Beginning in 2010, KCCNY's traditional Annual Esopus Slalom was enlarged and enhanced
by the addition of a diverse array of other activities for whitewater paddlers,
creating the Esopus Whitewater FunFest! This
expanded event is designed to engage whitewater paddlers with a wide variety of
interests and abilities. Following are some of the highlights of this exciting new
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- 47th Annual KCCNY Esopus Slalom
- 5th Annual KCCNY Downriver Sprint Race
- "Head-to-Head" Boater Cross Competition
- "Run-of-River" Freestyle Competition
- River Trips on Esopus Creek
- Saturday Night Buffet Dinner - BYOB
- FREE raffle for goods & services donated by sponsors
- Optional Group Camping available at Sleepy Hollow Campground
Like the traditional Esopus Slalom, all paddling activities of the Esopus Whitewater
FunFest will center around Railroad Rapids, a Class II rapid located on Esopus Creek
at Woodland Valley Road just west of Phoenicia, NY. While participants in any of
the FunFest competition activities should be comfortable negotiating Class II whitewater
such as that found on Railroad Rapids. Non-paddlers are welcome to register for
and participate in the FunFest's non-paddling activities. Payment of a single low
registration fee enables participation in all FunFest activities. Participants are
responsible for providing their own boat and paddling gear (PFDs & helmets required)
for the paddling activities; however, participants do NOT need any specialized competition
equipment. All competition and non-competition paddling activities can be entered
using standard recreational whitewater canoes or kayaks. Participants using specialized
competition equipment (e.g. slalom canoes and kayaks) will compete in separate race
categories solely for such craft.
NOTE: On-site registrations will be limited due to the need to order food for the
dinner. Sign up early for the best deal! Don't miss out on all the fun.
How can I help?
The course will be set up during the day Friday and we could use a number of hands
that day to set up the gates. All slalom racers will receive work assignments associated
with the slalom race on Sunday, typically serving as a gate judge for a portion
of the race. Additionally volunteers are needed to help with preparations and coordination
of other elements of the FunFest throughout the weekend. If you are interested in
volunteering during the event, e-mail either the event or competition chairs as
noted below. Volunteers who help set up the race on Friday will have the FunFest
registration fee waived.
See you at the Esopus Whitewater FunFest!
John Coraor, Competition Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
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