The Vail Recreation District partners with Alpine Quest Sports to host the annual Vail Whitewater Race Series. The races will be divided between three categories, including kayak (under 9'6"), two-person raft and stand-up paddleboard (SUP) with different course challenges every week. The course challenge for each event will be determined the day prior based on river flows. Each week, the two-round format will consist of an individual time trial with results determining the seeding for the second round, head-to-head race. Lakota Guides will be on-site at each event with rafts available for R2 teams to use. An after-party will also be hosted in Vail Village each week where cash and product prizes will be awarded to the winners of all three categories and all participants and spectators over 21 will receive a free beer courtesy of New Belgium Brewing Company.
Race day registration begins at 4:30 p.m. at the Vail Whitewater Park at International Bridge and all races begin at 5.30 p.m.
Races start at the Covered Bridge and end at International Bridge. Short-term gear drop is available at Checkpoint Charlie. Please park in the Vail Village parking structure.
Who can participate?
Everyone! The Vail Whitewater Race Series is open to paddlers ages 16 and up and intermediate to expert abilities. The skills to run class III whitewater in your chosen craft are required. This is a fun way to track your individual performance, progress throughout the series and compete against others. All competitors are entering at their own risk.
For more information, call 970-479-2280 or email Rob Crawford, [email protected].
Whitewater After-party Schedule:
May 10 - Altitude Bar & Grill (Evergreen Lodge)
May 17 - Pazzo’s Vail
May 24 - Bol
May 31 - Pazzo’s Vail
June 7 - Altitude Bar & Grill (Evergreen Lodge)