Get Ready to Race!
Come race with us at the 2002 USACK Wildwater National Championships on the New River on Saturday, August 3rd, 2002. 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 3rd at 10:30 a.m.
at the Fayette Station Rapid parking area, above the rapid. A complete
and finalized event schedule will be made available at the competitors
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 3rd at 1030hrs.
Safety - The New is primarily a non-technical Class Three river, with three Class III-plus or IV rapids. Race organizers will do their 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 Levels & Practice - The New River flow is controlled by a dam approximately 50 miles upstream, however several sizable creeks flow into the New below the dam. The average flow on the New in August is approximately 3,200 CFS, which is 1 foot on the Fayette Station Gauge. To check current water levels in go to www.gauleyrace.com. The New is not technically difficult at most water levels, and 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 New is unavoidable. We have chosen start times to minimize traffic flow problems, however, some problems may happen. Be courteous and paddle around them. The New 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 Fayette Station for the downriver event.
Accommodation & Other Area Activities - The New River Gorge National River is located in south central West Virginia, near the town of Fayetteville. There is camping in the area at several privately owned campgrounds. Closest to the river are: Mountain State campground and Chestnut Ridge, both are just five minutes from Fayetteville and just on the rim of the gorge. There are many hotels, cabins and Bed & Breakfasts in the area. Other activities in the area include Mountain Biking, Climbing, Hiking and Fishing. The New River Gorge is a National Wild and Scenic River and the NPS has several visitor centers in the area. Also close by is Babcock State Park, Hawksnest State Park and Summersville Lake, all of which provide activities and accommodations. For more information, go to www.newrivercvb.com.
Getting to the New - Fayetteville is located on U.S. Route 19, 20 miles north of Beckley. Route 19 can be reached from I-77 (from the south) and I-79 (from the north) Police patrol this section of Route 19 around the clock and in force. For air travel, Yeager Airport in Charleston offers service with Delta, United, American Airlines and more. Yeager is 1 hour 15 minutes from Fayetteville. 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 2002 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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