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Readers say thanks

The Throw Down Show Down Freestyle Kayak Competition in Glenwood Springs September 21, exceeded expectations of the 2009 U.S. Team Trials Organizing Committee. Thanks to spectators, competitors, coordinators, judges, volunteers, announcers, sponsors, family, and friends, the event was a spectacular off-season blast. The talented participants supported by the generosity of sponsors were extraordinary in the water.Thanks to the city of Glenwood Springs and citizens. Youve made possible a world-class whitewater park. A big thanks goes out to all Whitewater Park Committee members, especially Tom Barnes, Al Laurette, and Doug Hazard with the city of Glenwood Springs for logistical support. Also, thanks to all members of the U.S. Team Trials Organizing Committee, including Heather and Scott King with a Funky Little Mountain Flower for photography, Bob Johnson and the guys with Operation Vacation, Glenwood Canyon Kayaks, River Restoration, Whitewater Consulting, and Two Rivers Productions.Huge thanks to contributing sponsors including Print Works; Sunlight Ski and Bike; Plum TV; the Glenwood Springs Hostel; Immersion Research; Canoe & Kayak; PowerBar; Astral; Teva; and Smith Optics for services, donations, and prizes. Thanks also to Colorado Rocky Mountain School and the Rocky Mountain Youth Kayak League. Matt Solomon deserves appreciation for his judging expertise. Thanks to Gary Mullins for being head judge and administering the competition, Ken Hoeve and Mica Ball for entertaining announcing, as well as to Tim Tonozzi for providing a PA system. Thanks to All State Communications and RFTA for help with parking, and Virgil at Rocky Mountain Disposal for offering assistance, as well as Waste Management.Thanks to Kate Collins with the Chamber of Commerce for advertising. The Glenwood Springs Post Independent and Colorado News Media are appreciated for sponsorship and event coverage. Thanks to all involved for making the Throw Down Show Down an incredible freestyle kayak competition!Brooke BevanGlenwood Springs

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