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Old 06-07-2011   #1
 
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New Events for ANIMAS RIVER DAYS

There are some new events this year for Animas River Days, June 10-12. Yep, that's this weekend!

The inflatable rodeo returns for a second year! Did anyone see Bill Downey go vertical during last year's competition to win the race? It is going to be even more challenging this year to surf! Come watch on Sunday afternoon, 1-3 pm.

This year we also are having our first ever BoaterX race. Personally, I am very excited to watch! Four kayakers will start simultaneously at the top of Smelter Rapid and race to reach the finish line first. Waves, holes and possibly a large upstream gate must be successfully negotiated in order to complete the course. Race starts at 2 pm on Saturday. For more information, please contact Ryan Christianson at [email protected] or 970-799-3179.

Our third new event is an Up-Down Paddle Board Race, June 11, 2 p.m. This is the newest way to experience the river and is a quickly growing sport. Paddlers stand on a surf board like paddle board as they float up or down the river. Racers will be paddling upstream and back down from the 32nd Street Put-In. For more information, contact Lani at 4 Corner's River Sports, 970-259-3893.

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I was on the town run yesterday afternoon. All of these events are going to be a blast to watch and participate. All the waves are large and fast, making for some interesting races.

BOATER-X (my event) should be a lot of fun. Even if you have never raced in a boatercross race before, there will be many first-timers. This event will be about having fun, racing your other paddling partners. Plus, I have some great prizes for the winners valued at over $200. Men's and women's divisions. Sorry, Kjirsten, a little high for the paco class, but I may consider an inflatable class if there is enough interest!

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There are some new events this year for Animas River Days, June 10-12. Yep, that's this weekend!

The inflatable rodeo returns for a second year! Did anyone see Bill Downey go vertical during last year's competition to win the race? It is going to be even more challenging this year to surf! Come watch on Sunday afternoon, 1-3 pm.

This year we also are having our first ever BoaterX race. Personally, I am very excited to watch! Four kayakers will start simultaneously at the top of Smelter Rapid and race to reach the finish line first. Waves, holes and possibly a large upstream gate must be successfully negotiated in order to complete the course. Race starts at 2 pm on Saturday. For more information, please contact Ryan Christianson at [email protected] or 970-799-3179.

Our third new event is an Up-Down Paddle Board Race, June 11, 2 p.m. This is the newest way to experience the river and is a quickly growing sport. Paddlers stand on a surf board like paddle board as they float up or down the river. Racers will be paddling upstream and back down from the 32nd Street Put-In. For more information, contact Lani at 4 Corner's River Sports, 970-259-3893.
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Anybody see the article in today's Herald?

The Durango Herald 06/08/2011 | Celebrating the Animas River

Great photo of Alex Falk going through Smelter on a tube!
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I did see that. I thought that should have been front page material! I saw the guys tubing when down there yesterday. I think I would be wearing some noseplugs!
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