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Old 01-14-2011   #1
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Boatercross! Animas River Days 2011

For the first time that I am aware of in Animas River Days history, there will be a boatercross event. I have been tasked with organizing this event as part of Animas River Days and I would like some help from some of you boatercross veterans.

I realize that boatercross is probably better on a Class IV section of river, but since I think this will be more successful as a spectator-friendly event, it will be held at Santa Rita Park.

If you have any documentation of rules, setup, etc, I would love to see a copy, as I am out to put on a fun event more than trying to reinvent the wheel. I am thinking of having an out of water start where competitors have to enter their boats as part of the race.

If you would like to be part of the team to organize this event, let me know if you are interested. Thanks, Ryan

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Old 01-14-2011   #2
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Chineese boater cross... No rules, first one across the line wins.

Do different classes of boats by length and then just let people have at it. 9th St. to 4CRS takeout.

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Old 01-15-2011   #3
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I like the spirit, but I think it would be hard to have multiple heats and be spectator friendly if we started at 9th Street. I am thinking of going from the scout take-out above Smelter to a finish line just above the first big eddy on the left, with heats of 4 boats each. Top 2 qualify to advance. That way there can be a slow progression down to the finals with lots of potential for carnage for the crowd to see. Also, with all the potential skirt pulling, etc, it would probably be good to have it somewhat contained for safety purposes.

Keep the suggestions coming.
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