Get Ready to Race!
Come race with us at the 2001 USACK Wildwater National Championships on the Pigeon River on Saturday August 4th, 2001. Paddle for fun or compete against current US Wildwater Team members. Everyone is welcome.
National Championship- Information For Racers:
- A competitors meeting will be held on Saturday August 4th at 10:30 a.m.
at the Nantahala Outdoor Center Rafting Outpost at TN I-40 exit # 447
(Hartford). A complete and finalized event schedule will be made available
at the competitors meeting.
Classes - The classes will be men's kayak (K-1), women's kayak (K-1W), men's C-1 and men's C-2. Juniors will have the same classes. Plastic boats will have a K-1 and K1-W class.
National Champion Selection Criteria - All paddlers are encouraged to race. All athletes competing at the National Championships (juniors and seniors) must be current members of USA Canoe & Kayak (USACK), Wildwater's National Governing Body (NGB). A competitor must compete in and finish both races to be named National Champion. The calculation of the winner of the National Championships, will be via a point system that combines the results from the classic and sprint races. Times or percentages are not averaged. Percentages will be converted to points, and points will be combined from the two races to determine the national champions. Questions concerning this methodology should be addressed to the race organizers at the racers meeting on Saturday August 4th at 1030hrs.
Safety - The Pigeon is primarily a Class Three river, with three Class Three-plus or Four-minus rapids. Race organizers will do thier best to provide race safety at key rapids. However, if you are not comfortable with self-rescue, please reconsider your participation.
Boat & Gear Inspection - Boats may be inspected before, during or after the race at the discretion of the race organizers to determine if ICF specifications are met. Be sure your boat qualifies before you start! Boat specs and rules can be reviewed at the ICF Wildwater site. If you are competing in an ICF spec wildwater boat, the new airbags rules WILL BE ENFORCED. You are required to have inflated airbags bow and stern. Current Wildwater Team Members are expected to set the example and come to race with airbags. See the ICF Wildwater web site for complete details. Also, race organizers reserve the right to monitor for unsafe PFDs and helmets.
Water Releases & Practice - The Pigeons flow is controlled by a dam. Race starts may have to be adjusted to meet the release schedule. The Pigeon releases for recreational use every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday from May through to September, from 12 noon to 6pm. Other days and hours are provided at the discretion of Carolina Power & Light. For confirmation of releases, contact CP&L's automated release schedule at 800-899-4435. The Pigeon is an easy river to learn after only a few runs.
Rafts - While race organizers will work with area companies, raft and private boater traffic on the Pigeon is unavoidable. We have chosen start times to minimize traffic flow problems, however, some problems may happen. Be courteous and paddle around them. The Pigeon is a wide river and overtaking is easy.
Shuttles - Walking the shuttle for the sprint race takes only a few minutes. Work with other paddlers on shuttle logistics to leave as many cars as possible at the NOC Outpost. Do not park at the other privately owned rafting take-outs or you may be towed.
Accommodation & Other Area Activities - The Pigeon River is located on the NC/TN state line directly on Interstate I-40 on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There is camping inside the park at "Big Creek", just a few minutes from the start. There are many hotels and restaurants located 15 miles west on I-40 at Newport. Facilities are much further away going east into NC. The Pigeon is only 1.5 hrs from the Nantahala and about 2.25 hours from the Ocoee, so there is plenty of paddling to be done if you arrive in the area early.
Getting to the Pigeon - The Put-In is located at TN I-40 exit # 451 (Waterville) and the Take-out is located one exit west at TN I-40 exit # 447 (Hartford). Drive carefully within the Pigeon River gorge on I-40. Police patrol this section of I-40 around the clock and in force. The closest airports are Knoxville (70 miles) and Asheville (45 miles). The closest major airport hub is Atlanta (4 hours). Contact the race organizers if you need a pickup at the airport.
- Every competitor needs to complete a registration form AND complete
a USACK waiver. Entry fees are only $15 if you are a USACK member (OR
pay an additional $5 for event insurance). All proceeds generated during
the operation of the 2001 Wildwater National Championships will be used
to cover operational costs (such as prizes) and further develop Wildwater
racing in the USA (such as coaching and training camps). Registration
forms and USACK waivers are available from www.nrcrhinos.com.
Completed forms should be sent to the address below. They will also be
available at the competitors meeting:
- Got a friend or family member who is coming with you? Race organizers
would be grateful for any volunteers who can help out on race day. Contact
race organizers to volunteer.
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