05/18/2015
The Vail Recreation District's Vail Whitewater Race Series will continue tomorrow, May 19 at the Vail Whitewater Park in Vail Village. This is the second race in the five race series, which is presented by the Town of Vail and Howard Head Sports Medicine, with course design by Alpine Quest Sports.

The race will begin at 5:30 p.m. and offer competition featuring kayaking (under 9'6"), two-person raft and stand up paddleboard (SUP). Races will start at the Covered Bridge and finish at the International Bridge. The format will consist of an individual time trial with results determining the seeding for the second round, head-to-head race. This week, the top nine from the time trial will proceed to a bracket and may qualify for a championship run that determines the top three spots. Those who do not qualify for the championship bracket will race a second round, head-to-head. Everyone will race twice. Check  vailrec.com or Vail Whitewater Race Series Facebook page at facebook.com/vailrace for updates. Lakota Guides will be onsite with rafts available for R2 Teams to use. Spectators will enjoy viewing from the banks of Gore Creek.   

Participants can preregister for $10 for individual races or register on race-day for $15. Preregistration ends at 5 p.m. today. Onsite day-of registration will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the Vail Whitewater Park. Participants and spectators are asked to park in the Vail Village parking structure during the event. Short-term gear drop off/pick up will be available at Checkpoint Charlie before and after the race.

An after party will be hosted at the Altitude Bar and Grill located in Evergreen Lodge, where cash and product prizes will be awarded to the top three winners of all three categories. All participants and spectators over age 21 will receive a free beer courtesy of New Belgium Brewing Company, the race series' beverage partner.
 
Three additional races are scheduled throughout the spring and will take place at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, June 2 and June 9 at the Vail Whitewater Park.
 
Also new for 2015, the Vail Recreation District and Alpine Quest Sports will raffle off a Hala Atacha SUP board (retail value $1,350). The board will be raffled off on June 9 at the Pazzo's Vail after party for the final race of series. Everyone who competes in a Vail Whitewater Series event will be automatically entered, once for each race they participate in (up to five entries). Spectators can enter to win by taking a photo with the board at any of the five races, then posting it on Facebook and tagging Vail Whitewater Series and Alpine Quest Sports. Additionally, anyone can go into Alpine Quest in Edwards through June 8 to take a photo with the board and posting and tagging will get them an entry. Must be present at Pazzo's Vail on June 9 to win.

The Whitewater Series is brought to you by the Town of Vail, Alpine Quest, Howard Head Sports Medicine, New Belgium, Vail Recreation District, Altitude Billards & Club, Stolquist, Hala SUP, Red Lion, Vendetta's, Pazzo's, Optic Nerve, Astral and Kokatat.  

To register or for more information, call the VRD Sports Department at 970-479-2280 or visit http://www.vailrec.com/sports/whitewater-race-series.  
 

Contact(s)

Kip Tingle, VRD Whitewater Series Director, 970-479-2280
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