9th Harpers Ferry Outdoor Festival & Tim Gavin Downriver race

posted April 19, 2007
by Ben Van Camp

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9th Harpers Ferry Outdoor Festival & Tim Gavin Downriver race - June 16th, 2007

For nine years now, the paddling community of the greater Harpers Ferry, WV area has hosted a kayak race/festival in memory of Tim Gavin.  Tim was a resident, friend, and avid paddler who lost his life in a kayaking accident in March of 1998 on the Upper Blackwater River in West VA. He was an outdoor recreation enthusiast and supporter of preserving our local natural resources for future generations. Since whitewater was such a large part of his life, money generated from this event is used to fund local river conservation efforts. 

This year we plan to hold the 8th annual Tim Gavin Downriver Race and Harpers Ferry Outdoor Festival on June 16th, 2007 at the KOA Campground in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.  The race will be held on the Shenandoah River.  The race course traverses Class I, II, and III rapids.  This is a fun race for all skill levels of boating, so bring your canoe, kayak, ducky, or raft.  Join us after the race for an awards ceremony, silent auction, great food, and live music.  There is plenty of camping space available so bring a tent or stay in one of the cabins on site.

For more information and to register for our event check out our website at harpersferryoutdoorfestival.org or email cr_rodriguez@alumni.umw.edu. Additional questions or interest in helping to sponsor this fundraiser can be answered by Mike Moore at (304)676-6853.  Hope to see you on the river. 

Ben VanCamp
49 Johnston Blvd
Asheville, NC 28806
Phone: 828-713-5825


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