The Steep Creek Championship is a kayak race for ONLY the most
experienced whitewater kayakers. All participants must be an e
proficient Class V kayaker and have kayaked the race course prior
to the competition. The race takes place on Homestake Creek located
outside the town of Red Cliff and is approximately ¼ mile long and
drops 480' per mile.
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, gear and
safety equipment sufficient to sustain extreme whitewater race
- Boats: Plastic whitewater boats only, 9' or smaller.
Prototypes, modified boats or non-creek models allowed ONLY if they
meet safety standards - at the discretion of the organizer.
- All athletes are required to carry a flat bag in their
- All athletes are required to have their have their boat washed
onsite prior to racing at the designated boat wash station or they
will be subject to disqualification.
- Any competitor to use profanity, threats, or unsportsmanlike
conduct towards the race officials, safety team, media, or other
competitors will be disqualified.
1) All competitors must have kayaked Homestake Creek prior to
2) Women will compete first. Athletes' start time within each
division will be determined by date and time of registration. Those
registering first will start last in their division. Special
requests for start times will NOT be accepted. Athletes must adhere
to the start position he/she is given.
3) The race will be run in a time-trial format. Women will be
sent out in two (2) minute intervals and men will be sent out in
one (1) minute intervals. Athlete's bib and start time will be
recorded at the start line.
4) Athletes must start on the designated starting ramp. The race
starter will give each athlete a 30-second warning, 10-second
warning and begin the start countdown at five (5). At "go", athlete
will be released onto race course. Finish times will be recorded
when the athlete crosses the finish line.
5) The top 50% times of athletes competing in each division will
advance to the second round.
6) Due to downstream hazards, all athletes must take out at the
designated take-out or they may be subject to penalties.
Additional Rules and Information
DIRECTIONS TO START LINE FROM VAIL: I-70 west to
exit 171, Minturn/US Highway 6 & 24. At bottom of ramp, take
right. Follow Highway 6 & 24 about 30 minutes. Cross over the
Red Cliff Bridge. About 1.4 miles past the bridge, take a right and
park. Walk down the hill about 100 yards to the start line. Parking
is very limited so please carpool with friends.
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.
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.