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NECHES, July 28, 2014—Known as the “Toughest ‘little’ race in Texas,” the Neches Wilderness Race will be held this year on August 2, 2014.
This fun and challenging event is set up with two classes of paddlers: leisure class and pro class, with the pro class paddlers leaving the start an hour later than the leisure paddlers. The course distance is 22 miles.
Check-in will begin at 6:30 a.m., and participants will be given numbers to place on their boats for identification. Classes then launch at times intervals. Leisure Class will begin launching at 8:00 a.m., and Pro Class will begin launching at 9:00 a.m. Any paddlers who have not passed the last checkpoint by 3:00 p.m., will be removed from the race. All contestants must be out of the river before dark to ensure safety.
Free collectors t-shirts will be available for race participants as well as free refreshments at the finish line. Awards will be given in all listed categories.
Water stations and check points are set up at two locations along the racecourse, with race volunteers monitoring paddlers’ condition, and providing water to those who need it. Instant contact with emergency personnel will be available, and a drag boat will sweep the river from starting line to finish making sure there are no stragglers remaining on the river.
KYYK’s Gary Richards spoke with founding organization Neches River Runners’ Kim Zemer about the event. Click below for more.
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