New Mexico River Outfitters Association Presents: the 2015 Mother's Day Rio Grande Whitewater Festival

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

Raft Race

May 8 - 10, 2015

FESTIVAL HEADQUARTERS at Rio Bravo Campground, Orilla Verde Recreation Area in Pilar, NM - This is your soure for event information, race registration and great exhibitions by our sponsors.

EVENT SCHEDULE  - Mothers Day Rio Grande Whitewater Festival 2015
- Friday May 8, 2015

-8:00- AM – Birding by Ear with Robert Templeton- noted Dixon-based ornithologist.

In the Spring, the river experience is graced by birds, from migratory songbirds and spring raptors, red-wing blackbirds to eared grebes. But what are those mysterious feather-bearers who seldom show themselves, rustling and singing from the riverside bosque? This nature walk will help guides learn to identify the voices in the morning chorus. Tuition: $10. Sponsored by Rio Grande Restoration
Sign up in advance a must:

-1:00 – 3:00 PM Intro to River Kayaking mini course – Gives an introduction to the essential skills needed to paddle whitewater kayaks in gently moving water. Strokes, Rescues, Concepts and Maneuvers will be introduced and demonstrated. Space is limited, email for a reservation. Tuition: $10.

-3:00 to 6:00 PM Dutch Oven Cookoff – Sponsored by Camp Chef - 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

-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 9, 2015

-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 75 entrants get a Festival T-Shirt

-10: 00 AM - Kayak Downriver Race
Men’s and Women’s Division
Long Boat- 9 feet and above, Short Boat, under 9 feet.

-10:30 AM - SUP Downriver Race
Men’s and Women’s Division
Long Board- 11 feet and above, Short Boat under 11ft.

-12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Kayak & SUP Slalom - at After 5

-2:30 – 4:00 PM Kayak Rodeo at Sleeping Beauty - Rodeo Judge: TBD: Men’s and Women’s Division

-4:00 – 4:30PM – Kid and Mom Tandem Race – starts at Souse Hole and finishes at Rio Bravo County Line. (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 10th – 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.