5K Snowshoe Dog Derby
Right now your dog is wondering why you’re on a computer instead of outside playing in the snow. Listen to your dog and sign up for the 2022 Winter Mountain Games Preview canine snowshoe event! *Prize awarded to best dress hooman and good boys, let’s make it fun!
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26
Registration opens Friday, January 7th at 11am.
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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26
Right now your dog is wondering why you’re on a computer instead of outside playing in the snow. Listen to your dog and sign up for the 2022 Winter Mountain Games Preview canine snowshoe event!
IMPORTANT: Registration for this event closes Friday, February 25th at 12pm.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27
2:00 PM Mass Start
- Need snowshoes? The Vail Nordic Center has a limited amount of snowshoes available for rental. Be sure to call 970.476.8366 for more information
FORMAT & RULES
- Racers and dogs will be sent out in a single mass start. Start positions will not be pre-determined and it is up to the athlete and canine to get into desired start location.
- The Winter Mountain Games snowshoe course is a 5K loop. All athletes competing in the 5K Dog Derby will complete one lap.
- Athletes will follow RED course marking signs.
- Athletes and dogs must remain on the course at all times. No shortcutting. Athletes will be disqualified for not staying on the designated trail.
- Course changes may occur at any time based on weather and current conditions.
- The race loop has several road crossings that will be marked with signage. Racers should use caution in these areas.
- All dogs must be on a leash at all times throughout the race.
- Participants are limited to one pooch per entry.
- Owners MUST come prepared and clean up after their dog. Be sure to pick up all your dog’s poop.
- All athletes are required to wear snowshoes. Spikes, Yak Trax and other similar devices will not be allowed.
- Athletes will race on the marked course. Along the course, athletes will encounter all types of terrain ranging from groomed trails, to single track to ungroomed powder fields.
- There will be one aid station at the start/finish area where water and sports drink will be provided for humans and water will be available for dogs.
- No tripping, shoving or horseplay will be tolerated and any athlete participating in foul play will be pulled from the course and disqualified.
- Competitors who start significantly after the posted start time will still be clocked from the mass start time. No exceptions will be made.
- Parking will be limited for this event. We encourage carpooling.
Price & Prizes
EARLY BIRD // January 7 – February 16, 2022
1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers in the 5K Snowshoe Dog Derby will receive a Winter Mountain Games medal.