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Team trials could lead to bigger things for Glenwood Springs

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox/Post IndependentThe whitewater park in West Glenwood attracts spectators as well as kayakers and surfers.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” The 2009 U.S. Freestyle Kayak Team Trials are the precursor for the 2009 World Championships, which will be held in Thun, Switzerland, in August.

According to team trials organizer Davis Farrar, depending on how well the event goes this weekend, Glenwood Whitewater Events Inc., of which he is president, may consider pursuing the 2013 World Freestyle Kayak Championships.

“We are expecting to have a great event,” Farrar said.

Farrar said the river is running pretty well at 13,600 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Tuesday. He expects that the river will be running between 10,000 and 12,000 cfs this weekend for the event.

The event had 36 competitors registered as of Tuesday, but Farrar expects to have close to 100 by the time registration ends at 4 p.m. Friday. The event is also expected to bring in between 2,000 and 3,000 spectators from around the nation.

For spectators, two sets of bleachers will be set up on the north river bank. However, most of the seating will be open riverbank, and people can bring lawn chair. Coolers will be permitted, but no glass containers will be allowed. And event organizers are also asking for local spectators to please leave pets at home.

In conjunction with the event, Operation Vacation will hold its annual fundraiser, the seventh Yagatta Regatta at Two Rivers Park.

The Yagatta Regatta starts at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 30, at Grizzly Creek Rest Area, and participants will float down the Colorado River to Two Rivers Park. The preliminary and semifinal team trials will be going on at the same time starting at 9 a.m. Saturday. The finals will be held on Sunday at 11 a.m.

Also this weekend will be the 2009 Whitewater Stand Up Paddling Championships on Sunday. The main event is a six-mile downriver race on the Colorado River starting at Grizzly Creek Rest Area. There will also be a timed slalom competition next to Two Rivers Park, and a surfing contest at the Glenwood Whitewater Park will finish the day.

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114

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