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Old 09-03-2009   #1
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Ogden Downriver Race and Water Release Sept 26th

We're having a race in Ogden, UT on September 26th if any of you Colorado paddlers (yes, even front rangers are invited) want to come win it and show the Utahns how bad we really are for the third time. Previous winners of this race include Tyson Tittensor(Boulder) and Ken Hoeve(Gypsum). Prize money is just like $150 bucks but that could cover your gas or airfare.

See details below - free camping. Contact Nathan ([email protected]) if you have any questions.

Mountain 2 Metro Ogden Downriver Race

September 25 - 26 2009, 10:30am - 1:00pm (Registration Sept 25th 12 noon to 6pm) Ogden, Utah
When the water and the leaves start drying up and you begin to worry about spiders in your paddling booties, the Ogden Mountain-2-Metro Games cranks open the spigot for one last dousing.

Paddlers in heats of five will race head-to-head down the Ogden narrows. The top two in each heat will move on to the next round. With 40 paddlers that makes three or four rounds before we determine the overall winners. You will track your status via a large white-board at the finish line. Register on Friday from 12:00 6:00 at the Mountain Expo in downtown Ogden, check out the free High Adventure Mountain Film Festival Friday evening from 8:00 10:00pm. Camp out at the Big-D sports park (bring your family) and wake up to the sound of the water being released! Registration
Registration begins Friday, September 25th at the Mountain Expo downtown Ogden. Please locate the GOAL foundation booth from 12 to 6pm. The registration cost is $20. Each registrant gets a shirt and a mini-pack. Eat dinner downtown then come on over to the park. If you can't make it the night before then there will be a short morning registration at the finish line from 9am - 10am. The race starts at 10:30 am.
There will be one safety boater accompanying each heat. Please let me know if you'd rather be a safety boater than a racer. There will be standard (shore based) safety set at key rapids. Please let me know if you would like to help set safety. Water
This is a recreational transfer of water from Pineview Reservoir. We've asked for 450 cfs from 10:00am - 1:00pm. Please come and help us make the most of the water. Parking
Please do NOT park in the Rainbow Gardens East Parking lot. At the request of the owners please park in the larger west parking lot for the race. There is parking at the Big-D sports park for those camping out. Boats 9 feet and under

Race Hype
See a video from a past year or media coverage.
Introducing the third Ogden downriver race hosted by the Ogden City Utah Mountain 2 Metro Games. The whitewater race will begin halfway down the narrow Ogden Canyon and proceed through the rapids 'The Demon', 'Poison Ivy', and 'The Waterfall' before surging past the scenic waterfall and into Ogden through the mouth of the canyon near Rainbow Gardens. Spectators will enjoy the beautiful surroundings and cheer on the participants as they race past in the treacherous whitewater.

Mountain 2 Metro
Due to become one of the western states' premier mountain games events, the Ogden Mountain 2 Metro games will host a variety of other sporting events from trail running to road biking. Designed to showcase the city's proximity to world class mountain recreation opportunities, the games attract a large number of event participants from all over the western U.S. As other rivers in the nation are drying up this fall, the Ogden River will be raging for the duration of the event because of a recreational release of water from nearby Pineview Resevoir. Water hungry paddlers from all over the state, as well as paddlers from Colorado and Idaho, will make their way to Ogden to compete and enjoy the flow.

Notice to all Competitors
Mountain 2 Metro Ogden Downriver Race is for Class IV proficient kayakers only. The race is run over a course approximately two miles in length, with several Class IV rapids. All competitors must have kayaked Ogden Narrows or at least three comparable class IV creeks prior to competition, and must be equipped with the appropriate boats, gear and safety equipment sufficient to sustain difficult whitewater race conditions.

This event is sponsored by KEEN, Ogden City and the Goal Foundation's Mountain 2 Metro Games.

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Old 09-06-2009   #2
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Good luck to all the racers this year. I won't be able to make it as I will be racing around Alcatraz Island the same day on my board.
To anyone considering the trip over for the race, do it. I had a great time running laps and racing during the release. Paddlers were cool and the race itself was really fun. Very grass roots and the festival in town was fun (although we jumped on a bus for an all nighter in Wendover). Best of luck to everyone and hope to see another Colorado paddler cross the boarder and take the title.

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Old 09-27-2009   #3
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Who won?
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Old 09-27-2009   #4
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The Trophy lives in Wyoming now...Aaron Pruzan won buy a long shot!

Great race and god times!
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