USA U23 Whitewater Rafting - Help us fly to Dubai
We are the current USA whitewater rafting team for the U23 Division, and we are going to the International Rafting Federation World Rafting Championship. We've put up our own money to fund our way to Dubai. Help us offset our flight costs by making a donation to our team. It means a lot to us, and helps grow junior raft racing so the US can compete in the future!
The Clear Creek Wolverines were the first U23 team to compete nationally with a six man team. In 2015, we won our first national race on the Arkansas River, in Canyon City, Colorado. We had an intent of competing in the 2015 World Championship event in Indonesia, but due to unfortunate circumstances were unable to make it to the event. Since then, our team has grown in addition of five members and leading to the development of an open team. Open teams are for those who have aged outside of the Under 23 category looking to become a professional team. In addition recent team goals have been to continue to expand the U23 program to develop other competitive teams based out of university paddling clubs across the United States. The Clear Creek Wolverines are on the cutting edge-- leading the push for a junior United States Rafting Association (USRA) program.
2015 USRA R6 National Championship (2015 IRF World Championship Indonesia Qualifier)
2016 USRA R4 National Championship (2016 IRF World Championship Dubai Qualifier)
2016/17 USRA R6 National Championship (2017 IRF World Championship JapanQualifier)
About the Sport
Whitewater raft racing is a multi event team sport surrounding running inflatable rafts through technical whitewater. There is either 4 paddlers (R4) or 6 (R6) depending on the year of the race or what the race is qualifying for. Races are based off a point system awarding points in descending order for each event won. The four styles of racing include a Time Trial, a head to head, a slalom, and a downriver. The races are defined as such:
Time Trial (100 Points): The time trial event is the first race of the series. It is a timed short distance sprint. It runs a minimum time of one minute, maximum time of three minutes. The fastest boat gains upper seeding in the head to head bracket. The remainder system.
Head to Head (200 Points): Following the finish of the time trial is the head to head. In a bracketed race, two boats race head to head. The first to finish avoids elimination. It is a contact round, meaning boats can push, spin, and potentially flip their competitor. This race is about putting it all on the line to eliminate the competitor and to move up in the bracket. The winning team of head to head is given the advantage of running the slalom last to see where and how the other competitors choose to race.
Slalom (300 Points): The objective of slalom is to navigate the boat through gates in the fastest time possible. There is a minimum of eight gates and a maximum of 14 gates. Some gates are placed to be traveled through downstream while others are placed to be traveled through upstream, meaning competitors have to paddle against the flow of current to execute a clean gate maneuver. Time penalties are issued for touching either side of the gates and there are large time penalties for missing gates entirely.
Downriver (400 Points): Downriver is the most important of the events because it awards the most points. At its core it is an endurance race. The competitors will paddle a section of river that can be as long as 12 miles at times. The goal is to finish it as fast as possible. Downriver can be raced with a mass start, meaning all competitors in the field will run at once battling down the river to finish in front of their competitors. This brings the contact of head to head to an endurance based downriver run.
What is the money going to?
The funds we raise will go about half to travel expenses and half to gear. International travel is expensive, and so is gear. Whatever sponsors cannot cover, this money will cover. If we raise more money than we need we will have a good base for the next season.
P Jolene Seltzer