Missouri Whitewater Championships – 3/21/2015

Jo has been telling me about the whitewater championships for a few years now. She said that I  would get a kick out of seeing the boats run down the St. Francis river. Its held there every year in the early spring. This year, I decided that nothing would cause me to miss it. So Corvin and I hopped in the van for the 2 hour drive to the start of the race. The race started around 10am and I needed to be back in St. Louis and downtown at 1pm. From the parking lot, it was a 1 mile walk to the viewing area for the race. Corvin and I settled down to enjoy our 45 minutes worth of viewing!

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OK, so settled in meant that Corvin was climbing up and down the rocks while I watched the paddling. I had a vested interest in the 3 Sartori paddlers and Jo Newbold.

Lucky for me, the 4 of them all made their runs in the 45 minutes we were there before we had to high tail it home.

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Jo Newbold getting ready for a drop

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Joe Sartori taking a different line

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Danielle Sartori with a clean line

And Deborah Sartori cheering on her family!

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And don’t forget all the safety boats out there to protect the paddlers!

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Dan Prater as a safety boat

It was a very cool event that I would like to see more of next year!

Hogan Haake