Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival

Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival

Friday, June 21, 2019  to June 22, 2019

Address:

221 Griffin Ave, Canon City, CO    view map

Description:

Join us for the 11th annual Whitewater Festival at Centennial Park in beautiful Canon City, Colorado!  Raging through the famous Royal Gorge canyon, the Arkansas River flows throughout the heart of Canon City, creating a beautiful backdrop and a natural playground for outdoor enthusiasts.  The Whitewater festival started in 2001 with Build Your Own Boat.  Since that time, the festival has added rafts, SUP's, and riverboats competitions making it the premier summer whitewater festival.  We are expecting high water this year, which will require greater skill level.  
 
For those who prefer land activities, we have you covered.  You can register for the 'Racing the River Fun 5K Run,' which will begin at Sell Ave trailhead (933 Sell Ave) on June 22nd.  This is not your typical 5K race.  There will be at least five simple, fun obstacles throughout the course.  Expect to cool off and get a little wet during the race. Free kid's race will follow.  Also on June 22nd, there will be yoga in the morning and the Hot Diggity Weenie Dog Races.  You'll not want to miss any of these events!
 
We have booked a variety of bands to perform live music throughout the festival.  You can enjoy the music while watching the whitewater activities or as you make your way around to all of the food and merchandise vendors.  
 
Join us for the Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival on June 21st and 22nd!  

Features:

 T Shirt

 Event Timed

 Food and Drinks

 Beer

 Music

 Kids' Activities

 Awards

 

Course description:

Please visit our website for specific details on all of our events.  www.royalgorgewhitewaterfestival.com

Directions to start:

The majority of events will begin in Centennial Park and all will end in Centennial Park in Canon City, or at the Whitewater Park, adjacent to Centennial Park.  ALL whitewater participants must check in at the Registration Tent.
 
 

Parking:

The majority of events will begin in Centennial Park.  There is a city-owned parking lot on the north side of the Arkansas River.  There is also parking available around Veteran's Park and in the surrounding neighborhoods.
 
'Racing the River Fun 5K Run' will be located at the Arkansas Riverwalk Sell Ave trailhead.  Parking is available at 933 Sell Ave parking lot and along the street.  

Awards info:

The majority of events will have cash payouts.  All award information will be available on the website, www.royalgorgewhitewaterfestival.com

Additional info

Online registration for all events will go through June 18th.  You can register at the Whitewater Festival.  The rate for same day registration will increase by $5.
 
There will be a $20 deposit for bibs, which will be fully refunded upon returning the bib at the regisration tent.

American Canoe Association

Registration fee includes $5 Event Membership with the American Canoe Association (ACA).

Rafting Teams

Please have one person register your group.  Everyone must sign a waiver at the tent check-in on the day of the event.

Packet pickup:

All registered whitewater competitors will check in at the Registration Tent in Centennial Park during the event.  There is no advance pick-up.
 
'Racing the River Fun 5K Run' registrants will have the option of early packet pickup at Canon City Brews & Bikes Friday, June 21st from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm.  Packet pick-up on race day (June 22nd) will be from 8:00 am - 9:00 am at the race start line (Sell Avenue Trailhead).   

Registration info:

This is a fundraising event for the community of Canon City, CO.  Proceeds from this festival not only benefit groups and organizations that assist with the weekend's festivities, but a large portion funds the Whitewater Kayak and Recreation Park (WKRP ) construction and river beautification project.  Not only does WKRP provide the perfect place to host the Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival, but it is also a tremendous asset to the community.  Located in Centennial Park, the play waves provide focus points for river activities and a fun place to enjoy the Arkansas River.

Options:

• Down River Sprint Kayaks - June 21, 2019 Pink House (7:00 PM start)

$30.00    Expires 6/18/2019

• Down River Sprint Raft Company Rookie - June 21, 2019 - TEAM (7:10 PM start)

$90.00    Expires 6/18/2019 11:59 PM

• Down River Sprint Rafts Pros - June 21, 2019 TEAM (7:20 PM start)

$90.00    Expires 6/18/2019 11:59 PM

• River Play Informal Freestyle June 21, 2019 East Wave (7:30 PM start)

$30.00    Expires 6/18/2019 11:59 PM

• Racing the River Fun 5K Run - June 22, 2019 (9:30 AM start)

$25.00    Expires 6/18/2019 11:59 PM

• Kayak Boater Cross - June 22, 2019 Above 1st St (2:00 PM start)

$30.00    Expires 6/18/2019 11:59 PM

• Raft Boater Cross - June 22, 2019 TEAM EVENT Above 1st St (4:00 PM start)

$30.00    Expires 6/18/2019 11:59 PM

• Rafting Pro Hyside Mini-Max R2 Battle - June 22, 2019 TEAM of 2 (5:30 PM start)

$40.00    Expires 6/18/2019 11:59 PM

• Raft Rodeo - June 22, 2019 East Play Wave (6:15 PM start)

$25.00    Expires 6/18/2019 11:59 PM

• Build Your Own Boat June 22, 2019 (5:00 PM start)

$100.00    Expires 6/18/2019 11:59 PM

 

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