Rapid growth

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Competitors embark on the mass-start sprint race just below the first rapid (17th Ender) in the first canyon of Six Mile Creek. The water was high in 2010, 11.1 ft (3,800 cfs).Photo: Sixmile Creek Whitewater Festival

Everyone’s invited to join the festivities on one of Alaska’s most beautiful rivers, Six Mile Creek. The fifth annual Six Mile Whitewater Festival will be held on August 25. Events include an intense mass-start, downriver race series and an extreme, inflatable pool-toy race through a class IV canyon—all with easy spectator access.

Visitors can compete in the races or simply spectate. Event organizers say this is the rowdiest whitewater mass-start sprint race in Alaska. Once they start, racers are committed to shooting through the three largest rapids in the first canyon of Six Mile Creek (a few miles upstream from the festival grounds).

A riverside bonfire party with the live music of Big Fat Buddha, In the Belfry, and the Dirty Hands will follow the races on Saturday night. Expect micro-brewed beer, food from AJ’s Barbecue, a raffle for what hosts call “some sweet prizes,” and some fire-spinning once the sun goes down. All events, beer, music, and raffles are free, but generous donations are encouraged and appreciated. Funds raised will help pay the bands event setup costs.

 

Racer and volunteers

Racers must sign up no later than noon on Saturday, August 25 in the main festival-area tent at the riverside near Boston Bar, Mile 3.4 Hope Rd. For those interested in volunteering (hold a throw rope, be a scorekeeper, etc., meet at 12:15 p.m. at the signup tent for a safety/volunteer briefing.

 

Competitors battle each other and the rapids during the Six Mile Creek Whitewater Festival.Sixmile Creek Whitewater Festival

Festival schedule

 11 a.m. to noon
Competitor sign-up at the main festival grounds tent/main stage area with racing bib hand-out Racers and spectators leave main festival grounds at Boston Bar area and drive back north to the first canyon extreme race series site (about one mile north of the Seward Highway bridge over Canyon Creek, just before the Hope cut-off road).

1 p.m.
Downriver Mass-start Extreme Race will run through the three largest rapids of the first canyon (kayak, canoe, inflatable kayak).

1:30 p.m.
Pack Raft Mass-start Extreme Race will run through the three largest rapids of the first canyon (pack rafts only).

2 p.m.
Inflatable Pool Toy Extreme Mass-start Race begins with participants using pool-toys such as inflatable alligator, shark, couch, or whatever they want. Normal whitewater gear is required and pack rafts do not count as an inflatable pool-toy.

4 p.m.-2 a.m.
Enjoy the riverside bonfire party, raffle, live music, microbrew beer, barbecue and good company!

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