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Gore Race 2009 - Get on It!

Posted: 08/12/2009
By: Nathan Fey

Timberline Tours and American Whitewater Present the 2009 Gore Canyon Race
Saturday, August 22, 2009

This is the classic Class V whitewater race on the Upper Colorado River that brings together the finest whitewater rafters, kayakers and paddlers of all types of river craft. As always the race is open to all boaters willing to take on some of the best Class V whitewater in the state of Colorado. 

Spectators are welcome but remember: stay off the railway tracks!



Kayak 8 feet and under
Kayak 8.1 feet and over
10 feet and over
• Creature Craft
• Shredder
• Open-Standing Division (this is the 'most extreme' venue for this class in the country)


Friday, August 21
5pm– 8pm: Event registration

Saturday, August 22
7am – 11am: Event registration
9am – 12pm: Bus Shuttles are in operation for participants
10am: Raft set up below Tunnel to ferry hikers across river
12pm: Race Starts - Racers will be starting for approximately 2 hours, last racer usually finishes the course at approximately 3pm
6 pm – 8 pm Awards and Entertainment at Pumphouse Recreation Area.


Entry Fees
Kayakers - $35 per person 
Raft Team - $35 per person
Shredder - $35 per person
Tubing/Riverboarding - $35 per person


Prizes & Shwag
T-shirts will be given to the first 120 people that sign up for the event as well as to all volunteers and safety staff.

Prizes are awarded to winners of each class. There will be a 'raffle' ticke given to all participants and volunteer staff with plenty of shwag given away at the awards ceremony


Contact info:
Race Director:  Lisa Reeder
Phone:               (970) 390-4481


To Enter:
1 - Print and fill in the appropriate entry form below:
'Kayak' entry form
'Inflatables' entry form
'Other Craft' entry form

2 - Print and sign the event liability waiver
Waiver form

3 - Mail together with the entry fee, cash or check to:
c/o  Lisa Reeder, PO Box 155, Minturn, CO 81645


OR: Sign up on race day at Pumphouse


The BLM requires us, as race organizers, to monitor impacts at the race site, including environmental, parking and traffic as well as other ancillary activities. By doing this we avoid additional staffing and cost recovery fees from the BLM. Your cooperation in all of these areas is greatly appreciated and will help to ensure the success of this year's and all future Gore Canyon events.

Per conference call with BLM Kremmling and UP Railroad today; MUST STAY RIVER LEFT!!!   If you are safety, which Tim Kennedy and Charlie Ebel are heading up, then if you are on river right you must be at river level.  There will be a raft ferry service to get spectators across the river above Kirshbaum's; you can hike river right from the ferry drop of location to Tunnel falls, BUT must stay at river level..... Let's do this right so we can continue to have our event!!! Pass on the word.....

The usual campsites are available in the designated BLM section on the right; overflow will be on the left junction down at Pumphouse; you will need to pay an extra dollar per person at the pay fee area (above the car price) to camp in overflow section.  Please pay attention to designated parking areas so we that we abide by the BLM rules.

Anyone with musical talents is welcome to share with their fellow river rats a the festival. We will be trying to set up an open mic areana for everyone's enjoyment. We are looking for sound equipment for this purpose. Anyone in a position to help with this please contact us to make arrangements. A rental fee and deposit can be arranged.

Those that help with safety or volunteer for various jobs, ie: raft shuttle below Kirchbaum's,are an invaluable part of this event. This year, voulunteers and safety will get a free t-shirt for helping with the race. Please contact LIsa Reeder ahead of time if you have any interest in either of these areas.


Associated Rivers

Colorado CO

Associated Gauges

Disclaimer Data Sources
Gage Reading Last Updated
COLORADO RIVER NEAR KREMMLING, CO (AW#4139) 481 cfs 40d10h23m

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Upper Colorado River (CO)

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