eligible to win prize money in each individual event in which they compete, and they are not restricted from competing in non-UMC events. Additional information on this year’s rules and competition format in the Rules tab and in the breakdowns below!

Times
JUNE 4-7, 2020

IMPORTANT: Registration for this event closes Monday, June 1 at 6:00pm.

REGISTER EARLY! First 30 registered GMC Ultimate Mountain Challenge athletes will receive a custom Osprey Arcane pack.

CATEGORIES:

Open – Men
Open – Women

FORMAT & RULES:

REGISTRATION:

  • All interested Ultimate Mountain Challenge athletes will register for the ‘UMC’ event through GoPro Mountain Games online registration.
  • Once registered for the UMC, athletes will receive a promo code via email that is good for 6 uses.
  • Athletes must use the code to register for 5 events (including at least one bike event and at least one whitewater event) Thursday-Saturday, and Pepi’s Face-Off on Sunday, June 7 running event (mandatory). Eligible events include:

  • Athletes must register for each of their six events using the same name format (please, be consistent if you choose to use or not to use nicknames), date of birth and contact information.
  • *NEW FOR 2020* Athletes may only compete in the Pro Category of the XC Mountain Bike.
  • *NEW FOR 2020* Athletes may only compete in the Pro/Elite/UMC Category of the Short Track Relay.
  • *NEW FOR 2020* Athletes may only compete in the ‘Open’ categories of the Down River Kayak Sprint and Down River SUP Sprint.  They may not compete in the 17 & Under or Long Boat divisions of those events.
  • Athletes are encouraged to participate in additional events (i.e. Yoga classes, Mountain Mud Run, 10K Spring Runoff, Road Bike Time Trial, etc.) during the Mountain Games weekend. However, results from any events not listed above will not be counted towards athletes’ UMC standing.
  • UMC athletes are eligible to win prize money from any event in which they compete in addition to the overall UMC prize purse.

SCORING:

  • Athletes will receive points based on their rank in their category for each event, multiplied by the respective event’s ‘difficulty multiplier’ (please, see rubric below).
  • *NEW FOR 2020* Athletes will earn points on their OVERALL result within all running events; not age group result.  Athletes can still win prizes within their respective age group results.
  • UMC standings will be updated on the event website at the end of each competition day, with a final standing going into Sunday’s Pepi’s Face-Off event available by 8:00pm on Saturday, June 6.

POINTS RUBRIC:

Please see below for additional information on UMC scoring, format and rules

Rules

PRICE

REGISTRATION LAUNCH // February 5 – April 4, 2020
$225

EARLY BIRD // April 5 – May 26, 2020
$250

EVENT PRICING // May 27 – June 7, 2020
$275

REGISTER EARLY! First 30 registered GMC Ultimate Mountain Challenge athletes will receive a custom Osprey Arcane pack.


PAYOUT

total: $11,500

MEN
1st – $2,000
2nd – $1,500
3rd – $1,000
4th – $750
5th – $500

WOMEN
1st – $2,000
2nd – $1,500
3rd – $1,000
4th – $750
5th – $500

PLEASE NOTE: UMC athletes are eligible to win prize money in each individual event in which they compete, and they are not restricted from competing in non-UMC events.


PRIZES

First 30 registered GMC Ultimate Mountain Challenge athletes will receive a custom Osprey Arcane pack.

Ultimate Mountain Challenge Prize courtesy of GMC will be awarded to the first place male and female Ultimate Mountain Challenge competitors and includes:

  • $5,000 Vail Resorts Retail Gift Certificate
  • + more to be announced!

Custom YETI Awards for top 3 winners.

First place male and female Pro category finishers will win an epic piece of YETI gear!

Price & Prizes

Throughout the Mountain Games venue & events.

Consult individual event pages for specific Start/Finish locations.

What is the difficulty multiplier assigned to each specific event?

Difficulty multipliers depend on the event. They have been determined by a combination of factors, including: skill level required, time commitment, participation caps and historical results.

Please consult the point rubric for a complete breakdown of event points.


Are points only awarded for top 3 finishers? Does that go by age group or by registration category?

Everyone who finishes each eligible event receives points. The better you finish and the higher the difficulty, the more points you’ll earn.

*NEW FOR 2020* Athletes will earn points on their OVERALL result within all running events; not age group result.  Athletes can still win prizes within their respective age group results.


Are participation points awarded if athletes don’t finish in the top 3?

Participation points are awarded regardless of rank. Did Not Start (DNS) and Did Not Finish (DNF) participants do not receive points at all. So, if you sign up for an event and finish, you will get a ‘finisher point’.


What is the best way for athletes to plan their Games so they can prepare for time conflicts?

Please review the Mountain Games EVENT SCHEDULE to study all start times and locations. Then, check our past results in our website’s ARCHIVE to gauge whether or not two events will compete with each other.

*NEW FOR 2020* Since we are requiring all athletes to compete in the Pro category of XC Mountain Bike, we will work on adjusting the start order of any UMC athlete who would like to compete in the Down River SUP Sprint & Down River Kayak Sprint.


Event Start Rules

  • Pepi’s Face-off: competitors must be present at the starting bell of Pepi’s Face-Off in order to score a valid start. Please note that there is only one wave of Pepi’s Face-Off this year.
  • 5K & Rocky Dog Trail Run Races: competitor start times will begin at clock start. Late arrivals will not score a DNS.

No special accommodations for start time or order, other than those events listed above, will be made for UMC Athletes.


Can I collect prize money for my placing in the events I’m competing in?

Double dipping is allowed! UMC athletes are eligible to win prize money in each individual event in which they compete, and they are not restricted from competing in non-UMC events. So if you compete in the XC Mountain Bike and win or place in the Pro category, you will receive that prize money. Then if you win or place in UMC, you will receive that prize payout on top of that. Talk about some ROI!


Just don’t do it.

UMC athletes are encouraged to compete at the appropriate level in each of their events. Organizers reserve the right to issue a points penalty if competitors participate in a category well below their skill level.


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