2008 USA National Wildwater Championships on The Deerfield River
by Blair Winans
Zoar Outdoor, has once again been awarded the bid to host the Wildwater National Championships on the Deerfield River in Western Massachusetts. This event scheduled for August 1 – 3, 2008 has been designated an international race by the International Canoe Federation’s Chairman, Jens Perlwitz. “The Deerfield River is a wonderful wildwater venue and our 2007 Nationals were well attended by the Canadians. We expect the 2008 race to be very well attended by racers from the US, Canada and potentially other countries”, states John Pinyerd, USA Wildwater Committee Programs and Events Director.
Zoar Outdoor has a long history of running national and international races on the Deerfield River and last hosted this event in 2007. Last year was such a success that Zoar was asked to submit a bid again for this year’s event. During the 1990s, Zoar hosted a number of national competitions on the Deerfield River including the Slalom Nationals, Junior Team Trials, Open-Boat Nationals, and the Wildwater Nationals in 1993 and 1995.
The actual races will be held on Saturday, August 2nd and Sunday August 3rd and will include classes for Juniors, Masters and Grand Masters levels to encourage more paddlers to participate. For more information, please contact the Race Director, Karen Blom via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Blom /Public Relations