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Down River SUP Sprint


Mirrored off the classic Down River Kayak Sprint, the Down River SUP Sprint is a race against the clock in the heart of Vail on Gore Creek. Anyone up for the challenge will run this 3-mile stretch of Gore Creek from East Vail to Vail Village SUP style. Competitors must stand strong because snow melt from the nearby Gore Range makes for icy waters while navigating the class II/III course. Mix in a handful of low bridges, drops and wave trains as paddlers battle it out in the SUP'ing of Gore Creek.

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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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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?


Boat drop for Down River Sprints (SUP, Kayak, Raft) will be at the top of the Vail Transport Center from 4 to 7pm on Friday, June 10.



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June 10, 2017

9:30am - (Start)
5pm - (Awards Ceremony)

Gore Creek


All events have a limited capacity and will fill up quickly. Please register early to ensure you receive an athlete gift bag.  Late registrations may not receive SWAG.

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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


Part of the Ultimate Mountain Challenge


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 section is a low volume three (3) mile stretch of river that has several Class II and III rapids that will require advanced S.U.P. skills to navigate logs, rocks, extremely low bridges, and basic hydraulics. You should be able to paddle your board 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.  This is an intermediate to advanced course for experienced paddlers only.

All interested athletes can pre-register on the event website 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



  • Board length requirement change: 11' or smaller
  • Due to the unique put-in location, all boards must be given to event staff at Registration on Friday, (day before the race) between 4:00 - 7:00pm at the Vail Parking Structure. There is no parking at the put-in, and unattended vehicles may be ticketed. Take the shuttle from the Vail Parking Structure or arrange to be dropped off.
  • Required Gear: Life Jacket, helmet, protective footwear, and a full leg wetsuit.
  • No Leashes around ankles or wrists.  If paddlers choose to wear a leash it must have a release system that can be hand activated and should also have an emergency break away system.
  • No double-bladed paddles, multi-hull boards or foot steering rudder systems.
  • Athletes must wear competitor bibs outside their PFDs at all times. For athletes that place on the podium, we ask that you wear your competitor bib.
  • For additional information on the stretch of river or gear rental, call Alpine Quest Sports at 970-926-3867.



  • The race start line / put-in is located in East Vail, at the end of Aspen Lane. Due to the unique location, there is no parking at this location. The finish line is three (3) miles downstream at the Covered Bridge in Vail Village.  Athletes must use the supplied Porta Johns anyone caught not using the porta john will be DQ'd from the race.
  • The race is a time trial format. UMC athletes will compete first then women followed by the men. Athletes will begin the race in thirty (30) second intervals and starting positions will be determined by registration date. IE the later you register the earlier in the race you will compete!  At the check-in, athletes will sign waivers and go through a gear check. Special requests for start times will not be accepted. Athletes must adhere to the start position he/she is given.  IE There will not be accommodations for the Sharing of boards will between racers of different genders.  You miss your spot and its an automatic DNS!
  • Athletes must be ready to go and start in the designated starting spot or they will be disqualified. 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 located 25 meters upstream of the Covered Bridge.
  • Paddlers who loose their equipment and require a rescue of any kind for paddle or board and/or appear to be excessively falling and swimming will be pulled from the course by our safety team.  If a paddler looses his or her gear and exits the river, they will receive a DNF.
  • If a paddler is being overtaken by another "faster" paddler from behind they must yield to the faster/overtaking paddler in a safe and respectful manner.  This will not affect a penalty or DQ unless the paddler being overtaken used blocking or any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct.
  • Any competitor to use profanity, threats, or unsportsmanlike conduct towards the race officials, safety team, media, or other competitors will be disqualified.


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.

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®.

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 athlete.

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.

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Event Schedule | Summer
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 Mountain Challenge - 10K Start
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 Jam in the Van - Time to Rock
9:00 Onewheel 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 Mountain Challenge - TT Start
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 Citizen Climbing - Wave 1 & Paraclimbing
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
12:00 Slackline Invitational - Round 2 - Heat 1
12:30 SUP Skills Invitational - Start
1:00 DockDogs Outdoor Big Air - Wave 9
1:30 Volvo Mountain Mud Run - Kids and Family Start
2:00 Citizen Climbing - Wave 2
2:00 Costa 2 Fly X-Stream - Qualifier/Round 2
2:00 EverBank Half Marathon - Awards Ceremony at Checkpoint Charlie
2:30 EverBank XC Mountain Bike - Awards Ceremony - Pro, Exp, SS
2:30 Volvo Mountain Mud Run - All Mountain Madness Division Start
3:30 DockDogs Extreme Vertical - Start
3:30 Onewheel Demo Course - Race for the Rail
3:30 Slackline Invitational - Round 2 - Heat 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 GoPro Daily Giveaway
4:00 Kayak Freestyle - Finals
4:30 Climbing World Cup - Finals
5:00 Down River Kayak Sprint - Awards Ceremony
5:00 Down River R2 Raft Sprint - Awards Ceremony at I-Bridge
5:00 Kayak Freestyle - Awards Ceremony
5:00 SUP Skills Invitational - Awards Ceremony at I-Bridge
5:45 Citizen Climbing - Wave 2 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 Flashflight Disc Nite - Start
7:30 Ultimate River Challenge - Awards Ceremony at Ford Ampitheater
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Rooms starting at $90/nt. Pet friendly accommodations available!


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