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Kids Kick Butt at 2004 Glacier Breaker

Race results and full story on NRC's Annual Winter Race

by Chris Hipgrave
USAWildwater K-1
Treasurer, US Wildwater Committee

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):

K1Chris Hipgrave19:41
K1Geoff Calhoun20:06
K1Shaun Smith21:16
K1Tyler Dyer22:49
K1 JrClay Wilder23:21
K1 MastersBern Collins23:39
C1John Pinyerd23:49
K1 WHRob Murphy24:08
K1WBunni LaBadie24:24
K1 Jr WHEmily Stein24:46
K1 WHAl Grubb25:31
K1 WHLincoln Williams26:13
K1W Jr WHBailey O'Sullivan26:20
K1 Cadet WHTerry Waldron26:34
K1W JrErin Wilder26:56
K1W Cadet WHTierney O'Sullivan27:14
K1WAmy Walters27:14
K1 Jr SLJoel Abrahams29:13
K1 Cadet SLZach Locken30:34
C1 JuniorJeffrey Poe32:08

Chris Hipgrave is Tresurer of the U.S. Wildwater Committee and a K-1 Wildwater racer living near Bryson City, NC. Reach him at