Canon City, Colorado invites everyone to join us June 24th and 25th for the Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival. We are relatively new on the scene, but we have great events and an enthusiastic crowd.
Back this year is a 10-mile downriver race for rafts and kayaks through the Royal Gorge and we have been approved to race at levels up to 4,000 c.f.s. In conjunction with the raft downriver race there will be a new event called Pedal Paddle Battle in which cyclists will race 20-miles from Parkdale to Canon City. The course will take them over the Royal Gorge Bridge. The wager is beer. We also have three different freestyle rodeos at the Canon City Whitewater Park for kayaks, rafts, and body boards. The kayak rodeo is a Hometown Throwdown so come one, come all and it is in memory of David Schmitt who passed away tragically in May at the University of Wyoming. Proceeds from this event will go to a fund in his name.
There are several new events this year. The Raft King of the Wave is all about who can last the longest in the wave. We will have a 2-mile Duckie Race and a 5K run/obstacle course known as WAR as part of a progressive triathlon. Those two events will join the Pedal Paddle Battle to make up the three legs. The marquee event continues to be the Build Your Own Boat Race, known as the ByOB.
We will offer a cash purse for the downriver races, rodeo’s, and king of the wave. Each and every whitewater event and averages $1,000 per event.
The Festival has a great musical line-up this year, a larger beer garden, amazing food, and a fun zone for the kids. We are now at Centennial Park in Canon City right along the south shore of the Arkansas River and next to the Whitewater Park. You can get all the information online and register for events at www.royalgorgewhitewaterfestival.com
All of the proceeds will benefit the continued expansion and improvement of the Whitewater Park as well as other programs in Fremont County. See you in Canon City, Colorado on June 24th and 25th for the Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival.