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Outdoors Family-friendly paddling competition Sept. 14 in Cullowhee

Competitors paddle hard toward the finish line during the 2012 Old Cullowhee Canoe Slalom.The fifth annual Old Cullowhee Canoe Slalom, a familyfriendly paddling competition on a calm section of the Tuckaseigee River near the Western Carolina University campus, will be held on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 14.

Competition will begin at 9 a.m. just upstream of the Old Cullowhee Road bridge on the back side of campus. Categories will include single open canoe, double open touring canoe, decked double canoe, parent and child canoe, men’s single kayak, women’s single kayak, kid’s kayak (age 12 and under) and stand-up paddleboard.

Nine gates will be set up for paddlers to negotiate on flat but moving water. Canoes, paddles and personal flotation devices will be provided, but kayakers and paddle boarders are expected to bring their own boats. An awards ceremony will begin 30 minutes after the last run and a raffle will be held.

The course will be erected by 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, and will be open the remainder of that day for practice.

Pre-registration is requested and is taking place through Thursday, Sept. 12, at the office of WCU’s Base Camp Cullowhee, located in the Cat’s Den (old Brown Cafeteria Building) on campus. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The entry fee is $5 per person per category.

Event sponsors are WCU’s Parks and Recreation Management Club and Base Camp Cullowhee. Proceeds from the event will go toward a proposed river park.

For more information about the race, contact Maurice Phipps, WCU professor of parks and recreation management, at 828-227-3844 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Base Camp Cullowhee can be reached at 828-227-3633 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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