Ridgway River Festival June 26

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From The Telluride Watch:

Registration for the 2010 River Festival will begin with registration in Rollins Park from 9-11 a.m. A safety briefing will follow at 11:10 a.m. with racing vessels beginning at 11:20 a.m. (LeMans-style start: run to vessels then get in). The hard shell kayaks/biathlon will start at 11:30 a.m., inflatables/biathlon at 11:40 a.m., paddle boards at 11:50 a.m. and the white water rodeo at 1:30 p.m. The popular Junk of the Unc race will begin at 2 p.m. with the awards ceremony following at 3 p.m. Put-ins for all events will be at the foot bridge in Rollins Park. Take-outs for the down river races will be at Ridgway State Park, approximately 3.5 miles downstream of Rollins Park (except for the Junk of the Unc race which takes out at an eddy just south of the railroad bridge).

Registration for each boat is $20, plus $5 for each non-ACA member competing (please bring ACA card). Discounts are available for those who would like to enter multiple events. All participants must have a coast guard–approved life jacket and helmet to participate.

This year, the festival has added two new river events, a stand up paddleboard race and a biathlon…

Also new to this year’s festival is the incorporation of a LeMans-style start to the river races. Rather than sitting in the river suited up and ready to go, competitors will begin in a footrace to the river, carrying their vessels, before launching towards the finish line.

More Uncompahre River watershed coverage here.

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