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.
Paul Cuthbertson, a lifelong local of Eagle and Summit counties, died while skiing up to the Polar Star Inn to meet some friends for a celebration of his 21st birthday on Friday night.