The Friends of the Yampa announces the 33rd Annual Yampa River Festival June 1-3 in Steamboat Springs, Colo., culminating with the Paddling Life Creek Race on Monday, June 1.
Designed to raise awareness for and protect the 270-mile Yampa River in northwest Colorado, the last remaining major free flowing river in the seven-state Colorado River basin, the event promises a fun-filled weekend for the whole family, with slalom and downriver races, a kids activity zone, freestyle competition, dog events and more. The event kicks off with a registration party at Backdoor Sports in downtown Steamboat Friday evening.
After a 9 a.m. running race, the river action starts Saturday with a downriver race at 11a.m., followed by a stand-up paddleboard race at Fetcher Pond and raft race. This is all followed by the popular Crazy River Dog contest, tube rodeo and freestyle kayak contest downtown.
The action continues with a tube race (BYOT/inflatable, no paddle) at 5 p.m. from Rich Weiss Park to the finish line at Sweetwater Grill, where the annual River Fest party begins, featuring food, river games (horseshoe contest, ammo-can-tug-of-war, washers and more), raffle and live music. The festival continues Sunday with slalom races at Dr. Rich Weiss Park at 10 a.m.<.p>
On Monday, some of the best kayakers in the world descend upon town for the Paddling Life Creek Race, brought to you by the City of Steamboat, Rocky Mountain Remedies, Kokatat, Rhino Rack and more. The event features a Class IV-V race down tumultuous Fish. That evening, the festivities continue with a post party at Carl’s Tavern.
“It promises to be a great weekend,” says Friends of the Yampa’s Ken Brenner, recently appointed to the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District board. “It’s a great way to bring awareness to the river in our back yard, which serves so many vital interests.”
|Wednesday, May 29th, 2013|
|7:00pm||Yampa River Festival Kick-off Movie Premiere: Kadoma, Bud Werner Library|
|Friday, May 31st, 2013|
|6:00pm||Registration Party - SunPies|
|Saturday, June 1st, 2013|
|9:00am||Ski Haus 5k Running Race - Li'l Toots Park|
|11:00am||Steamboat Powdercats Open Class Down River Race - Walton Creek (Canoes, Kayaks, SUPs*)|
|1:00pm||SUP Demos - Fetcher Pond|
|1:00pm||Steamboat Paddleboard Adventures SUP Yoga Demo - Fetchers Pond|
|1:00pm||SUP Attainment Race - Fetchers Pond Start*|
|2:30pm||Eco Hydro Downriver Raft Race - Fetcher Pond to D-Hole|
|3:00pm||SUP Cross* - Soda Creek to D-Hole|
|3:30pm||Spiffy Dog/Outdoor K9 Crazy River Dog Competition - Charlie's Hole|
|4:00pm||Hog Island Boatworks Tube Rodeo|
|5:00pm||Backdoor Sports Freestyle Contest - Charlie's Hole|
|7:30pm||Post Party - Sweetwater Grill (Featuring "Missed the Boat", Food, Beer, Prizes and More)|
*Bonus 3-event SUP CUP events, with special prizes. Sponsored by HALA and Steamboat Paddleboard Adventures
|Sunday, June 2nd, 2013|
|9:00am||Yoga in the Park with Yoga Center of Steamboat - Rich Weiss Park|
|10:00am||Steamboat CampgroundSlalom Races - Rich Weiss Park|
|Monday, June 3rd, 2013|
|5:00pm||Paddling Life Creek Race - Fish Creek|
|7:00pm||Post Party - Carl's Tavern|
For more information, Call 970-879-6249 or Visit Friends of the Yampa