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Old 03-09-2006   #1
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Clear Creek Challenge (Triatholon Run/Bike/Paddle)

Clear Creek Challenge
Presented by Remote Productions, INC
A benefit for the Alpine Rescue Team
June 3rd
Email: [email protected] if you would like an entry form mailed to you.
entry fees will be decided next week

The Clear Creek Challenge (CCC) will be a three-part event, consisting of cross-country running, on and off road biking, and class III/IV whitewater paddling. The event will take place June 3rd, with a nine o'clock start time. There will be both team (3 people) and individual competitions.
CCC will highlight many of the wonderful outdoor recreational opportunities that Clear Creek has to offer. The course will bring competitors through a vast majority of our county. There is an estimated three to five hundred competitors for this inaugural event. In addition to highlighting recreational opportunities in Clear Creek, spectators and competitors will be encouraged to visit local businesses. CCC is a fund raising event for Alpine Rescue Team.
The first leg, running, will be starting at Loveland Valley Parking area on Forest Service land. This will be a five-mile, cross-country run on the Bakerville to Loveland trail. The second leg, biking, is a 17-mile course that will begin at the Steven's Gulch Parking area in Bakerville. The course will follow the frontage road into Silverplume (apx. 5 miles), where it will then join the paved bike trail into Georgetown (apx. 5 miles). After leaving the bike trail, competitors will go through downtown Georgetown via 6th Street, then north onto Main Street. Next, competitors will head toward the Silver Creek trail (apx.7 miles) which begins at the first switchback of Saxon Mountain Road. The Silver Creek Trail follows the historic 1880's wagon road to the townsite of Silver Creek and down into Lawson. It is here that the paddling, and final, portion of the race will begin. This will be a 12-mile, class III/IV, whitewater run of Clear Creek. This section will take competitors through the towns of Lawson, Dumont, and Idaho Springs. The finish line will be at the take out located across from Kermit's Restaurant. The awards ceremony will take place at Kermits.

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Old 03-22-2006   #2
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Sounds like an awesome even, can someone hook me up with some beta on this river section? I am from cali but might be in the area this weekend. would it be to my advantage to run the river first or is it pretty much read and run? (class IV-V) boater. Thanks. Peace.
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Old 03-22-2006   #3
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Clear Creek

Clear Creek is very different in that it is not really natural. When I-70 was built, CDOT came in and rerouted it. There are some funky features in it b/c of that. However, it is very narrow and usually only one obvious line to take. The entire length can be scouted from the road. Lot's of fun!
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June 3rd will likely be right at peak flow this summer. With the good snowpack that means there will be no rocks and a few stompin' holes, almost all of which can be avoided. However, it is very continuous in the first 2 miles. Remoteproductions is correct about the nature of the creek, and for a road scout (frontage road and NOT I-70) I would stop by Clear Creek Rafting Company in Idaho Springs and ask one of the guides for some beta. They will gladly point you to the spots you would wanna scout.

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