Saturday November 6th 2010; marks the day. The Green River Narrows Race is one of the worlds most extreme kayak races, and this year is the 15th annual race. There are several categories in which racers will sign up; Kayak (long boat and short boat classes), C1, Handpaddling, and Iron Man (short + long boat): and of these categories there will be mens and womens. Racers will have timed intervals bewtween there starting point and will paddles as fast as they can (or at least willing to through class 5 rapids) down what is known as the "Monster Mile" this is a stretch of river in the Green river gorge that drops almost 400 feet in one mile! The majority of the mile is class 4+ and 5 but there are two grade 5+ rapids; "Go left and die" and "Gorilla".
-Below is a short film put together by Five2Nine showcaseing the Green Race and the Green River in particular. "Currents is a river stewardship focused WebTV program (online video documentary) which uses white water kayaking as a means to educate a broader audience about the risks threatening the world’s rivers and to help highlight the intrinsic value of preserving rivers in their natural state.
More info at five2nine.ca."
On race day there will be spectators exceeding 500 whom hike into the remote gorge just to see the action......some of which will be stylish and inspiring; but some of the action will be pure carnage!
Race training has stepped into full effect here in the mountains of western North Carolina, and it has bee a great time on the river. Days packed with lots of great paddlers, and even more great rapids. While i have been getting some great video footage, i am saving it for another day however here are some photos all shot over the month of october on the Green River Narrows. Some racers, some not but all good times.
Til Next Time, see you on the river!
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