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 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
- Board length requirement change: 11' or
- Due to the unique put-in location, all boards must be given to
event staff at Registration on Friday, (day before the race)
between 4:30 - 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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:
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
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.