The origins of the Mountain Race date to the early days of the Stampede In the 20’s when cowboys raced down the side of Fox Mountain across what is now Highway 97 and on into the Stampede grounds. This is now a scaled down version and exhibition providing fun for the contestants and the audience.
A maximum of ten riders race each day for $5,000 added prize monies and points. On the fourth day the number 1 and 2 winners from the first three days are guaranteed a spot in the race. All points carry forward through the final race to decide the Mountain Race Champion. Riders are introduced about 1/2 hour before race time as they parade through the rodeo arena. They exit the arena and ride up the hill to the start. A horn sounds and the race is on. Almost the entire race is visible from the grandstand seating.
The rules state that riders must stay on the designated course which includes sharp turns and a mud and water hazard before the steep drop down to the track. Riders can be disqualified for infractions involving rules, straying from the marked course and for jostling or bumping other riders and horses. Any point ties will be split by adding up the total racers times.
The contestants must sign up daily and pay the entry fee of $60.00 and all contestants must sign a liability waiver. The dress code is jeans, shirt, colored vest provided, cowboy hat, socks and underwear optional.
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