Whitewater events and festivals will be vital to the success of Run of River, as they will attract paddlers and spectators who will not only spend time at the recreation area, but also shop, eat, play, and stay overnight at locally owned businesses in Skowhegan and Somerset County.
The New England Slalom Series, a club of the American Canoe Association, hosts 10 races annually, and the organization is always looking for new venues—specifically venues that offer consistent water flow. According to Clayton Cole, President of the American Canoe Association New England chapter, Run of River would make an outstanding slalom event venue with its consistent flows and proximity to downtown.
Similar to a slalom downhill ski race, whitewater slalom events require gates to be hung on wires across the river. To become slalom-race ready, Run of River will need to have a system of posts and cables on each riverbank as well as a set of wires and gates for use during events. Typical slalom courses are 1,000 feet in length with 18 to 24 gates.
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