The race started in the river right eddy beside the wooden launch ramp at the bottom of the 660 steps to get down into the gorge. The finish line was the confluence of the river into Tugalo Lake. The race course was 1.54 miles long through all the major rapids of the Tallulah Gorge and dropped 413 total vertical feet. The race was a time trial event in which each racer was started in one minute intervals. There were 35 spots open for boaters to apply and qualification for the race was based on past experience at the Green Race, the Lord of the Fork race, and Tallulah Gorge experience. A total of 33 racers gave this race a go!
Top 3 Men:
Pat Keller – Stinger – 10:27
Zach Fraysier – Karma Unlimited – 10:32
Brad McMillan – Green Boat – 10:37
Top 3 Women:
Adriene Levknecht – Green Boat – 11:08
Rowan Stuart – Green Boat – 12:19
Complete Race Results:
|1||1||Pat Keller||Liquid Logic Stinger||10:27|
|2||8||Zach Fraysier||Jackson Karma Unlimited||10:32|
|3||2||Brad McMillan||Dagger Green Boat||10:37|
|4||3||Hunt Jennings||Liquid Logic Stinger||10:44|
|5||12||Tad Dennis||Dagger Green Boat||10:49|
|6||4||Holt McWhirt||Dagger Green Boat||11:00|
|6||6||Hunter Cooper||Dagger Green Boat||11:00|
|6||26||Bobby Miller||Liquid Logic Stinger||11:00|
|9||5||Adriene Levknecht||Dagger Green Boat||11:08|
|10||30||Paul Prather||Dagger Green Boat||11:18|
|11||13||Grady Flynn||Dagger Green Boat||11:20|
|12||9||Wade Harrison||Dagger Green Boat||11:21|
|13||16||Logan Foster||Dagger Green Boat||11:34|
|14||11||Mark Robertson||Dagger Green Boat||11:36|
|15||14||Ben Drew||Liquid Logic Stinger||11:51|
|16||34||Brandon Beaty||Jackson Karma Unlimited||11:52|
|17||10||Evan Spysinki||Liquid Logic Stinger||11:55|
|18||20||Jacob Clark||Jackson Karma Unlimited||12:01|
|19||19||Andrew O”Neill||Dagger Green Boat||12:04|
|20||15||John Keller||Liquid Logic Stinger||12:08|
|21||17||John Manley||Liquid Logic Stinger||12:12|
|22||35||Nathan Polley||Liquid Logic Stinger||12:16|
|23||18||Rowan Stuart||Dagger Green Boat||12:19|
|24||24||Micah Cox||Dagger Green Boat||12:24|
|25||31||Seth Scott||Liquid Logic Stinger||12:30|
|26||23||Todd Van der Hoof||Dagger Green Boat||12:33|
|27||27||Nick Fiedler||Liquid Logic Stinger||12:38|
|28||21||Allen Pippin||Dagger Green Boat||12:59|
|29||29||Aeon Russo||Jackson Karma Rock Garden||13:25|
|30||33||Rob Taylor||Liquid Logic Stinger||13:27|
|31||25||Wesley Bradley||Jackson Karma Unlimited||13:30|
Check out the Tallulah Race Video Edit by Jack Orr.
[youtube width=”560″ height=”315″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YI5KTsNmTqM[/youtube]
It took a Village to pull off the First Tallulah Race…….and all of the Villagers did an awesome job!!!
Thank you to :
Georgia Power, Department of Natural Resources, the Georgia Canoeing Association and the ACA for working with us on the Permit and Insurance so we could hold the race.
Our Safety Officers, Ronny Barrett, Josh Shoda and Stephen Lambert for recruiting and working with a great team of safety boaters. …
Linc Stallings and Joshua Meade for the support rafts, Pat Kessler and Melissa Peters our Medical Officers.
The Timing Team of Jen Maxwell, Ben Peters, Kate Fraysier, Staci Ard, Conner Vorpahl and Halley Burleson.
Put In Pit Crew of Geoff Page, Courtney, Marbry, Todd and Olivia McGinnis.
Shuttle kindly provided by Kayak Columbus/Jim Malo, Liquid Logic/ Pat K and Allen Pippin.
Matthew Nielson and his media team including Jack Orr, Conner Vorphal, Sarah Ruhlen
Tammy Lea for Coordinating the Release Volunteers who do an amazing job with the smooth running of the releases.
Joe Gudger at ACE Kayak for taking care of the setup to show the Race Highlights at the awards and the idea to run a race at Tallulah (be grateful we didn’t go with his original idea of the race starting at the top of the stairs and ending at the Take Out for the “Tallulah Experience”).
World Kayak, Watershed, Astral
Special thanks go to Doug Webber for helping out and supporting a newbie with Race Logistics.
Thank you to the Racers that signed up to support the First Tallulah Race and to the non racing boaters for your patience on the stairs while we finished up the race.
(the list could go on…..)
Looking forward to Tallulah Race 2017!!
Laura Dillon – Tallulah Race Director – firstname.lastname@example.org
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