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2013 USRA National Rafting Championships

The Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival is one of the biggest rafting competitions in Colorado and its hosting the 2013 USRA National Rafting Championships on June 21st and 22nd.
There are four events that make up the USA R-6 Nationals at the Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival this year. Each team will compete in a time trial, downriver race, head to head race, and slalom race. The cost per entry is $150 and that covers all four events. The top team in each division, men’s and women’s, will qualify for the World Championships in New Zealand later this year. Teams may register for the USA R-6 Nationals online at www.royalgorgewhitewaterfestival.com, print off a registration form online and mail it in, or register the morning of the event June 21, 2013 on site.

FRIDAY JUNE 21, 2013
Time Trial
Date: Friday, June 21, 2013
Start Time: 2:00 pm
Starting Location: 1st Street Bridge
Ending Location: Cañon City Whitewater Park (Arkansas River by the 4th Street Bridge)
Registration: On-line or at Centennial Park Registration Tent by 1:00 pmthe day of
Check-in: At Registration Tent by 1:30 pm

Description: This event will be held on Friday during the Festival starting at 1 pm. This event is a part of the USA Rafting Nationals competition and is the first of four events. The race will take place on the Arkansas River starting at the 1st Street Bridge, west of the Whitewater Park, and end at the Whitewater Park. The team with the fastest time wins the event and this is also the seeding for the remaining three events.

Royal Gorge Route Railroad USA Rafting Nationals Downriver Raft Race
Date: Friday June 21, 2013
Start Time: 6:29 pm
Start Location: AAE Boat Launch in Parkdale
End Location: Cañon City Whitewater Park
Check-in: AAE Beach in Parkdale by 6:00 pm
Race Distance: 10 Miles

Description: This challenging downriver race will begin at the AAE Boat Launch in Parkdale on Friday, June 21st at 6:30 pm. The Arkansas River will most likely be at high water through the Royal Gorge. You can have up to six participants on your raft as you navigate Sunshine Falls, Sledgehammer, The Narrows, Boat Eater, and Wall Slammer just to name a few. The race will begin with a shotgun start in Parkdale and conclude ten miles later at the beautiful Royal Gorge Whitewater Park. There will be a crowd on hand at the finish line. This is the 2nd of 4 stages in the USA R-6 Nationals.

SATURDAY JUNE 22, 2013

Black Hills Energy USA Rafting Nationals Head to Head
Date: Saturday, June 22, 2013
Start Time: 1:00 pm
Starting Location: 1st Street Bridge
Ending Location: Cañon City Whitewater Park (Arkansas River by the 4th Street Bridge)
Check-in: At Registration Tent by 12:30 pm

Description: This event will be held on Saturday during the Festival starting at 1 pm. This event is the third leg of the USA Rafting Nationals competition. The race will take place on the Arkansas River starting at the First Street Bridge, west of the Whitewater Park and ends at the Whitewater Park. The teams will go head to head with the winners moving on to the next round until there is a winner. The loser of each race is eliminated. Prizes will be announced at a later date.



Echo Canyon River Expeditions USA Rafting Nationals Slalom Race
Date: Saturday, June 22, 2013
Start Time: 4:00 pm
Starting Location: First Street Bridge
Ending Location: Cañon City Whitewater Park (Arkansas River by the 4th Street Bridge)
Check-in: At Registration Tent by 3:30 pm

Description: This event will be held on Saturday during the Festival starting at 4 pm. This event is the finale of the USA Rafting Nationals competition. The race will take place on the Arkansas River starting at the First Street Bridge, west of the Whitewater Park, and end at the Whitewater Park. The teams will sprint downriver and go through both downriver and upriver gates. The raft with the top finishing time wins. Prizes will be announced at a later date.

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