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Old 07-21-2008   #1
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EddyFlower Vertical Challenge: Thanks competitors and sponsors

The 2008 EddyFlower Vertical Challenge was a HUGE success this year! Thanks to the 200 competitors representing 12 states on 48 teams for getting out and getting’ after it on the river and for First Descents.

Through your support over $28,000 was raised to send 28 young adults with cancer to kayak camp for a week. Giving them the opportunity to briefly experience what we’ve all enjoyed most of your life. Could not do it with out you!

Hats off and THANKS to our sponsors for providing $14,000 in prizes to 35% of the competitors: Keen, Dagger, Boquete Outdoor Adventure, Kokatat, WRSI, Level 6, Aquabound, GoPro Camera, Peak UK, NRS, Smith Optics, WRSI, Tech 40, Alpenglow, Face Level, Red Bull and Kayak Session.

Tom Janney dropped the most vertical during the event … 40,230 ft and will be enjoying a week long trip in Panama thanks to Boquete
John Spencer raised the most individual donations at $2195.00 and will be paddling a new Dagger nomad
Check out what teams did in their division here

Here are some additional event highlights:
1,420,033 total feet were dropped during the event … equal to 48 sea to summit attempts on Mt. Everest
3,528 laps
1182 eligible runs in 31 states
96 American Whitewater Memberships
$489.00 raised at the VC party for AW

48 teams:
o19 Open Division teams
o2 Class III teams
o6 class IV teams
o2 Class V only teamm
o13 Weekend Warrior teams
o6 Women’s teams
Props to our developers and designers:
Len BIG thanks for the poster and DVD design
Jeremy Smith MUCH appreciation for dialin’ in such a great video for the competitors and sponsors
To the EddyFlower web developers (Nate, Egan and Leo) for putting together a easy to use event interface

Thanks again everyone! Til next year!

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Thank you for putting this together, it is awsome getting out and paddling with everyone and it is for such a great cause. It was the highlight of my season so far and I expect it to be again next year.
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