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Join American Whitewater Staff at the 64th Annual Mother's Day Races (NM)

Posted: 04/12/2022
By: Kestrel Kunz

64th Annual Mother’s Day Races are Back in Person!

Pilar, NM - May 6-8, 2022

This Mother’s Day weekend, American Whitewater's affiliate club, the Adobe Whitewater Club of New Mexico, is hosting the 64th annual Mother’s Day Races in beautiful Pilar, NM, May 6-8.

This year’s event will include down river races, slalom competition, and a freestyle or downriver rodeo and river surf competition (depending on water levels) on the 6 mile Class III whitewater section of the Rio Grande named for the race itself - The Racecourse.

Racers can choose to kayak, canoe, SUP or raft down river and the Slalom course is open to kayaks, canoes and SUP.

Races are held on Saturday May 7th. On Friday evening there is a dutch-oven cookoff, and community paddle trips on the following Sunday (a perfect opportunity to go paddling with your moms!). 


There is limited, first come-first served, free camping available at the Rio Bravo group campground - just a short distance from the race starting point - and additional campsites available in the area. Awards, prizes, and a raffle will be held at the Rio Bravo group shelter Saturday night.


American Whiteawater staff will be at the event talking about our work in New Mexico and recruiting new and returning AW members! Stop by the booth and say hi. 


Register online at 

For questions please contact attn: Michael Carney

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