The second event in the 2016 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown series was a new event format for us by racing up river. We had a good turn out with 12 competitors joining in for some friendly attainment race competition with the Nolichucky Beer League! We had a few spectators who watched and cheered on the competitors from the river bank. The event was held in the Nolichucky River Gorge, TN on a nice mild evening with mostly cloudy skies.
The river level was around 950 CFS and spirits were high with many of the racers eager to give this new race event style a go! The course start was up at a spot in the bottom of the gorge known as Cherokee Dam above the USA Raft river access. The finish line was the river right eddy at the bottom of Twin Eddies (The last Class III rapid in the gorge) 1 mile upstream. The course has several class I-II rapids racers had to ascend to make it to the finish line. We launched classes in a mass start format and good times were had by all!
2016 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown Event #2 Results:
Men‘s K-1 Long Boat:
1. Curtis England (17:51)
2. Craig Wassinger (17:55)
3. Ryan Horn (19:44)
4. Matt Dalton (21:29)
5. Jeff Vannoy (23:02)
6. Wesley R. Bradley (29:53)
7. Josh Dalton (59:47)
8. Jamison Evans (1:05:52)
9. Ben Carr (*HE)
9. Andrew Price (*HE)
Men‘s K-1 Short Boat:
1. Andy Woods (1:07:15)
2. Kevin Masters (*HE)
Thank you to all the competitors for their participation and congrats to our class winners of Event #2!
*It came down to virtual tie at the finish for 1st with some rubbing is racing between Curtis and Craig!
*After the event many of the racers portaged around Twin Eddies to try the very challenging Gatekeeper attainment move above the rapid and venture deeper up into the gorge.
*The Jackson Action Wagon was on-site with FREE long boat demos for racers to try out.
*All competitors & volunteers who participated went home with a nice prize!
A big thank you goes out to our great volunteers for their help in event #2:
Ryan Horn – Registration & Race Course
Mike Potter – Photographer
Curtis England – Starter & Finish Line Judge
A huge thank you goes out to our World Kayak Partners & the local sponsors below for all the great prizes & support of the events!
Our World Kayak Program Partners
Our local sponsor for this event:
A special thank you to USA Raft for hosting the event with the Nolichucky Beer League!
Stay tuned for details about HTTD event #3 coming soon to the Tri-Cities! Hope to see you on the Noli to throwdown!!