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2002 Northwest Whitewater Race Series Schedule released

Race dates accompany renewed hopes for more rain


Jennie Goldberg
USAWildwater K-1, The League of Northwest Whitewater Racers

December 18, 2001 -- Seattle, WA

Wildwater racing in the Pacific Northwest is generally characterized by lots of precipitation and, consequently, big water race courses. But 2001 ushered in the worst drought in the region since 1977--sad news for Wildwater racers as only three of the five scheduled downriver races for last year actually happened.

2002 brings renewed hopes for the wet stuff and a new crack at the point series. The same great runs, plus a new one, are featured in 2002. A continued push by the USACK Wildwater Committee should also help build race participation, but many area athletes will join simply to be part of the fun.

The League of Northwest Whitewater Racers is pleased to present the Downriver Series of the 2002 Whitewater Northwest Cup. Points will be awarded to each racer based on their results at five of the following six downriver races and racers must participate in at least two races to be eligible for final Cup standings. There will be classes for both Championship Wildwater and reacreational boats. Group practice downriver runs are scheduled for the Friday before the race and the morning of the race. Racers new to Wildwater racing are encouraged to participate.

2002 Downriver Northwest Cup Race Schedule
#1 March 9Cedar River Washingtonclass II
#2 March 16Chilliwack River British Columbiaclass III-IV
#3 May 11Bull Run River Oregonclass III+
#4 June 1Salmon la Sac (Cle Elum River) Washingtonclass II+
#5 June 22Skykomish River Washingtonclass III
#6 June 29MF Snoqualmie River Washingtonclass II-III
For more info, contact Jennie Goldberg at theleague@nwwhitewater.org

Here are some details about last year's events and what to expect in 2002. The annual Cedar River Race and the Chilliwack Race in March were cancelled because the water was too low. So far, flows look excellent for these to be outstanding races this year.

The Bull Run Race last May didn't happen mostly due to lack of interest, although flows would have been low there as well. The river is near Portland and the League of Northwest Whitewater Racers will be pushing for participation at this event. 2002 will be the first year a Wildwater race has been held on the Bull Run and the course looks very promising.

The Salmon la Sac race was held the first weekend in June on the Cle Elum River near Roslyn, Washington. Just east of the mountains, it is a fun class II+ course. Five wildwater boats and eleven others raced the four miles. This year, racers can count on participation being good, as this is the Washington Kayak Club's big family event of the year and has been held consecutively for thirty-nine seasons.

  Jennie Goldberg takes 'da chute on Oregon's Deschutes River Correspondent Jennie Goldberg takes the plunge on the Deschutes River in Oregon, regrettably not part of the NW Whitewater Series.

The Middle Fork Race is held on the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River, just 45 minutes east of Seattle. We had 1200 cubic feet per second on this class II-III stretch of about five miles on June 23. Four Wildwater boats and six others participated. This year the race will coincide with the first annual Pacific Northwest Slalom Championships.

The Skykomish wildwater race was timed with Skyfest, a weekend of whitewater events supported by American Whitewater to celebrate rivers and to help raise funds for conservation and access issues.

Five Wildwater boats and eight others participated on the downriver event from Split Rock to Big Eddy, about four miles of class III at 2400 cubic feet per second. Legendary World Cup C-1 Champion, Andy Bridge, even showed up for the race!

2001 Northwest Whitewater Cup Points Winners
Salmon La Sac
MF
Snoqualmie
Total
K-1 Wildwater
John Day
16
20
20
56
David Zimmerman
20
0
16
36
Victor Kress
12
16
0
28
K-1 Wildwater
Jennie Goldberg
16
16
20
52
Boo Turner
20
20
0
40
K-1W Recreational
Lora Cox
20
20
0
40
K-1 Recreational
Nick Bowling
12
16
16
44
Jim Good
0
20
12
32

Jennie Goldberg is director of The League of Northwest Whitewater Racers and an athlete training in Seattle, Washington. Reach her at theleague@nwwhitewater.org.

Editors note: Thank you, Jennie, for being such an active race organizer and helping to build wildwater participation in your corner of the U.S.! -- MB

   

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