Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Tracy Harmon):

This year, the Canon City Recreation and Park District is taking its BYOB race to new heights by teaming up with the Whitewater Kayak Recreation Park-Canon City, known as WKRP-Canon City, to host a full-blown Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival. WKRP-Canon City is working to raise funds to build a premier whitewater park for boaters in the river along Centennial Park. The festival will kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday at Centennial Park, Fourth and Griffin, in Canon City with the Riverwalk Games, featuring co-ed teams competing in kickball, flag football, sand volleyball, horseshoes, dodge ball and, of course, the coup-de-gras event, the BYOB race. Teams that build their own boats will put into the Arkansas River at Centennial Park boat ramp at 5:30 p.m. then paddle, push and prod their way downstream 2 miles to the Raynolds Bridge takeout. Spectators are encouraged to line the race route and cheer on the farcical flotilla. “The defending champ is John Howard and his Canon Rental team,” said Kyle Horne of the recreation district. “They have won the last four years.”

A more serious paddling event will be the Royal Gorge Pro Raft Race, featuring teams made up of area raft guides. That race starts at the entrance to the Royal Gorge at Parkdale at 6 p.m. and ends at the Fourth Street Bridge in Canon City…

Teams can still sign up for the BYOB race by calling the recreation district at 719-275-1578. Cost to compete is $40. Cost to compete in the pro raft race is $20 per person and includes a T-shirt. To sign up for the pro race, call Jimmy Whiteside at 719-924-0594.

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