Local paddlers to compete on the Tuck

Todd Murdock, director of the Project Discovery-Talent Search Program at Western Carolina University, paddles with son Griffin in the C2 (decked double canoe) category at the 2011 boating competition on the Tuckaseigee River in Cullowhee. The 2012 Old Cullowhee Canoe Slalom is scheduled for 9 a.m. Sept. 8.

The fourth annual Old Cullowhee Canoe Slalom is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, just upstream from the bridge in Old Cullowhee.

This is a family-friendly competition for amateur paddlers on a calm section of the Tuckaseigee River. The course includes negotiating nine gates on flat (though moving) water. The competition has multiple categories, including single and double open canoe and C2 (decked double canoe); parent and child canoe; men, women and children single kayak; and stand-up paddleboards. Open canoes, life jackets and paddles are available for participants who do not have their own equipment; all other equipment is the responsibility of the competitor. All competitors are required to wear a personal flotation device in the water. An awards ceremony will follow the final run and a raffle is planned.

Participants are invited to practice on the course from 1-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7.

There is an entry fee of $5 per person, with proceeds going toward a proposed river park in Cullowhee. Students in the Western Carolina University Parks and Recreation Management Club are organizing the event. WCU’s Base Camp Cullowhee is the event sponsor.

Advance registration is requested, with registration under way and forms available at Base Camp Cullowhee on the WCU campus. For more information, contact Base Camp Cullowhee at 828-227-3633 or basecamp@wcu.edu.