Family friendly paddling competition set for Sept. 12

The sixth annual Old Cullowhee Canoe Slalom, a family friendly 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. 12.

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 (ages 12 and under) and stand-up paddleboard.

Competitors work their way through the gates at the Old Cullowhee Canoe Slalom. This year’s event will be held Saturday, Sept. 12.

Competitors work their way through the gates at the Old Cullowhee Canoe Slalom. This year’s event will be held Saturday, Sept. 12.

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 kayaks and boards. An awards ceremony will begin 30 minutes after the last run.

The course will be erected by 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, and will be open the remainder of that day for practice.

Pre-registration for the slalom is requested and is taking place at the offices of WCU’s Base Camp Cullowhee, located in WCU’s Campus Recreation Center. The entry fee is $5 per person, per category.

Event organizers are students from WCU’s Parks and Recreation Management Program and Base Camp Cullowhee. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Parks and Recreation Management Club and the PRM Scholarship Fund.

In conjunction with the slalom, the Cullowhee Revitalization Endeavor organization will be holding a raffle and fundraising event to benefit the proposed river park project. The fundraiser and raffle drawing will be held at Tuck’s Tap and Grille after the canoe race.

For more information, contact Base Camp Cullowhee at 828-227-3633 or basecamp@wcu.edu.