2022 Year In Review - Sports


In the VRD Sports Department, we continued to push ourselves in 2022 - adding new events, timing more non-VRD events and adding a new axe throwing league. Our event participation is still robust - in 2022, we had a total of 3,718 participants in our races. We also continued to offer the same high caliber of sports camps, youth sports programs and more. Our Sports Director, Joel Rabinowitz, enjoyed a busy fall season outside of the VRD in 2022, coaching the Battle Mountain Huskies soccer team all the way to the 4A state finals in October as well as celebrating his 30th anniversary working for the Vail Rec District!

We included a single-stage enduro race in the series for the first time ever, the Son of Middle Creek Enduro.

We also introduced the AC/DC mini competition within the series - the best combined time (ascent/descent=AC/DC) of the downhill Son of Middle Creek Enduro and the uphill Davos Dash.

The Eagle River Water & Sanitation District Vail Whitewater Series saw record participation since its inception in 2011!

New in 2022: Mighty Marmot Kids Trail Races - these two events were very well-received and we are excited to grow kids trail running events!

Also new in 2022: we introduced an Axe Throwing League, in partnership with Wood & Steel Axe Company. This league takes place at the Grand Hyatt in Vail.

More Numbers:

  • Races
    • Winter Races: 396 participants | 60% Eagle County, 33% other parts of CO, 4% out of state
    • Whitewater Series: 339 participants | 60% Eagle County, 34.5% other parts of CO, 5.5% out of state/international
    • Mountain Bike Series: 1,172 participants | 78% Eagle County, 22% other parts of CO
    • Trail Running Series: 1,488 participants | 49% Eagle County, 85% other parts of CO, 11% out of state, 2% international
    • Kids Adventure Games Mud Run: 136 participants | 35% Eagle County, 55% other of parts of CO, 10% out of state/international
    • Mighty Marmot Kids Trail Races: 63 participants | 100% Eagle County
    • Ugly Sweater Holiday Fun Run: 136 participants | 92% Eagle County, 8% other parts of CO
  • Adult Sports Participation
    • 1,530 total participants in adult leagues
    • Approximately 1,025 participants in two nights/week of open gym volleyball and basketball for eight months of the year
  • Youth Sports Programs and Camps
    • 492 youths enjoyed our after school youth sports programs with record numbers in youth soccer
    • 622 local and visiting children enjoyed our summer sports camp offerings