Thanks for the encouraging words! I think one of the best things about kayaking is the incredible community that we all belong to...that said, I know that Gary and I wanted to make this a "community" event - which I think we've done - lots of local community sponsorship and lots of help and interaction with the kayaking community. We wanted this to be as grassroots as possible, to ensure that any boater, at any level, would feel comfortable participating. Again, I think we did that! Rodeo should be for everyone, not just the pros (but thanks to them we get to see the really sweet moves!) - I like to call it "Roots Rodeo" - to reflect the grassroots theme of it.
The success of these events (grassroots events) depends on how well the community works together (because some of you know that in my alter life, I am a Social Network Analyst, you can tell that my geeky side is surfacing!). I think that we have a unique community in the area and that we all do a great job supporting, encouraging, and pushing each other.
My point: if you want to be involved, in any way, running the event, fundraising, advertising, whatever it is, step up to the plate - here and elsewhere in your life - there are thousands of organizations all over the state hoping that people will join, get involved, volunteer. I did this event because it is a way to give back to my community. I hope everyone will do the same. The strength of our communities relies on people getting involved. Next summer's GCRs should be great - seems like a lot of people want to be a part of this!
I was just bummed that I had to miss the last one, but I'm exploring DC area boating and excited! (first time ever to the Yough tomorrow!).