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4th Annual Toby Creek Race

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Filed under: Events & FestivalsWhitewater Kayaking

by Simon Coward

Alberta Slalom Canoe and Kayak, NRS, Dagger Kayaks and Aquabatics Calgary are super stoked to announce the 4th Annual Toby Creek Kayak Festival for 2018.  The dates for this years event are July 27th - 29th.

Categories for 2018

SATURDAY

  • Intermediate Division:  This race is run on a Class 2/3 section of river with a long runout and plenty of safety.  There are 5 slalom gates on the course.  Competitors can train on the course in the morning.  Run 1 is a qualification lap and then Run 2 is the final.  Your time on run 2 is your final time and will determine your final rank.   Max 30 competitors.
  • Advanced Division: This division is run on a continuous Class IV section of whitewater.  Race organizers and competitors will provide safety for the race ONLY.  Racers get 2 runs and their best time counts.  The course has 5 gates through the 250m (approx.) course.  Max 30 competitors. 
  • Elite Division Preliminary Round:  This division is run on a continuous Class IV section of whitewater.  Race organizers and competitors will provide safety for the race ONLY.  Racers get 2 runs and their best time counts.  The course has 5 gates through the 250m (approx.) course.  The top 12 in both mens and womens races will go through to the main final on Sunday.  Max 30 competitors. 

SUNDAY

  • Elite Division Finals:  This will be for the money (so to speak).  The top 12 qualifiers from Saturday will go into the main final where they will have one run to get the fastest time possible.  This time will be added to their qualifying time from the Saturday.  The combined time will be competitors final tally.  Fastest combined times win.  Water level dependent but this will likely be run on the Slipping Rock rapid On the Sunday morning.  This venue is prime for spectating and will be a very exciting cap to a great weekend.  Max 12 top qualifying mens and womens competitors from Saturday

We have camping available free with registration, trailers, tents etc are all welcome.  It is basic and with minimal facilities though it is a beautiful property right by all the meetings, meals etc.

If you want to sleep off the ground, we have a couple of rooms available in the Helis Springs Chalets.  Amazing value at $275 + gst for 2 nights and right on site for all the festivities.

We do request that ALL race participants, coaches and volunteers register for this event.  Registration fees and inclusions are below:

INCLUSIONS

  • Racers:  Entry into Saturday race, camping, dinner on Saturday night ad access to event venue/beer gardens etc (beer extra)
  • Volunteer / Official:  Camping, dinner on Saturday night and access to event venue/beer gardens etc (beer extra)
  • Coach or Spectator: Camping, dinner on Saturday night and access to event venue/beer gardens etc (beer extra)

PRIZES

A portion of all race registrations go towards the prizes in each Category.  Though an outline of what to expect are as follows:

  • Elite (Mens): 1st Place MINIMUM $1000; 2nd and 3rd TBD (NOTE:  the mens prize purse is based on a $500 contribution from NRS and the bulk of registration fees from men entering)
  • Elite (Womens): 1st Place MINIMUM $500; 2nd and 3rd TBD (NOTE:  the womens prize purse is based on a $500 contribution from NRS and the bulk of registration fees from women entering, more women means more $$'s)
  • Expert (Mens):  1st Place AT Glass Paddle; 2nd Place $200 NRS Prize Pack; 3rd Place WRSI Elbow Pads
  • Expert (Womens): 1st Place AT Glass Paddle; 2nd Place $200 NRS Prize Pack; 3rd Place WRSI Elbow Pads
  • Intermediate (Mens): 1st Place AT Glass Paddle; 2nd Place $200 NRS Prize Pack; 3rd Place WRSI Elbow Pads
  • Intermediate (Womens): 1st Place AT Glass Paddle; 2nd Place $200 NRS Prize Pack; 3rd Place WRSI Elbow Pads

Note:  Prizes and values are subject to change without notice

Schedule of Events 

Friday

Registration at Heli Springs Chalets (See Map here)

Saturday

8:15am – Volunteers Meeting (with volunteer coordinator)

8:30am – Racers Meeting (mandatory)

9:30am – Intermediate race – ‘Nationals’ site

11:45am – Advanced Race meeting at lower race site.

12:00pm to 2:30pm – Advanced Race

2:45pm – Elite Race meeting at lower race site.

3:00pm to 5:30pm – Elite Race

6:30pm - 7:00pm:  Free Yoga session

7pm – Dinner/Prizes/Music

Sunday

9:30am – Elite Racers (and volunteer) meeting (at heli springs)

10:15am to 11:15am – Elite finalists practise runs (with safety)

11:45pm to 1pm – Elite Racers final

1:30pm – Elite Prize Giving (@ Slipping Rock Rapid)

For more information about Alberta Slalom Canoe Kayak please go to www.asck.ca.

If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to contact me (Simon) at [email protected], to register, please follow this link to the Zone 4 registration portal

Cant wait to see you all there!

Cheers


Simon