8-Ball Kayak Sprint
Photo: JON RESNICK

8-Ball Kayak Sprint

FULL CONTACT KAYAKING

Can you make it through this Mountain Games original without some carnage? 🎱: Outlook not so good.

The Pacifico 8-Ball Kayak Sprint is a whitewater battle royale sprint to the finish. After a floating start at the Covered Bridge, as many as ten kayakers will push, shove, and jostle their way through a 200-meter sprint in the narrow confines of Gore Creek. Along the way, boaters must avoid being knocked off by the 8-Ballers – loathsome kayakers in full body armor waiting patiently to attack the sprinters and slow them down throughout the course.

SUNDAY, JUNE 12

 

IMPORTANT: Registration for this event closes Saturday, June 11th at 6PM.

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Times

Times

SUNDAY, JUNE 12

1:00 PM

Rules

CATEGORIES:

Open – Men
Open – Women

EQUIPMENT:
  • Boat Lengths: 9′ or smaller.
  • If in doubt about your boat, ask Race Directors at least 24 hours in advance of competition.  
  • Mandatory equipment includes:
    • PFD
    • Helmet
    • Protective footwear
    • Dry-top, paddling jacket or wetsuit
  • Strongly recommended equipment includes:
    • Gloves
    • Full-face helmets
    • Elbow pads
    • Chest and rib protection
FORMAT & RULES:
  • IMPORTANT: Athletes must arrive at Whitewater HQ on the Gore Creek Promenade 30 minutes before race start to check in, attend a mandatory safety meeting and pick up their competition bib 
  • Athletes will be placed in ‘race pods’ of no more than ten (10) kayakers/pod. 
  • The final number of pods will be determined the day of the race based on the total number of athletes registered. 
  • Final race rules and format will be available during the Safety Meeting.    
  • The race begins with competitors starting in a ‘reverse floating start’ format at the Covered Bridge. When all of the competitors are as close as possible, the starter will blow a horn. Paddlers will then sprint 200 meters down Gore Creek to the ‘finish line’ (in line with the upstream side of the International Bridge). As they paddle, boaters must avoid being pushed off course by the ‘8-Ball kayakers’ who will be positioned along the course. The 8-Ball kayakers’ goal is to impede the forward progress of lead racing kayakers.
  • Both hands must remain on the athlete’s paddle at all times. No intentional grabbing, shoving, hitting or horseplay will be allowed. Unsportsmanlike conduct may result in disqualification 
  • Top finishers will advance to the next round. Number of racers advancing will be determined by the number of athletes in each pod. Rounds will continue until a winner is determined. 
LOCATION:

Race start is located riverside downstream of the Covered Bridge, Vail Village. Race finish is upstream side of International Bridge, Vail Village.

Results

Results

RESULTS

 

Price & Prizes

PRICE

REGISTRATION PRICING // February 25 – April 15, 2022
$35

EARLY BIRD PRICING // April 16 – May 31, 2022
$40

EVENT PRICING // June 1 – June 11, 2022
$50


PAYOUT

total prize purse: $1,700

MEN
1st – $500
2nd – $250
3rd – $100

WOMEN
1st – $500
2nd – $250
3rd – $100


PRIZES

Prized to be determined.

Price & Prizes

Event Map

Race start: Riverside downstream of the Covered Bridge, Vail Village

Race finish: Upstream side of International Bridge, Vail Village.