Pacifico Raft Cross
Photo: Dan Davis

Pacifico Raft Cross

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Fun for rafters and spectators, the Pacifico Raft Cross combines the speed of down river sprints with the water slaughter of 8-Ball.

Two person teams will have a chance to showcase their speed, agility, and aggression in a timed qualifying run through the heart of Vail Village on Gore Creek. 

FRIDAY, JUNE 7
4:30 PM

IMPORTANT: Registration for this event closes Thursday, June 6 at 6:oo PM or when the event capacity is reached. Athletes must arrive at Whitewater HQ on the Gore Creek Promenade 45 minutes before the race start to check in, attend race safety meeting and pick up their competition bib.


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Event Overview

FRIDAY, JUNE 7

4:30 PM

Similar to the 8-Ball Kayak Sprint, the Pacifico Raft Cross is a raft race (two person rafts) on the Class II / III whitewater of Gore Creek in Vail Village. Two person teams will have a chance to showcase their speed, agility, and aggression in a timed qualifying run through the heart of Vail Village on Gore Creek. Teams will then be placed in “race pods” of no more than three teams to go head-to-head in the Vail Whitewater Park (1/10th of a mile). The winner(s) advance to the next round.  Along the way, rafters will have to navigate no less than 2 upstream gates and don’t forget, RAMMING IS ALLOWED.

 

 

Times

Times

FRIDAY, June 7

4:30 PM

Rules

CATEGORIES:

Open – Teams of 2

EQUIPMENT:
  • Raft specifications – Hyside 10.5 Mini-Max rafts will be provided for competitors of the Pacifico Raft Cross.
  • Mandatory Equipment:
    • Coast Guard /ISO approved PFD
    • Helmet
    • Protective footwear
  • Recommended Equipment:
    • Dry-suit or wetsuit
    • Organizers encourage athletes to bring their own paddles, but paddles will be available if needed.
  • Athletes must wear competitor bibs outside their PFD at all times.
FORMAT & RULES:
  • Athletes must arrive at Whitewater HQ on Gore Creek Promenade 45 minutes before race start to check in, attend the mandatory safety meeting and pick up their competition bib.
  • Athletes will be placed in race heats or heats of no more than three boats. Final number of heats will be determined the day of the race in accordance with total number of athletes registered for the race.
  • The race begins with competitors starting in a ‘land start’ format at the Covered Bridge.
  • The horn will sound and rafters will sprint 200 meters to the finish line at the International Bridge.
  • 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. 
  • Athletes are encouraged to use reef safe sunscreen during all competitions.
  • All athletes should be aware that all competitions take place in mountain rivers which may have challenging conditions such as underwater obstacles, unseen hazards, rocks, debris and vegetation.
  • CLEAN, DRAIN, DRY. Before participating in this year’s GoPro Mountain Games, athletes’ gear should be CLEAN of plants, mud, and debris; DRAINED of standing water; and completely DRY before your competition. Following these CLEAN, DRAIN, DRY steps helps to protect the waters we paddle from aquatic invasive species.
race format:
  • Final race rules and format will be available during the safety meeting. 
  • Rafters will have to navigate around no less than two (2) upstream or downstream gates. 
  • Both team members must be in the boat and get around the gate. 
  • Any intentional contact with the gate will result in a penalty or disqualification. 
  • Teams that miss a gate will be penalized.
  • A raft’s finish will be official when the entire raft crosses the finish line. 
  • Both hands must remain on the paddle at all times.  
  • Competitors may NOT throw their paddle to finish the race.
  • 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 in each round will be determined on race day. Rounds will continue until a winner is determined.  
LOCATION:

Race start is located riverside below the Covered Bridge in Mountain House Gear Town and the finish location will be at the International Bridge.

Price & Prizes

PRICE

EARLY BIRD  // February 1 – April 4, 2024
$70/boat

STANDARD // April 5 – May 28, 2024
$75/boat

EVENT WEEK // May 29 – June 6, 2024
$90/boat

*The first person that registers will serve as the captain and pay the full entry fee. All teams must have both team members register by June 1st at 6:00 PM.


PAYOUT

Total Prize Purse: $1,500

1st Place Team – $750 ($375 per person)

2nd Place Team – $500 ($250 per person)

3rd Place Team – $250 ($125 per person)


PRIZES

Open:
1st Place: YETI Water Bottle x2, YETI 3L Gear Bag x2
2nd Place: YETI Water Bottle x2
3rd Place: YETI Water Bottle x2

Price & Prizes