Well, not quite rivers. But facing the traditional low water point of the summer in Central Ontario, Perry’s Creek has provided real whitewater challenges to KWP Fun Run participants as Burleigh Falls has slowed to a relative trickle. As a result, paddlers are spending more time on Perry’s, sharpening skills like eddy hopping, reading and running, bracing to avoid real pain, quick rolls to avoid a beating and dealing with finding yourself stuck in a hole. So while it’s a great place for skill development, it’s not such a great place for a competition open to paddlers of all levels. This has posed a challenge to Run organizers trying to come up with low water challenges but they stepped it up in Week 6 with a brand new event – the hand paddle boatercross.
Held on the same course as regular boatercross, Fun Run paddlers had to toss their paddles and navigate the course and the falls with just their hands. Some carnage ensured (no names) but Gavin, Terry and Zack pulled off first, second and third, good for 7, 6 and 5 points respectively. Fun Run race leader Tom was scheduled to feed the group for Week 6 and as a result was tied to the BBQ grilling up a mess of peameal bacon (cue the Canuck jokes) instead of joining the event. As a result, he picked up the default 5 points for the cook, enough to hold on to first overall.
Week 7 did not bring more rain but it did bring the need for more creativity when it came to the week’s event. After Perry’s Creek saw what was likely the largest group paddle yet this season, KWPer’s took to the land for a rope toss competition. Taking first place was Todd, followed by Tony and Tom, whose 5 points were enough to stay ahead for another week. Top female through Week 7 is Haley Golding, who we are extremely proud to say was last week named to the Canadian team for the World Mountain Biking Championships, to be held August 21-25 in South Africa…….GO HALEY!!!
Run standings, end of Week 7 2013