River Runners to Host Second Annual CKS PaddleFest Race to the Grill on the Arkansas River

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Colorado rafting company partners with CKS for a class II downriver race on the Milk Run section of the Arkansas River.

River Runners Riverside Grill.

Race to the Grill is open to all skill levels and paddle craft.

The focus of this race is to have fun, and to be open to a range of skill levels and paddle craft.

Whitewater enthusiasts of all types will find both cold beverages and hot tacos at the finish line of the second annual CKS PaddleFest Race to the Grill – hosted by River Runners – with onsite registration starting at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 26, 2014.

The four-mile sprint race is open to kayaks, duckies, and stand-up paddleboards, according to Earl Richmond, owner, CKS.

“Paddlers will race individually – time trials style – down a class II section of whitewater ending at the River Runners Grill for an afternoon of relaxation,” Richmond explained.

Registration for this race – as with all other CKS PaddleFest events – will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Chaffee County, according to Richmond.

“The focus of this race is to have fun, and to be open to a range of skill levels and paddle craft,” Richmond said.

Travis Hochard, general manager, River Runners, said he expects the race to be more popular than last year, when more than 60 people registered for the inaugural event.

“This is a great way to close out PaddleFest weekend,” Hochard said. “The Race to the Grill encompasses what CKS PaddleFest is all about.”

Racers can register from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on May 26 at River Runners. A free shuttle will be provided upstream to American Adventure Expeditions Rafting in Johnson Village. The cost to participate is $15 per racer and proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Chaffee County. Pre-registration is available online at http://ckspaddlefest.com/race-to-the-grill/.

River Runners, which was established in 1972, is one of the oldest and largest whitewater rafting companies in Colorado. Choose from beginner, intermediate and advanced whitewater on half-day, full-day and overnight rafting trips. Raft the Arkansas River May 1 – Labor Day. Call 800-723-8987 or book online at whitewater.net.

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