New Mexico River Outfitters Association Presents: the 2014 Mother's Day Rio Grande Whitewater Festival

The Mother’s Day Rio Grande Whitewater Festival, An American Canoe Association Paddle America Club event. Helmets required for all Races.

brought to you by: the New Mexico River Outfitters Association.

May 9 - 11, 2014

Mothers Day Race


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

THE WHITEWATER RACES begin Saturday morning with downriver, slalom, & rodeo events, for rafts, kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards. 


Mothers Day Rio Grande Whitewater Festival 2014

Friday May 9, 2014

River Rendezvous $15 per person including lunch from the Pilar Yacht Club.

9:00-9:30- Registration and Coffee
9:30-10:15- Streamflow Outlook, Rolf Schmidt-Petersen and Craig Cotton
10:30-11:00- Throwbag Toss
11:00-11:30- Rio Grande Climate Change Challenges, Dagmar Llewellyn
11:30-Noon- Planning: Rio Grande del Norte Monument, John Bailey
Noon Lunch- Pilar Yacht Club
1:00-5:00- Geology Float-Racecourse, Paul Bauer, Bring your own boat.
-5PM SUP- Inflatable Kayak Demos – Sponsored by AIRE Inflatables

-6PM Dutch Oven Cookoff - Show off your dutch oven skills! Following the River Rendezvous on Friday evening, 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.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

-8 – 10AM General Race Registration.$20 for the First Race, $10 for each race after, $60 per team of four, Rafting Race. First 75 entrants gets a Festival T-Shirt

-9AM Interpretive Guided Hike with BLM Ranger- Picuris Trail/Slide Trail loop
Meet at the trailhead at Taos Junction Bridge on NM 570 for this moderate 2.0 mile round trip hike. Spectacular views, history, and archeology! - Sponsored by the BLM Taos Field Office.

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

-1PM – 3PM Kayak, Canoe, SUP Slalom - at After 5

-3:30 – 4:30PM – Kid and Mom Tandem Race – starts at Lone Juniper 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

3PM – 5PM Kayak Clinics & Demos - sponsored by Four Corners Riversports

6:30 - 7:30PM– Awards at Rio Bravo

7:30 - 9:30PM - OPEN MIC - Campfire tunes - Sponsored by ELM

Sunday May 11th – Mother’s Day

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

-12-1:30PM – SUP Races :Men’s and Women’s Divisions:Long Board 11ft+, Short Board under 11ft.

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

-4:30PM Après Race Awards & Party: Mother’s Day Music and Brews Just down road from races on right

SPONSORS:  Four Corners River Sports, Colorado Kayak Supply
AIRE, NRS-Northwest River Supplies, Jacks Plastic Welding, Rio Grande Restoration  
An American Canoe Association Paddle America Club event. Helmets required for all Races.

$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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Prior Year RESULTS

 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.

Fun Video from the Race's Early years