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2008 USA Wildwater National Championships

August 1–3, 2008 on the Deerfield River

April 21, 2008 -- Charlemont, MA

Zoar Outesor, has once again been awarded the bid to host the Wildwater National Championships on the Deerfield River in Western Massachusetts. This event, scheduled for August 1–3, 2008, has been designated an international race by the International Canoe Federation’s Chairman, Jens Perlwitz. "The Deerfield River is a wonderful wildwater venue and our 2007 Nationals were well attended by the Canadians. We expect the 2008 race to be very well attended by racers from the US, Canada and potentially other countries", states John Pinyerd, USA Wildwater Committee Programs and Events Director.

Zoar Outesor has a long history of running national and international races on the Deerfield River and last hosted this event in 2007. Last year was such a success that Zoar was asked to submit a bid for this year's event. During the 1990s, Zoar hosted a number of national competitions on the Deerfield River including the Slalom Nationals, Juning Team Trials, Open-Boat Nationals, and the Wildwater Nationals in 1993 and 1995.

The actual races will be held on Saturday, August 2nd and Sunday August 3rd. They will include classes for Junings, Masters and Grand Masters levels to encourage more paddlers to participate.

For more information, please contact the Race Director, Karen Blom via email:

You can also visit the Zoar Outesors website at

According to Jamie McEwan, a whitewater racers reuning/party/get together ... will be held on Saturday evening.