In and Around
Racing is an excellent way to test and improve your paddling skills. Many races are combined with clinics -- the focus is on learning and having fun, not competition. Here's a partial list of races in/around Pennsylvania in 2003; for a complete list of slalom, downriver and rodeo events in the US/Canada in 2003, see the 2003 Slalom/Wildwater/Rodeo/Festival Schedule. You might also want to contact the United States Canoe & Kayak Team at firstname.lastname@example.org. or at 518-523-1855, or the American Canoe Association at email@example.com, or at 703-550-7495, or the American Whitewater Affiliation, or the Bethesda Center of Excellence in Maryland at 301-229-2269.
There are also a lot of links to organizations involved in racing throughout the US and the world on the Whitewater Slalom Links Page.
The Pennsylvania Cup Championships is probably the most well-known and well-attended race series in Pennsylvania, and now has its own web site. It consists of five races held in Confluence, Allentown, York, Hummelstown and Bellefonte each September and October.
Red Moshannon Downriver Race, last Saturday in March; Grassflat, PA (not far from State College); March 29, 2003. Contact: Tussey Mountain Outfitters, 226 N. Water Street,Bellefonte, PA 16823, 814-355-5690.
Kish Slalom/Junior Olympic Qualifier, April 26-27 in Reedsville, PA, a class II slalom conducted by Dave Kurtz and Mach One Racing Team. Team races on Saturday, individual events on Sunday. Online info and registration forms are available. Contact: Contact: Kathy Phillips, 814-234-7009, firstname.lastname@example.org, 381 Park Lane Ave., State College, PA 16803. Dave Kurtz, 814-237-7727, email@example.com. Results: 2001| 2000
Loyalsock Slalom, April 6, 2003 in World's End State Park. Contact the Penn State Outing Club Canoe Division. Results: 2002| 2001| 2000| 1999| 1998| 1997| 1995
Fall Creek Slalom, April 6, 2003 in Ithaca, NY, a class II-III (depending on water level) slalom. Contact: Theo Theobald, firstname.lastname@example.org, 607-255-3802. Results: 2001| 2000| 1999| 1998| 1997|
The Berks County Canoe-Kayak Regatta, May 4, is a class I-II downriver race held on the upper part of the Schuylkill by the Keystone Canoe Club.
Esopus Slalom Doubleheader, June 7-8 at Railroad Rapid on the Esopus in Phoenicia, NY. Check the web site for the Kayak & Canoe Club of New York for information. Two Class III races for decked boats in one weekend, plus team runs if time allows! Results: 2001 (1)| 2001 (2) | 2000 (1)| 2000 (2) | 1999 (1)| 1999 (2) | 1998 (1)| 1998 (2) | 1997 (1)| 1997 (2)
Dog Days Slalom, August 16-17, 2003 Spring Creek, Bellefonte, PA. Contact: Tussey Mountain Outfitters, 226 N. Water Street, Bellefonte, PA 16823, 814-355-5690. Often has fun stuff like an impromptu rodeo and team runs. Results: 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999 | 1997
Esopus Slalom (New England Slalom Series #8), October 6. at Railroad Rapid on the Esopus in Phoenicia, NY. Class III slalom. Contact: Chris Carter, email@example.com, PO Box 262, St. Peter's Village, PA, 19470, (610) 469-0481. Results: 2002| 2001| 2000| 1999| 1998| 1997