Last year, Mother Nature didn't comply with the organizing & oversight committee's request for mellow flows, & the race had to be cancelled. This year we're feeling lucky .. & a bit better prepared with a 3-weekend window for the race. So let's get it on.
This year we're targeting the last weekend of April. The flow window will reside somewhere between 4.9 & 6.0. If flows are unacceptable, we'll hold the race the following weekend, & ditto that the following weekend. So, the weekend of April 23rd is first choice, May 1st & May 8th will be the backups. And if in that 3-weekend period we can't pull it off, I'll be over it.
At minimum, what I need to make this happen:
Timekeepers: 2 volunteers to hike trail to start line & stage the starting line
Timekeepers: 2 volunteers to hike trail to finish line to meticulously record finish line times
Racers: 5 teams of 2 racers willing to race at given flow (all racers must have throwbag to race)
Ideally, we'd have some safety boaters at a couple places throughout the canyon, & some spectators to hold bags (& cameras & cowbells) around Tunnel & Sunshine are always welcome .. but the race is contingent upon neither of these. Again, all we really need to pull the race off this year is 2 timekeepers up top, 2 at the bottom, & 5 teams ready to rumble.
The Winners Robes with custom race embroidery (designed by my brother) will be on the line. Rob McKibbon ("Old Man River"?) & Ben Hawthorne will be aggressively defending the title & the right to have their names added to the sleeves a second time.
For the team that finishes D.F.L., there is the traditional Robe Gnome that will be passed to its new keepers (we hope).
We'll have a party afterward & I'll provide a bunch of beer. Last year, we had a bbq planned with lots of food. That may happen again. At the party we'll have an independent panel of experts crunch the numbers & crown the victors. We will also "pass the hat" & try to raise a bit of cheddar for our pal Effigy -- who many of you know well -- who traveled all the way from Southern OR to race in the inaugural event .. but who is now bound to a wheelchair & facing a pile of medical & rehab bills. Everything about this race is free & grassroots, fools, so please have it in your hearts to dip into your pockets & help out a friend in need.
You want to be a volunteer? Awesome! Get in touch with me or post in the comments. Got a race partner? Aye, que bueno. Let me know asap. Post your team in the comments section or send me an email. We'd love to see some of our downstate, east side, OR & BC friends come out for this. Any forum-hounds, please feel free to cross-post & get the word out on your favorite forum if you want.
And .. as always .. the comments section of this blog are open for shit-slingin' business.
Little Miss Sunshine; Photo courtesy Chris Tretwold
Hillary at Garbage. The gnomes be watchin'. Photo courtesy Leif Embertson
Off Broadway on a low-medium day; Photo courtesy Chris Tretwold
The old Garbage high-water boof (RIP) .. the gnomes be waitin'. Photo courtesy Leif Embertson
Crankenstein on the old Garbage boof. Photo courtesy Chris Tretwold
Is this 20-ft Waterfall? I don't even know. Photo courtesy Leif Embertson
I'm sure I left some details out, & I know that those dates won't be *perfect* for everybody, but that's what I had to work with. Any questions, hit me up or post in the comments. Stoked to make this happen this year!