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28th Annual Upper Yough Race - July 26

Posted: 04/21/2008
by Mark Singleton

The 4th Annual Yough Festival and 28th Annual Upper Yough Race will take place on Saturday, July 26, 2008. Race registration will take place on July 26, from 10:00AM to 1:00PM at the liquor store parking lot across from Mountain Surf. Due to increased insurance costs the entry fee is $30.00 and includes; insurance, timing with prompt printed results, T-shirt, band, prizes, finish line refreshments, and festival admittance. A great variety of food vendors will be available at the Friendsville Town Park.

The race will start at 4:00 PM at Gap Falls and race to Kendall pool. Racers will start at one-minute intervals. Those who want to race with a friend or group for safety or fun need to register together. Registration ends promptly at 1:00 PM. The starting positions will be posted shortly thereafter. Driving and boating to the starting line will take you around 1 hour and 15 minutes. Please give yourself plenty of time to get to the starting line.

Boat classes include Men's, Women's, Wildwater, Wavehopper, Slalom, K2, Creek boat, Play boat, Canoe, Ducky, and Raft. The results publication will reflect all of these classes for your enjoyment and recognition. Prize allotment varies from year-to-year, speed will be rewarded when it comes to prizes.

The race organizers have a special request to the boating public regarding Saturday's special release, they ask that you respect the desire of racers to have an open and clear race course. The race starts near the end of the release, 5:00 pm. If you are on the water, please be aware of the time and pull over to watch the race.
The Yough Festival committee is planning ambitiously for a fun filled event. Any proceeds above event expenses will go to river conservation and American Whitewater. Ask for your Friday off now and don't miss it! Any Race Questions e-mail,

Associated Projects

Upper Yough Access (MD)
AW collaboratively manages the put in for the Upper Youghiogheny River in Western Maryland.
Upper Yough Releases (MD)
American Whitewater worked closely with local paddlers and other stakeholders to negotiate an improved flow regime on the Upper Yough.

Associated Rivers

Youghiogheny MD
3. Upper IV-V