U.S. Rafting Teams holds fundraiser for Worlds
VAIL – Tuesday, the U.S. Women’s and Men’s Whitewater Raft Teams, which will be competing at the 2007 World Rafting Championships in South Korea, are holding a fundraiser at Vendetta’s in Vail from 6-9 p.m. There is $20 entry fee, as well as a silent auction and raffle. The first keg is free, and the first 25 people will receive a free gift. Silent auction items include 7-night’s stay at a House in Kitty Hawk, N.C., K2 skis, G3 Skis, restaurant certificates, and more.
The World Rafting Championships (WRC) are the biggest and highest level of rafting competition. It is held biennially by the IRF (International Rafting Federation). Only one top nationally selected team from each country is eligible to compete at this event, and both the men’s and women’s teams are from the Vail Valley. Members of the U.S. Women’s Team include Lisa Reeder, Dawn Vogeler, Lizzie Burnett, Jody Swoboda, Jessica McGowan, Jaime Passchier and Kathleen Garcia. The men’s team members are Mike Reid, Chris Reeder, Chip Carney, Ollie Dose, Todd Toledo, Brent Redden and Brandon Levy.The IRF is holding the 2007 World Championships on the Naerinchon River, in Inje County, South Korea, from June 27-July 2.
There are three events that make up the World Championships; sprint, which is a time trial followed by head-to-head racing in a bracket series, slalom, where the teams navigate a series of upriver and downriver gates without acquiring penalties and downriver, which may involve a mass start of all teams, or in heats. The downriver is 13K in South Korea.Overall winners are chosen through a point and percentage system from all three events. The event will be shown on ESPN.
When: Tuesday March 27, 2007Where: Vendetta’s Vail, COWhy: To benefit the U.S. Women’s and Men’s Whitewater Raft Team and their quest for gold at the 2007 World Rafting Championships in South Korea.