August 31, 2004 -- Hico, WV
The Gauley River has long been considered an icon of legendary proportion in the minds
of whitewater enthusiasts around the world and a proving grounds for the expert paddlers.
It's Class V rapids, rugged scenery and clean blue waters rank it among the best
whitewater rivers in the world.
In the tradition of this remarkable stretch of whitewater, the race is an extreme event
- a down river sprint on the revered Upper Section of the river. Racers paddle nine miles
negotiating, among many others, the 'Big Five' rapids on the Upper Gauley, and finish at
the Class V drop known as 'Sweet's Falls.' Now in its 12th year, this race has grown in
notoriety and participation.
To quote Geoff Calhoun, "This years race will have several thousand dollars worth of
shwag for participants, and other cool stuff, cash prizes in the hundreds of dollars for
race winners, and of course, the awesome 9 mile race on the Upper Gauley."
To learn more, go to: www.gauleyrace.com