Crystal River Kayak Races scheduled for this weekend |

Crystal River Kayak Races scheduled for this weekend

The 38th annual Crystal River Kayak Races, the oldest kayak races in the area, will be held this weekend.

The kayaking events will be hosted again this year by Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale.

The races are held along the CRMS campus on the outskirts of Carbondale.

Activities will begin on Friday afternoon with the downriver race at 4 p.m..

On Saturday, the slalom will start at 9:30 a.m. with the course set in the Crystal River at CRMS.

After the slalom, a freestyle event – also called a “rodeo” – will follow at 1:30 p.m.

The kayak races for adults and high school boaters will conclude the high school kayak racing season.

And at the end of the day on Saturday, the state high school kayaking champions will be announced at the awards ceremony, set for 6:30 p.m. at the CRMS Bar Fork building.

Last weekend the high schoolers raced in Golden with CRMS freshman and Carbondale resident Hanna Farrar taking first place in all three disciplines.

Charles Woods also raced for CRMS last week. He was ninth in the high school men’s slalom.

CRMS kayaking coach Peter Benedict, the director of the CRMS kayak program, finished third in the men’s division of the Golden races.

The races were originally scheduled to be held in Boulder, but without enough water in Boulder Creek, they were moved to Golden’s Clear Creek.

In another recent race in Golden, the Colorado School of Mines’ Icebreaker events, CRMS senior Evan Meyer finished first in men’s slalom, followed by senior Carl Cloyed (second) and junior Moore Trautman (fourth).

In the women’s slalom, Farrar placed second and fellow freshman Anna Schwinger took fourth.

In the freestyle competition, Cloyed tied for first with Matt Farrar of the host Colorado School of Mines. He is a 2001 CRMS graduate and Hanna’s brother.

Also at the School of Mines’ Icebreaker, teams competed in an overall point competition that awarded points for slalom and freestyle races and water polo standings.

The top CRMS team finished third among the 13 teams competing from Colorado and Wyoming.

The public is invited to this weekend’s races with vantage points along the Crystal River on the CRMS campus.

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