Vail Valley nonprofit holding far-flung paddling fundraiser |

Vail Valley nonprofit holding far-flung paddling fundraiser

VAIL, Colorado ” First Descents, a nonprofit in Colorado’s Vail Valley, is holding its third Annual EddyFlower Vertical Challenge from May 15 through June 15 on rivers throughout the U.S. and Canada.

First Descents holds paddling camps for kids with cancer. During the Vertical Challenge, paddlers will raise money by making as many river runs as possible. Paddlers also compete for prizes, with the person who paddles the most vertical feet winning a brand new Fluid Solo kayak.

The challenge is open to all kayakers, rafters, canoers and riverboarders from all states and of all skill levels. Teams of up to five people can register online at to compete in one of six divisions that best match theteam’s skill level.

Contestants can track the progress of their team and others on the Web site, where qualifying river runs and other contest rules are available.

In the 2008 Vertical Challenge 48 teams totaling 200 competitors ran more than 1,420,000 total feet while raising more than $28,117 for First Descents.

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