April 4, 2006
-- Atlanta, GA
The 38th Annual Southeastern US Whitewater Championships are alive and well. In support of one of
the longest running Wildwater/Downriver races in North America (the 38th Annual Southeastern US
Whitewater Championships), USA Wildwater Chairman John Pinyerd, will put up $400 of his own money
and bet that the old records cannot be beaten. "Just like last year, I would love to pay out the
dough, and I would love to see someone step up and break one of the records." John Pinyerd will
personally award $100 per class to any Southeastern's racer who can beat the course record for
the 8-mile top to bottom race of the Nantahala on April 15th. The records are:
K-1 - Terry White (1981) 42:04
K-1W - Kathy Bolyn (1989) 45:20
C-2 - Mike Hipsher/David Jones (1989) 45:11
C-1 - John Pinyerd (1997) 46:43
This race has a long and rich tradition with many of the great names of Wildwater participating over
the years. They include John Sweet, Payson Kennedy, Alan Button, Dave Mason, John Butler, Angus
Morrison, Andy Bridge, Terry White, Kathy Bolyn, David Jones, Bunny Johns and Mike Hipsher. In the
spirit of regional racing, and in an attempt to appeal to novice and intermediate racing, the
Southeasterns will be part of the 8th Annual intercollegiate Championships. The slalom race will
be a very low key race and will be held downstream of the Nantahala Outdoor Center on Saturday,
April 8th (a.m.) and with a head to head competition Saturday afternoon.
The Downriver/Wildwater race will be held the following Saturday on April 15th. Registration will
be on race day and there will be NO REQUIRED ENTRY FEES, only a suggested donation of $10 for USA
Wildwater plus the cost of insurance for anyone that is not a USACK or ACA member. The traditional
Classic 8-mile Downriver/Wildwater race (from the top to the bottom) will start at 11:00ish
(race day registration will start at 9:00 a.m. in the NOC parking lot, with a competitors meeting
beginning at 10:00). To ensure that we don't interfere with Rafts and other boaters, and can have
a warm up, we will put in at the very top (next to the power house).
So please come out and help me keep this great race alive and see just how well you stack up
against the records. Who knows, you might even make a $100!
Click here for the schedule and registration and waiver forms.
For more information, contact:
Chairman - USA Wildwater