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PaddleFest 2016 May 27-30th

Buena Vista Colorado is excited to announce that PaddleFest 2016 will be a benefit for Chaffee County Search and Rescue. The folks that help pull folks off mountains and out of the river when we are in trouble. Come join your friends on the Arkansas River for 4 days of fun, paddling,clinics, classes, food, comps, sales, beers, and much much more. CHeck this link to learn more and to register or volunteer. Thanks so much


At the base of the Sawatch mountain range lives a one-stoplight town, and a river runs through it.

From the first sign of snowmelt to the time the leaves start their change, the Arkansas River Valley is the place to be. The overall sense of community revolves around Sup’ing the Milk Run with a handful of your favorite friends, riding your bike down to surf in our play park until the sun sets, getting your heart rate up on the Pine Creek and Numbers section of the Ark, and exploring the Brown’s Canyon Monument by raft, kayak, or foot. There is something for everyone in those summer days that keep on giving.

Around the endless amount of activities offered by this valley, is the support of a community that throws itself into making all the fun as accessible as simply showing up. Start your day with a steaming cup of coffee from The Buena Vista Roastery, head over to Colorado Kayak Supply and pick up anything you need to enjoy all that the river has to offer, and finish your day sipping a cold beer from Eddyline Brewery or a cocktail from the Deerhammer Distillery.

The big bang that starts off our incredible river season is Paddlefest, which falls on Memorial Day weekend. If you’re looking for a way to get involved in river sports, ready to hone your skills, or just want a good party that involves playing on water; this is the place to be. Clinics, competitions, races, and concerts make it a weekend not to miss!

The Arkansas River Valley has captured the hearts of all who visit or now call it home. It is the mountain town that just won’t quit, and the summer months give it the soul that makes it a nook worth exploring.

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This is going to be a great event. Please read carefully and please share with your paddling friends.

Please carpool. PaddleFest will have limited parking passes available for carpooling competitors only. Spectators have to pay for their own Park Fees at the put in. $3 per person or $7 per vehicle. Each car that enter the Number Launch Site must pay the $7 daily vehicle fee.

Please meet at the official Number’s launch site at 9 am on Sunday May 29th. Bring snacks and water. We will have our safety talk together and go over the rules and how we plan to run the event at the Numbers put in. There are 2 classes of racers. Mens Long Boat (9ft-12.5ft), Mens Short Boat (under 9ft), and Women's Open (all boats). Please be aware of rising water levels. Please only race if you are paddling strong this season. You will need to be a solid class 4 plus kayaker with a bomb proof river roll. If you are not, just let us know, we can redirect you into some other events that are less demanding. Thanks.

Here is a quick check list for you to be able to race.
1. Please have flotation bags in your boats.
2. Have your name and phone number written in your kayak and on your paddle
3. Dress for cold water paddling, have footwear and be prepared to stay warm.
4. Bring a throw bag, whistle, and river knife.

We will start racers at 10 am. As paddlers are ready we will send them down in pods of 5 or so to float to the start line ( downstream of the Numbers put in ) Once paddlers get to the eddy on river right above Number 1, they will check in with the timers. Racers will then go one at a time from just above Number One and will finish at Number 5.5 Racers will go in 60 second intervals. The race finishes at Number 5.5 on the river left side.

Please try to shuttle together with peers as much as possible to avoid too much traffic. Please be respectful as a driver and to where you park and watch out for spectators on the dirt roads. Everyone has to be respectful of all private property. Do not congregate at areas that are posted with Private Property Signs.

We are sure more questions and answers will come up. So please come prepared to be safe, have fun and to be a part of the first ever Numbers Down River Race.

Thanks so much and
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