Weekend ends with full contact kayaking
The 8Ball Kayak Sprint, an annual whitewater battle royal on Gore Creek, brought together kayakers on Sunday, literally. After a floating start at the Covered Bridge in Vail Village, kayakers pushed, shoved and jostled their way through a 200-meter sprint in the narrow confines of Gore Creek.
Along the way, they tried to avoid being knocked off by the 8-Ballers — defensive kayakers in full body armor waiting patiently to attack the sprinters and slow them down throughout the course. In the men’s competition, 17-year-old Hayden Vorhees paddled away victorious. Veteran competitor Emily Jackson won the women’s competition.
Greg Sparhawk, along with partner Jim Comerford, have proposed a large development of fairly small homes for the north side of Minturn, near the town’s railroad yards. The partners are under contract with Union Pacific Railroad for the property, which is across Minturn Road — also known as County Road.