Down River SUP Sprint
Photo: ANDREW TAYLOR

Down River SUP Sprint

DODGE THOSE COLORADO COCONUTS

Super SUP-ers put their speed and skills to the test in this race down Gore Creek against the creek and the clock. 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 snowmelt 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.

SATURDAY, JUNE 11
10:30 AM

IMPORTANT: Registration for this event closes Friday, June 10 at 6:00. Please see boat drop info below.

 


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Times

Times

SATURDAY, JUNE 11

10:30 AM

Rules

CATEGORIES:

Open – Men/Women
Youth (17 & Under) – Men/Women

EQUIPMENT:
  • Boards must be inflatable and may not exceed 11.′ Boards will be measured in the start area.
  • Mandatory Equipment:
    • PFD
    • Helmet
    • Protective footwear
    • Full-legged wetsuit or drysuit
  • 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.
  • The following will NOT be allowed:
    • Double-bladed paddles
    • Multi-hull boards
    • Foot rudder steering systems.
  • Athletes must wear competitor bibs outside their PFDs at all times.
  • Event organizers and whitewater rescue teams are not responsible for equipment rescue and/or equipment removal from the GoPro Mountain Games whitewater courses should athletes lose their equipment during practice or competition.
Format & Rules:
  • Athletes must arrive at the put-in no less than 45 minutes before their race start time to go through gear check, attend mandatory safety meeting, receive their start time and pick up their competition bib.
  • The race is run in time trial format.  
  • Final race rules and format will be available during the Safety Meeting.  
  • Paddlers who lose their equipment and require a rescue of any kind and/or appear to be excessively falling and swimming will be pulled from the course by our safety team. Paddlers who lose their gear and exit the river 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.
lOCATION:

The race starts in East Vail at the end of Aspen Lane. There is no parking available, so athletes may be dropped off or take the shuttles provided by Lakota Guides and Timberline Guides starting at 6:30 AM on Saturday from the top of the Vail Village Parking Structure. Please allow plenty of time to check in and attend the mandatory safety meeting.  

Please respect the Aspen Lane neighborhood and use the supplied porta johns at the put-in area. 

DIRECTIONS TO PUT-IN:

From Vail Village: head east on South Frontage Road about three (3) miles. Turn 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. 

Price & Prizes

PRICE

REGISTRATION PRICING // February 25 – April 15, 2022
$40

EARLY BIRD PRICING // April 16 – May 31, 2022
$45

EVENT PRICING // June 1 – June 9, 2022
$55


PAYOUT

TOTAL PRIZE PURSE: $3,000

MEN – Open
1st – $750
2nd – $500
3rd – $250

WOMEN – Open
1st – $750
2nd – $500
3rd – $250


PRIZES

Overall prizes are to be determined.

MEN Youth – 17 & Under
1st – TBD
2nd – TBD
3rd – TBD

WOMEN Youth – 17 & Under
1st – TBD
2nd – TBD
3rd – TBD

Price & Prizes

Event Map

RACE START:

Down River Sprint Put In @ Aspen Lane in East Vail


RACE FINISH:

Down River Sprint Take Out @ Covered Bridge
in Vail Village

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