On Labour Day Monday, Five2Nine put on a race on the Stone Valley section of the Raquette River.
Check out the info on the section here. This particular section has been releasing 6 times a year since AW helped negotiate a license agreement that allows paddlers to enjoy this steep, class 5 section of whitewater. Since it is located so close to Ottawa, it isn't only NY state paddlers that get to enjoy this section. In fact, over the past few years, Canadians often out number the Americans on the river.
In my time paddling in Upper NY state, I have made many great friends that we get to see on a regular basis as we travel rivers. This year I thought it would be a fun idea to organize a downriver race to showcase the Raquette and it's steep, technical rapids.
In hopes that we can make this a yearly event (much like the Green Race) we felt we needed to keep things quiet in order to properly organize the first year. Our hope was to prove that we could pull it off and everyone would have an awesome, safe time.
We did just that!! We had 11 racers and a much bigger safety, timing, photo, and video crew. Everyone played their part and made the event a total success.
Clay Wright came out on top with a time of 6:30. I didn't fair as well since I took a face plant off the last rapid and came in the bottom 5. That being said, I was totally proud of what we put on and hope that next year can be an even bigger event.
Top 5 Racers:
1. Clay Wright 6:30
2. Geoff Calhoun 6:39
3. Matt Young 6:52
4. Adam Herzog 7:03
5. Philip Kompass 7:15
Here is a clip and a few photos of the event:
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