Posted by: Tom Boyd
We have been bursting at the seams, but now we can shout it out:
WE ARE BACK!
The GoPro Mountain Games are officially a GO for June 10-13, 2021.
It is going to be so … much … FUN!
Here’s what our Event Director, Dave Dressman, had to say:
“We are BACK, and we could not be more excited to bring some joy, vitality and positivity into people’s lives in the fresh air and sunshine of this beautiful mountain setting. It takes months of planning and many, many key partners to make this event happen. The support we have received from our sponsors, the Town of Vail and Vail Resorts is remarkable, and it speaks to the power of the Mountain Games brand. We have looked at this from every angle and we feel confident we have a strong baseline plan to execute a safe, high-level, athlete-focused GoPro Mountain Games this June.”
All of us at the nonprofit Vail Valley Foundation have been working overtime with our partners for more than a year to find a way to bring our beloved event back to action. We are so happy to finally share this news with you … but we have A LOT to share.
So let’s dive in.
First of all, this will be a little bit different than years’ past. That probably doesn’t surprise you.
We are going to focus on athletes, music, and multimedia experiences in this iteration of the event. The spectator aspects are expected to be curtailed, and in some cases eliminated, due to ongoing public health restrictions.
We want to ensure that both “pro and joe” athletes can get back to the water, trails, and competition after nearly a year of limited adventure sports competition opportunities.
The event will also include three nights of GoPro Mountains of Music headliner concerts (in-person and livestreamed) from the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, and a daily ‘SportsCenter-style’ live broadcast produced by Outside TV, which will open the livestream concert each evening.
Athlete registration is expected to open April 9. Learn more at summer.mountaingames.com.
Athletics events will include:
- Road Bike Time Trial
- TIAA Bank XC Mountain Bike
- TIAA Bank Kids’ Bike Race
- Bosch eBike Challenge
- YETI 2 Fly X-Stream
- YETI Catch Wars
- Pacifico Gore Creek Kayak Challenge
- GMC Down River Kayak Sprint
- GMC Kayak Freestyle
- Pacifico Down River R2 Raft Sprint
- YETI Down River SUP Sprint
- Orijen DockDogs Outdoor Big Air*
- Orijen DockDogs Extreme Vertical*
- Orijen DockDogs Speed Retrieve*
- Dueling Dogs
*This year’s DockDogs events will be classified as a National Championship, with increased prize money
- adidas Terrex 10K Spring Runoff
- Nature Valley Après 5K
- Rocky Dog Trail Run
- Pepi’s Face-Off presented by JUNK Brands
- Mountain Masters Disc Golf
- Limited capacity, physically distanced, outdoors
- GoPro Mountain Click Photo Competition
Thank you, thank you, thank you
Everyone: We very much want to acknowledge the incredible, incredible support from our partners and sponsors throughout 2020 and 2021. Each of them have put many hours of time, care, and thought into this event, and have been incredibly supportive every step of the way. We want to say thank you in particular to: GoPro, Town of Vail, Vail Resorts, GMC, Go RVing, L.L.Bean, Nature Valley, Outside Magazine, YETI, Bosch, TIAA Bank, Pacifico, Mountain House, adidas Terrex, Tincup, Orijen, Lifestraw, Smartwool & JUNK Brands.
We encourage you to show your support for these incredible organizations and brands!
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