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Whitewater trials today in Glenwood

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” The 2009 U.S. Freestyle Kayak Team Trials begin today at the Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park.

Preliminary competition starts at 9 a.m. Saturday morning with the semi-finals in the afternoon. The finals will start at 11 a.m. Sunday.

No public parking is available at the Whitewater Park. Instead, spectator parking will be at Two Rivers Park and free shuttle busses will operate continuously throughout the competition transporting spectators between the park and the competition venue.



Event organizers encourage spectators to cycle or use alternative transportation modes between the venues as well.

There will be limited bleacher seating at the event as well. Organizers encourage people to consider bringing low-profile folding chairs, or blankets, for seating. Organizers also want to remind people to be cautious along the river bank as the river is running high and fast.



The river is expected to be running between 10,000 and 12,000 cubic feet per second.

Also, pets are not restricted but should be left at home.

The Team Trials are the precursor for the 2009 World Championships, which will be held in Thun, Switzerland, in August.

Yagatta Regatta

In conjunction with the event, Operation Vacation will hold its annual fundraiser, the seventh Yagatta Regatta at Two Rivers Park.

The Yagatta Regatta starts at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 30, at Grizzly Creek Rest Area, and participants will float down the Colorado River to Two Rivers Park. The preliminary and semifinal team trials will be going on at the same time starting at 9 a.m. Saturday. The finals will be held on Sunday at 11 a.m.

Standup paddling championships

Also this weekend will be the 2009 Whitewater Stand Up Paddling Championships on Sunday. The main event is a six-mile downriver race on the Colorado River starting at Grizzly Creek Rest Area. There will also be a timed slalom competition next to Two Rivers Park, and a surfing contest at the Glenwood Whitewater Park will finish the day.


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