Vail is a mecca for outdoor adventures, and this is demonstrated in several high-adrenaline events throughout the spring, summer and fall months the opportunities include: Vail’s Whitewater Race series in the Spring, the iconic GoPro Mountain Games in June, the Kids Adventure Games in August, and trail running and mountain bike races throughout the summer. Each offers the chance to participate, if you’re up to the challenge, or watch and cheer on the competitors’ incredible athleticism giving their all!
Vail Whitewater Series – May 9 – June 6, 2023
Races start at the Covered Bridge and end at International Bridge. The Vail Whitewater Race Series is open to all 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.
Go Pro Mountain Games – June 8 – 11, 2023
Featuring over 30 competitions in biking, running, climbing, kayaking, rafting, SUPing, fishing and DockDogs — there’s something for everyone at the GoPro Mountain Games. Designed for both amateurs and professionals, some competitors are all about fun and camaraderie while others chase the juicy prize purses and sponsor swag ($130K total) and all the glory — and that’s half the fun of the GoPro Mountain Games!
Vail Kids Adventure Games – August 10 – 13, 2023
The toughest kids adventure race on the planet! Set in an environment of healthy competition and challenging obstacles. Designed exclusively for kids ages 6-14, the Kids Adventure Games is a multi-discipline obstacle adventure race, where kids, in teams of two, compete together on bikes, in water and on foot through a unique 2.5-4 mile adventure course featuring up to 15 man-made and natural obstacles. Come out to cheer everyone on or register today (space limited)!
Dynafit Trail Running Series: May 20 – September, 9, 2023
Don’t miss out on Colorado’s oldest and most iconic trail running race series, featuring some of the most scenic trails in the state. Compete against yourself, your friends or world-class athletes during any or all of the seven races in and around Vail.
New! Mighty Marmot Kids Trail Running Races – Sept. 15, Sept. 29, Oct. 9, 2023
The Vail Rec District is excited to offer a new three-race series to get the next generation of trail runners excited about the sport!
Mountain Bike Race Series – Short Track (April/May), Mountain Bike Series (Late May – August)
Mountain bike racing season is right around the corner! Join the Vail Recreation District for the 2023 Mountain Bike Town Series starting in May. This summer, over 1,200 riders will compete for over $30,000 in prizes and priceless bragging rights. Whether competing in an individual race or signing up for the entire series, racers and teams have the chance to win awesome prizes and personal glory!
The Youth Mountain Bike Race Series, presented by Yeti’s Grind, showcases younger riders ages eight to 17. Youth riders are invited to participate in every race in the town series, with the exception of the Son of Middle Creek Enduro race.