March 3, 2004 -- Bryson City, NC
The Nantahala Racing Club season opener event went off this weekend bringing a large number of racers, amazing
weather, great water levels thanks to Duke Power and some really exciting racing.
The annual Glacier Breaker, held this year February 29 on North Carolina's
Nantahala river, can be a chilly affair. Years past have bought blizzards, floods or frost into the "valley of the noonday
sun". But this year will stand out from the rest as we were blessed with warm temperatures and a cloudless sky. The two day
event includes a whitewater slalom race at Nantahala Falls on Saturday and a wildwater race down the Nantahala on Sunday.
Sundays wildwater event went off flawlessly with 20 competitors, 10 of whom were cadets or juniors. The wildwater race starts at
the Ledges, one of the more famous rapids on the Nantahala River, and finishes
just over 3 miles downstream at the Nantahala Outdoor Center. The whitewater is class 2 and 3 for the most part and includes
the hardest rapid on the river, Nantahala Falls.
Competitors came from as far as Washington DC, Atlanta and Chattanooga to
race and most of the competitors had also participated in a four month long wildwater program that was run over the course of the
winter in four different locations throughout the southeast. The Glacier Breaker would mark the end of the winter program and
a chance for the athletes to test their new skills.
RACE RESULTS (in order of overall fastest time):
|K1 Jr||Clay Wilder||23:21|
|K1 Masters||Bern Collins||23:39|
|K1 WH||Rob Murphy||24:08|
|K1 Jr WH||Emily Stein||24:46|
|K1 WH||Al Grubb||25:31|
|K1 WH||Lincoln Williams||26:13|
|K1W Jr WH||Bailey O'Sullivan||26:20|
|K1 Cadet WH||Terry Waldron||26:34|
|K1W Jr||Erin Wilder||26:56|
|K1W Cadet WH||Tierney O'Sullivan||27:14|
|K1 Jr SL||Joel Abrahams||29:13|
|K1 Cadet SL||Zach Locken||30:34|
|C1 Junior||Jeffrey Poe||32:08|
Chris Hipgrave is Tresurer of the U.S. Wildwater Committee and a K-1 Wildwater racer living near Bryson City, NC.
Reach him at email@example.com.