River rats will soon gather for the Mother's Day races on the Rio Grande, near Taos, New Mexico.
SUMMIT COUNTY — One of the biggest spring whitewater events is set for Mother’s Day weekend near Taos, New Mexico, where rafters and kayakers will compete in a downriver race, a whitewater rodeo and a raft race on the Rio Grande near Pilar.
The races, billed as the oldest whitewater contest west of the Mississippi, are hosted by the New Mexico River Outfitter Association.
“This event kicks off the white water season,” said Cisco Guevara from Los Rios River Runners, one of the event sponsors. “It will be wild and fun and exciting.”
Other sponsors include Kokopelli Rafting Adventures and Surfs Up Kayak School.
Friday, May 6, 7 to 9 p.m. — event pre-registration and a video-a-thon of exciting whitewater films at the Hotel Don Fernando de Taos, 1005 Paseo de Pueblo Sur, Taos, NM.
Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m downriver open-class kayak race. 1 to 3 p.m. — Kayak rodeo, where participants will perform tricks at designated re-circulating holes in the Rio Grande. 5 to 7 p.m. — awards ceremony and video-a-thon will be held at Shadows Lounge and Grill, 330a Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos, NM.
Sunday, May 8, 4 to 6 p.m — Raft race will take place from Quartzite to County Line near Pilar, NM. From 6 to 8 p.m. — awards ceremony at the Blue Heron Brewery, 2214 Highway 68, Rinconada, NM.
The cost is $10 per person, per event.
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