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Amateur river race set for Sept 10

Western Carolina University organizations are co-sponsoring the third annual Citizens Race, a competition for amateur paddlers on a calm section of the Tuckaseigee River on Saturday, Sept. 10.

The Citizens Race will be held Saturday, Sept. 10.

The Citizens Race will be held Saturday, Sept. 10.

Participants are timed as they paddle canoes, kayaks or stand-up paddle boards through nine slalom gales, which are plastic poles hung over the water about three feet apart, on a flat section of the river off Old Cullowhee Road. Canoes, life jackets and paddles will be provided for participants who do not have their own equipment.

Entrants may get a feel for the water and boats from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, as they practice the course. The timed event will begin at 9 .am. Sept. 10.

“This event is to show that the downtown area of Cullowhee can be used for river recreation and is a fundraiser for the planned park between the dam and the bridge,” said Maurice Phipps, a parks and recreation management professor and member of the Cullowhee Revitalization Endeavor, or CuRvE. “It is designed to be a community event – a citizens race for families, individuals, kids and students.”

The race is sponsored by WCU’s Parks and Recreation Management program, Parks and Recreation Management Club and Base Camp Cullowhee. Registration is $5 per person, and registration forms (one per boat) are available at Base Camp Cullowhee.

For a link to the concept of the Cullowhee River Park, visit http://gocullowhee.org/projects/river-park/l. For more information, contact Base Camp Cullowhee at 828-227-3633 or basecamp@wcu.edu.

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