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Down River Kayak Sprint

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Drop your boat in Vail Village, jump on the shuttle, and rock out to the East Vail put in (your boat will be waiting for you.) Make sure to cram carbs before the race - you'll need them for the 4 mile class II-III paddle back to the Covered Bridge in Vail Village! With a rally race format, kayakers drop at timed intervals so you'll be racing against the clock, and if you're really rockin' you may be able to catch someone!

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PART OF THE ULTIMATE MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE

Do you have what it takes to tackle four of the GoPro Mountain Games toughest events in two days?

* Note that competitors must compete in either the Down River Sprint OR SUP Surf Sprint, not both.

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PART OF THE TUDOR ULTIMATE RIVER CHALLENGE

Who are the fastest all-round river masters at the GoPro Mountain Games? We're about to find out. This grueling three leg competition will cover all three major whitewater crafts:  Kayaks Stand Up Paddle Boards and  Rafts. Could you be the all around best?

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Saturday
June 11, 2016

TIME & CATEGORIES:
8am - (Start)
5pm - (Awards Ceremony )

LOCATION:
Gore Creek

PRICE:

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Early Bird Price (Feb. 15 - March 15, 2016) - $40

 

Standard Price (March 16 - May 31, 2016) - $45

 

Procrastinator Price (June 1 - 8, 2016) - $50

 

Event Price (June 9 - 12, 2016) - $55

DOCUMENTATION:

Part of the Ultimate Mountain Challenge

Part of the Ultimate River Challenge

PRIZES:

U.S. Competitors: In order to be eligible to claim prize money, you will be required to complete a current W9 form. Checks will be mailed within 45 days of receipt of a completed W9.


International Competitors: Please note that all international athletes who are eligible to win prize money should be prepared to supply bank information, including a swift code, as well a passport or copy of passport.  All international payouts will be wired within 45 days of receipt of proper account and wire information.

 

Men's Division - Total Purse: $1,500

1st - $750

2nd - $500

3rd - $250

 

Women's Division - Total Purse: $1,500

1st - $750

2nd - $500

3rd - $250

The race course is a three (3) mile stretch of river that has several Class II and III rapids that will require intermediate paddling skills. You should be able to paddle your kayak in a straight line and be able to make quick adjustments to avoid obstacles. You must be a competent swimmer and we strongly recommend practice runs before race day.

All interested athletes can pre-register on the event website register.mountaingames.com. Athletes may also register on-site at the registration area. Organizers will not be responsible for incomplete, lost, or misdirected registrations or for registrations not received for any reason, including, without limitation, failure or malfunction of any communications network or equipment or computer software or hardware.

 

CATEGORIES:

Open-Men / Open-Women

 

EQUIPMENT:

  • Boat length: 13' or shorter.  Due to the unique put-in location, all kayaks must be given to event staff on top of the Vail Village parking structure near the information booth on Friday, June 10th between 4:30pm - 7:00pm. There is no parking available at the put-in. Please take the shuttle from the Vail Parking Structure or arrange to be dropped off.
  • Required Gear: Life Jacket (CG approved Type III), helmet, protective footwear, dry-top, paddling jacket or wetsuit.
  • Whitewater-specific designed boats
  • Equipment will be reviewed at boat check-in. Organizer has the right to refuse any non-conforming equipment.
  • For additional information on the stretch of river, please call Alpine Quest Sports: 970-926-3867.

 

COMPETITION:

  • The put-in is located at end of Aspen Lane, at the "T" intersection of Booth Creek Lane. From Vail Village: head east on South Frontage Road about three (3) miles. Take right on Aspen Lane. This road is located right before you go under the highway. Put-in is located at end of Aspen Lane, at the "T" Intersection of Booth Creek Lane.
  • Athletes will sign waivers and go through a gear check at check-in.
  • The race is a time trial format. UMC athletes will compete first then women followed by the men. Athletes will begin the race in one (1) minute intervals and starting positions will be determined at random.
  • Special requests for start times will not be accepted. Athletes must adhere to the start position he/she is given. Boat sharing will not be allowed this year. Please e-mail registration@vvf.org with any questions.
  • Athletes must be ready to go and start in the designated starting spot or they will be disqualified. Their boats will be held by the race starter. The race starter will give each athlete a 30 second warning, 10 second warning and begin the start countdown at five (5). On "go", athletes will be released onto to race course. Finish times will be recorded when the athletes cross the finish line.
  • Any competitor to use profanity, threats, or unsportsmanlike conduct towards the race officials, safety team, media, or other competitors will be disqualified.

 

ADDITIONAL RULES & REGULATIONS:

DIRECTIONS TO PUT-IN:

The Put-in is located at end of Aspen Lane, at the "T" intersection of Booth Creek Lane. From Vail Village: head east on South Frontage Road about three (3) miles. Take right on Aspen Lane. This road is located right before you go under the highway. Put-in is located at end of Aspen Lane, at the "T" intersection of Booth Creek Lane.

ATHLETE ELIGIBILITY:
The competition is open to all interested athletes regardless of state and/or country of residency. Competitors who are under the age of 18 must register with a parent or legal guardian. Competitors must be able to attend all scheduled events. Athletes will be required to provide all their own equipment. Further, athletes must abide by all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations during their participation in the Mountain Games®.

PARTICIPATION:
Athletes agree to be bound by these Official Rules and all decisions of Organizers. Organizers reserve the right to disqualify any persons found tampering with, or otherwise abusing, any aspect of the competition as solely determined by Organizers.

DISPUTE RESOLUTION:
Organizers will appoint judges and the decision of those judges will be final. There will be no review of scoring / timing even with the presence of TV cameras. Disputes with Organizers and/or appointed judges will result in disqualification of that athlete.

RESERVATION OF RIGHTS:
Organizers reserve the right to disqualify any athlete for any reason, including, without limitation, acting in an unsafe, unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner and/or with intent to intimidate, threaten or harass, or harm another person. All decisions with respect to the disqualification of an athlete shall be made by Organizers and/or appointed judges. Failure to comply with any term or condition of these Official Rules may result in an athlete's disqualification and the forfeiture of his/her interest in any prize. Organizers reserve the right to amend these Official Rules at any time in its sole discretion, and athletes shall have no recourse for any such changes or for any failure (whether inadvertent or otherwise) by Organizers to follow the stated rules. In the event that the competition is canceled prior to the completion of the final event, no prizes will be awarded. If the Tournament is cancelled prior to June 1st, for any reason, athletes will be reimbursed only for his/her entry fee. Athletes will not be otherwise compensated for any costs or expenses associated with their participation in the competition.

ORGANIZERS:

The Mountain Games® will be organized and produced by staff and contractors hired from and by the Vail Valley Foundation. The decisions of Organizers regarding the selection and elimination of athletes, the selection of finalists and winners, and the production and administration of Mountain Games®related events, and all other aspects of the event, shall be final and binding in all respects. Organizers will not be responsible for typographical, printing or other inadvertent errors in these Official Rules or in other materials relating to the event.


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PARTNERS
Event Schedule | Summer
AM EVENT
7:00 Costa 2 Fly X-Stream - Qualifier/Round 1 - Soccer Fields
7:30 Mountain Masters Disc Golf - Qualifying Day 2
8:00 DockDogs Outdoor Big Air - Onsite Registration & Practice
8:00 Down River Kayak Sprint - Start
8:00 EverBank Half Marathon - Start
8:00 Ultimate Mountain Challenge - Down River Sprint Start - Option #1
8:00 Ultimate River Challenge - Kayak Sprint - Start
9:00 Adventure Village - Opens
9:00 Costa Fly Fishing Village - Opens
9:00 DockDogs Outdoor Big Air - Wave 7
9:00 Gear Town - Opens
9:00 One Wheel Demo Course - Opens
9:30 Slackline Invitational - Highline Demonstration at I-Bridge
9:30 Ultimate Mountain Challenge - SUP Surf Sprint Start - Option #2
9:30 Ultimate River Challenge - SUP Sprint - Start
10:00 Climbing World Cup - Semi-Finals M+W
10:00 EverBank XC Mountain Bike - Kids Race (12 and under)
10:00 The Yoga Girl Experience - The Yoga Girl Experience - The Art of Letting Go
10:15 EverBank XC Mountain Bike - Awards Ceremony - Kids Race
11:00 DockDogs Outdoor Big Air - Wave 8
11:00 Down River R2 Raft Sprint - Start
11:00 Ultimate River Challenge - R2 Sprint - Start
11:45 EverBank XC Mountain Bike - PRO, Expert, Single Speed, UMC PRO
11:45 Ultimate Mountain Challenge - XC Start Pro Men/Women
PM
12:00 Slackline Invitational - Semi Finals Round 1
1:00 DockDogs Outdoor Big Air - Wave 9
1:30 Volvo Mountain Mud Run - Kids and Family Start
2:00 Costa 2 Fly X-Stream - Qualifier/Round 2
2:30 EverBank Half Marathon - Awards Ceremony
2:30 Volvo Mountain Mud Run - All Mountain Madness Division Start
3:00 Coors Light River Town Happy Hour - Party Time
3:30 DockDogs Extreme Vertical - Start
3:30 EverBank XC Mountain Bike - Awards Ceremony - Pro, Exp, SS
3:30 One Wheel Demo Course - Race for the Rail
3:30 Slackline Invitational - Semi Finals Round 2
3:45 EverBank XC Mountain Bike - All Jrs Categories, Beginners, Sport, All Masters Categories, All Vet Categories, UMC Amateur & UMC Teams
3:45 Ultimate Mountain Challenge - XC Start Amateur Men/Women & Teams
4:00 Kayak Freestyle - Finals
4:00 Ultimate Drop-In Game - Game Time
4:30 Climbing World Cup - Finals
5:00 Down River Kayak Sprint - Awards Ceremony
5:00 Kayak Freestyle - Awards Ceremony
6:00 Slackline Invitational - Highline Demonstration at I-Bridge
6:30 Climbing World Cup - Awards Ceremony
6:30 EverBank XC Mountain Bike - Awards Ceremony - Citizen Categories
7:30 Bonfire Dub - Showtime
8:30 Stephen "Ragga" Marley - Showtime
9:00 Altitude Bar and Grill - Party Time!
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