HUGE thanks to the boating community from LOG...
THANK YOU to everyone that made it to the 2009 Lyons Outdoor Games this past weekend.
This was by far the best attended, best flows, best staffed, best sponsored, best time in LOG's 7 year history. The boating community came out in force and that is very important for sponsors and the towns that promote our events to see this support.
American Whitewater saw a good bit of new sign ups. We had 300 people in the main tent area at one point. The short and pump track bike events had 300 spectators, and the kayak freestyle events were packed. It was a great games!!!
The Cadet Rodeo sponsored by Jackson Kayak has seen 3 straight years of 100% growth. This year, we had 14 kids show up under 14 years old. One girl that made it to finals (Sage!) that is only 8 years old!!! We even had the Vanderhoof (sp?) brother from Idaho this year. Alec won the event with a really impressive score and his younger brother was throwing full on LOOPS!! Really awesome to watch.
The Not So Pro event had some fantastic participants. These guys were really throwing down and I have this feeling we will see some ready for the pro-level event next year! Congrats to Rob Anna for winning, but in all seriousness... The whole finals group was really good. Congrats to all of you!
The Pro event. Can't say enough here... A huge thanks to the 20 or so of them all for putting the Lyons Outdoor Games on your calendar year after year. I am talking all of the biggest names in kayaking... Stephen Wright won first place, Nick Troutman 2nd and Briak Kirk 3rd. These guys are not just pro's in the water, but are genuinely great people. Helping with the river cleanup of the Saint Vrain, doing clinics for the community, setting great examples of how to have a great time, and just being approachable to those that wanted to ask questions and whatnot. Very cool indeed.
Creek Race. Let's face it this is a huge reason everyone comes to LOG each year and this year was by far the best race in LOG's history. We saw 100% increase in flows from the past 3 years. This made for a race that will be talked about in both pro and local circles all year in anticipation for 2010. SWEET!!! Tao won, with Pat Keller in second and Brian Kirk taking third.
Only one swim was had and our super solid Safety Crew was there instantly to pull this kid out just as he entered the worst of the narrows for a swim. If they hadn't pulled him out that second, he would have been really banged up...
Which leads me to the last of this long post:
MAJOR THANK YOU TO OUR VOLUTEERS AND SAFTEY CREW!!!!
Matt Solomon is a down right professional and takes safety very seriously. He and Mike Mathers pulled together the level of safety that is demanded on a creek like SSV and they are why a race like this is possible.
Dan Gavere rode that mic as the official LOG MC all weekend and he is soooo great to have doing that. The guy can rattle off stats (most of which I had never heard of before and he knows them like the back of his hand) for THREE STRAIGHT DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!. And I am not sure he repeated anything all weekend. He has a way of drawing a crowd of people, that have little knowledge of kayaking, into the event so they can understand more of what is happening. Thank you Dan.
Also...to all the people in our community that just came out to help with whatever is needed. Mike (with too hard of a last name to remember) was my right hand man, Arn, Matt Booth, Sonia (my wife), Zala, and MANY MANY MORE.
And LASTLY and MOSTLY... to Dave Cosgrove of the town of lyons for pulling together a town behind a genuinely great time for us in the kayak community. As well as Reed Farr who managed the entire logistics of the games.
This stuff isn't easy to pull together. And very few people get paid to do it. This is done by people that care about kayaking and want to see more people get into the sport.
Thanks to you all.
Marty Cronin (craw)...
See you in 2010.
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body. But rather...To skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming... WOW !!!! What a ride!!!!!!"