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Whitewater Symposium set for Glenwood Springs

Ryan Graff
Daily file photoA national conference on whitewater parks and whitewater activities will be held in Glenwood Springs in October.
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The third annual Whitewater Symposium takes place in Glenwood Springs in October. The symposium is a sort of meeting of the minds, for leaders in the whitewater community, said Lori Hogan, director of tourism marketing at the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association. Each year, the symposium travels to a new whitewater center around the country. The past two years, the symposium was at Zoar Outdoor in Massachusetts and Nantahala Outdoor Center in North Carolina.

“Glenwood’s the heart of Colorado whitewater,” said symposium coordinator Kent Ford, of Durango. Glenwood has easy access to three rivers – the Crystal, Roaring Fork and the Colorado – and is one of the few communities in Colorado that has whitewater in October, he said. No Name’s Glenwood Canyon Resort and Rock Gardens Rafting will play host to the actual event.

This year another event, the first Whitewater Courses and Parks Conference, will piggyback on the Whitewater Symposium. That event will run Oct. 5 to Oct. 7, the three days before the symposium. The previous Whitewater Symposiums drew about 75 participants, but Ford expects 150 this year. The symposium doesn’t exclude anyone, but it is really marketed toward people who work or volunteer in the whitewater industry, Ford said. Among those who will attend are: Joe Pullium, founder of Dagger kayaks and executive vice president of Watermark; and Eric Jackson, founder of Jackson Kayaks and the freestyle kayak world champion.



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