Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Race brings attention to river


Photo courtesy of Fredericksburg.com

It's not that hard, perhaps, to canoe down a river.

If you want a challenge, try poling yourself up it.

That's what a small group of canoe polers were doing yesterday during the 31st annual Great Rappahannock Whitewater Canoe Race.

Using long, metal poles, half a dozen competitors and newbies stood up in their canoes and slowly poled up the rapids below where Embrey Dam used to be.

Muscles strained. Canoes wobbled. A pole was dropped and had to be fetched.

Chris Stec, a Fredericksburg resident who works with the Fredericksburg-based American Canoe Association, said...
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