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Kayaking event adds Shoshone Shiver

CARBONDALE – This year Colorado Rocky Mountain School’s 39th Annual Crystal River Kayak Races are wrapped in with the new Shoshone Shiver, named after the widely known Shoshone section of the Colorado River, where some races will be held.

Freestyle, slalom and wildwater races will run Friday through Sunday, April 11-13.

These races initiate the three-event 2003 Colorado High School Whitewater Cup. The other races will be May 3-4 in Durango and May 10-11 in Boulder.



In past years, CRMS kayakers have dominated the high school cup. The reigning women’s state champ, sophomore Hanna Farrar, is a CRMS student, as is senior Mia Gaw, who placed third in the girls division last year.

“This year at the Crystal River and Shoshone races we wanted to highlight and support the whitewater park development that is happening in our area,” said Peter Benedict, kayaking coach at CRMS. “Our goal is to raise money to help install whitewater features in the parks that are being planned locally.”



The expanded Shoshone Shiver and 39th Annual Crystal River Kayak Races will also feature a film festival that includes a panel to discuss river parks, plus a release party for Lunch Video Magazine’s issue No. 8.

At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, the Roaring Fork Paddling Film Fest will present amateur and professional films from this region and across the country.

“We hope to present the breadth of the paddling experience, with films like `Colorado Coolaid,’ river conservation films from the American Whitewater Association and films from many local talents.”

Film makers are invited to submit a short film for inclusion in the festival by April 5. For more information, contact Peter Benedict at 963-2562 or 704-9710. Films should be five to 25 minutes in length, in VHS, DVD or miniDV format.

And at 7 p.m. Friday, April 11, a free party to celebrate the release of Lunch Video Magazine’s issue No. 8 will be held at Dos Gringos Burritos in Carbondale. LVM is a quarterly video magazine about whitewater kayaking. To learn more about LVM, go to http://www.lunchmag.tv.

For more information on the Shoshone Shiver and 39th Annual Crystal River Kayak Races and associated events, please contact Colorado Rocky Mountain school at 963-2562.


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