Fundraiser for Vail Valley raft teams in Edwards April 8 |

Fundraiser for Vail Valley raft teams in Edwards April 8

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
US Women's and Men's Whitewater Raft Teams " both of which hail from Colorado's Vail Valley " plan to compete in the World Championships in Bosnia next month

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado ” A fundraiser for the US Women’s and Men’s Whitewater Raft Teams “-both of which hail from Colorado’s Vail Valley ” will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Wednesday at E-Town in Edwards.

The team is hoping to win gold at the 2009 World Rafting Championships in Bosnia. Only one men’s and women’s team from each country can compete.

The US Women’s Team members include Lisa Reeder, Dawn Vogeler, Lizzie Burnett, Jessica Kurt-Mason, Jaime Passchier, Katie Smith and Kathleen Garcia. The men’s team members are Mike Reid, Chris Reeder, Chip Carney, Todd Toledo, Seth Kurt-Mason, Joe Sialiano and Andrew Bishop.

The World Championships take place on Tara and Vrbas rivers, near Banja Luka, Bosnia, from May 18 to 24. There are three events: sprint, which is a time trial followed by head to head racing in a bracket series; slalom, which involves a series of upriver and downriver gates that the teams must navigate; and downriver, a head to head race that usually takes about an hour.

For more information, to donate or track the teams’ progress visit

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