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Old 04-29-2013   #1
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Mother's Day Races are back in Pilar NM

Join the The Mother’s Day Rio Grande Whitewater Festival, May 10-12, 2013 in Pilar, NM hosted by the New Mexico River Outfitters Association (NMROA) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Taos Field Office. The whitewater festival is the inaugural event of the Rio Grande del Norte national monument Travel to Pilar for a thrilling weekend of kayak, SUP and raft races, Free Kayak & SUP Clinics and Demos with Four Corners River Sports Paddle School, Fly Fishing with Trout Unlimited, National Migratory Bird Day at the Pilar Visitors Center, great music by Anthony Leon and the Chain at Taos Mesa Brewery Saturday night, Après Race party on Sunday at Blue Heron Brewery and cutting edge speakers at The River Rendezvous, Friday, May 10. Keynote topic is Protecting Rivers in a Time of Water Shortage with Rolf Schmidt-Peterson, Rio Grande Bureau Chief, Interstate Stream Commission & Steve Harris, founder, Rio Grande Restoration. Speakers also include Geologist, Paul Bauer, BLM Taos Field Office Recreation Director, John Bailey & Exec. Director, Brian Shields, Amigos Bravos: Because Water Matters and more. Win a Jackson Villan Creek Kayak donated by Four Corners River Sports retail value $1,000. Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10. Purchase on-line at Free Festival Camping at designated campsites in Orilla Verde Recreation Area. Sign in at Rio Bravo Campground.
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Saturday, May 11, 2013

-9 – 10 General Registration.

-$20 for the First Race, $10 for each race after, $60 per team of four, Rafting Race. First 100 entrants gets a Festival T-Shirt

-9AM – 5PM Free Kayak, Inflatable Kayak, SUP Demos: River Sports River Sports, Durango, CO. sign up, Rio Bravo Camp

9AM Book Signing with Paul Bauer at Rio Bravo Campground

-6:30AM – 12:00PM – National Migratory Bird Day: BLM Rio Grande Gorge Visitors Center.

6:30 & 9:30AM Guided Bird Walk. 11AM. Reconvene at Rio Grande Gorge Visitors Center. Kid’s activities. Live Birds of Prey from Santa Fe Raptors Center. Look for birds in Rio.

9AM Interpretive Hike with BLM Ranger on their new trails in Orilla Verde. Sign up Rio Grande Gorge Visitors Center. Highway 64 in Pilar

-10AM-3PM: Fly Fishing Demos on the Rio Grande with Professional Guide, Toner Mitchell, Director of Public Lands Outreach, Trout Unlimited. Sign Up Rio Bravo

-10AM – Noon: Kayak and Canoe Downriver Race
Men’s and Women’s Division
Long Boat- 9 feet and above, Short Boat, under 9 feet, prizes for each category, free t-shirt

-1PM – 3PM Kayak, Canoe, SUP Slalom

-3:30 – 4:30 – Kid and Mom Raft Race – Junction Bridge to Lone Juniper or Lone Juniper to Quartzite take-out, prizes and free festival t-shirt. Find location at Rio Bravo or registration

5PM – 6PM Raft Downriver Race – prizes and free festival t-shirt

6:30-7:30 – Awards at Rio Bravo

7:45, Van Service from Rio Bravo/Rio Pueblo to Taos Mesa Brewery, Los Rio River Runners van provider

-8PM- Taos Mesa Brewery, Great band! Anthony Leon and the Chain, Taos Mesa Brewery Taos Mesa Brewing, Taos New Mexico supports this event 150%! All festival goers get in for free. You must write your name on guest list race registry table or band sign up at Rio Bravo headquarters. All ages welcome.

Sunday May 12th – Mother’s Day

-8AM – 12:00PM Pilar Yacht Club, Mother’s Day Benefit Breakfast for NMROA- New Mexico River Outfitter Association: All Welcome

9AM Book signing with Paul Bauer at Pilar Yacht Club Breakfast

9AM – 10AM Free Demos on Kayak, Inflatable Raft and SUP Four Corners River Sports, Durango, CO, sign up at Rio Bravo Campground . Variety of kayaks, inflatable kayaks, SUPS.

9AM – Interpretive Guided Hike with BLM Ranger- Meet at Rio Grande Gorge Visitors Center

10AM – 1PM Paul Bauer: Geological Float on the Rio Grande for River Guide Education. Sign up at Rio Bravo. Space is limited

-Noon to 1:30PM – SUP Races
Men’s and Women’s Divisions
Long Board 11 foot and longer, Short Board under 11 feet. Prizes for each category/t shirt

-2 – 4 PM Kayak Rodeo at Sleeping Beauty- National Rodeo Judge: Ken Hovie of Colorado
Men’s and Women’s Division – Prizes for each category and free festival t-shirt

-2PM-4PM Blue Heron Brewery: Mother’s Day Music and Brews with popular singer, songwriter, Boris McCutheon. Just down road from races on right Home Page

-4:30PM Après Race Awards & Party: Blue Heron Brewery: Rinconada. Raffle Drawing for Jackson Villan Creek Kayak/4 Corners River Sports and Chama 3 Day Trip, Far Flung
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