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.
Open-Men / Open-Women
- Athletes must be equipped with the appropriate boat, PFD and
helmet sufficient for shallow / rocky continuous whitewater
- Solid roll and impact-ready helmets are a must
- Boat Lengths: 8' 6" or smaller.
Composite boats / prototypes / home made kayaks will be allowed
provided they feature appropriate safety features.
- Competition will begin on Friday, June 7 with qualifying
rounds. Women will compete followed by men. Athletes starting order
within each division will be chosen at random. Special requests for
start times will not be accepted. Athletes must adhere to the start
position he/she is given.
- Athletes will be placed in "heats", typically of five kayakers.
Only the paddlers in the competing heat are allowed on the water
during the rounds due to the limited space.
- Athletes will have one (1) minute to perform their routine in
front of the judges. The clock from athletes run will begin when
the athlete enters the feature. Each athlete will get two rides.
The scores from both rides will be added together to determine the
athletes final score.
- The top ten (10) men and women (provided there are 12 or more)
will advance to the semi-finals to be held on Saturday, June 8. In
the semi-finals, athletes will be judged on two (2) rides but only
one (1) ride will count.
- Five (5) men and women will advance to the finals to be held on
Saturday afternoon, June 8. In the finals, athletes will be given
three (3) rides and count only one (1). Top 3 Scores
will be announced before the athletes take their 3rd rides and
after each 3rd ride of finals to ensure every athlete knows the
score it will take to podium.
- Any competitor to use profanity, threats, or unsportsmanlike
conduct towards the race officials, safety team, media, or other
competitors will be disqualified.
The judging for the Kayak Rodeo will be scored by three (3)
separate judges. Each judge will score the boaters ride in
accordance with the tricks identified by judges leading up to the
event. These tricks will be determined by water levels and
performance of the rodeo feature. Each trick will be given a point
value and the athlete that scores the highest will advance to the
*Rules are subject to change if necessary
Additional Rules and Information
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
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.
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
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.
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.