New Mexico River Outfitters Association Presents: the 2016 Mother's Day Rio Grande Whitewater Festival

An American Canoe Association Paddle America Club event. Helmets required for all Races.

Raft Race

May 6-8, 2016 

FESTIVAL HEADQUARTERS at Taos Junction Bridge Group Shelter, Orilla Verde Recreation Area in Pilar, NM - This is your source for event information, race registration and great exhibitions by our sponsors.

EVENT SCHEDULE  - Mothers Day Rio Grande Whitewater Festival 2015

- Friday May 6, 2016

10:00 AM Geology Float with Paul Bauer, prize-winning author of the Guidebook to the Rio Grande published by NM Bureau of Geology, will lead a floating interpretive workshop on the Racecourse. Paul will be joined by several experts in archaeological and natural history topics. If geologists could be rock stars, Bauer would be the boss. His annual river trip is perennially popular with river guides and outfitters, who provide all the rafting equipment and navigational expertise. A limited number of spaces are available for members of the general public, from whom a $65 donation to Rio Grande Restoration is suggested. Register in advance with Steve Harris (steve.harris39@gmail, 575-751-1269575-751-1269).

-4:00 to 6:00 PM Dutch Oven Cookoff & Potluck @ Taos Junction Bridge Group Shelter- Show off your dutch oven skills! We invite everyone to participate in a dutch oven cook off. All interested parties need to bring their own charcoal, firepan, dutch oven as well as whatever you would like to put in it. There will be a panel of judges giving top honors in a
dinner and dessert category and a delicious potluck for all participants and guests to enjoy and judge for themselves. You may start cooking any time but Judging will begin promptly at 6PM.

-4:30 PM Corey Spoores of New Mexico Kayak Instruction, will host a “Getting To Know The Race Lines” down river paddle. This event is for those participants who may be unfamiliar with the racelines, or the run in general. While boating down stream we will discuss potential hazards, and racer/participant safety. We will meet at the Quartzite Access area at 4:30pm, and have a pre­trip meeting, and launch promptly at 5:00pm. Those people needing to set shuttle should meet at 4:00pm at the County Line Access.

-5:00 PM SUP- Inflatable Kayak Demos – Sponsored by AIRE Inflatables Check out a new boat and get out on an evening float before the dutch oven treats are ready.

- Saturday, May 7, 2016

 -8:00 – 10:00 AM General Race Registration. $20 for the First Race,
$10 for each race after, $60 per team of four, Rafting Race. First 60
entrants get a Festival T-Shirt

-10: 00 AM  - Downriver Race (meet at Quartzite)
Men’s and Women’s Division

-12:00 PM – 2:00 PM - Kayak & SUP Slalom (meet at after 5)

-2:30 – 3:30 PM - Park and Play Rodeo  (meet at sleeping beauty) NO Entrance Fee, just surf, music, photography, & fun!

-4:00 – 4:30PM - Kid and Mom Tandem Race (meet at TJB)
 starts at TJB and finishes at Rio Bravo Campground. (Ik's, Kayaks, SUP, Raft's)

-5PM – 6PM Raft R-4 Downriver Race (four paddlers per boat) –
Quartzite to County Line

-6:30PM Après Race Awards & Party: Just down road from races on right
at Blue Heron Brewery. 


- Sunday May 8th – Mother’s Day

-8AM – 12:00PM Pilar Yacht Club, Mother’s Day Benefit Breakfast for NMROA- New Mexico River Outfitter Association: All are welcome to attend!

SPONSORS: AIRE, NRS-Northwest River Supplies, Jacks Plastic Welding, Rio Grande Restoration, Camp Chef

An American Canoe Association Paddle America Club event. Helmets required for all whitewater events.

$20 per person for the first event (includes an event T-Shirt to first 75) $10 Each additional Event.
$60 Per Raft of 4 (R-4) for the Raft Downriver Race.

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 About the New Mexico River Outfitters Association:

The New Mexico River Outfitter Association is a collection of New Mexico's finest Outfitters who, seek to promote enjoyment of the river environment with the highest possible degree of river safety for our employees and the outfitted public, whom we serve.