FAR Events – 2012 Video
The FAR Events are back and even better than a year ago. We are still offering the Duckie Dash, Pedal Paddle Battle, and WAR, but new this year is a Disc Golf Tournament and a Fly Casting Competition. There is something for everyone. You can challenge yourself on a difficult but amazing bike race up the southside of the Royal Gorge, riding across the world famous Royal Gorge Bridge and taking the fast trip downhill into Cañon City. You can also participate in a quick race on the Arkansas River or challenge yourself on a brutal 5K/obstacle course known simply as WAR. In this race you will battle obstacles and the heat. You can also compete in all three in a Progressive Triathlon or a Team Triathlon.
If you are looking to participate in Disc Golf or the Fly Casting competition register soon as space is limited. Check out the Adventure Events run by FAR (Fremont Adventure Recreation).
You can also register Day Of at the Centennial Park Registration Tent.
RGWF Adventure Events Information
Packet Pickup and Event Day Registration
Pedal Paddle Battle Event Day registration and pre-registered rider Packets can be picked up at the Centennial Park Registration tent starting at noon and going until 4:00 on Friday. After that the operation moves over the hill to the AAE beach at Parkdale. Race starts at 6:30.
Disc Golf Event Day registration and player check in will be held at PCC-Fremont Campus starting at 8:30 am. Rules meeting will be at 8:45. This event is off site. PCC is located west on Highway 50 approximately 2 miles from the park. Swag bags can be picked up at Centennial Park on Friday night or after the event on Saturday.
*All other Event Day registrations and Packets Pickup will be held at the Centennial Park Registration tent. Please check in or register at least 1 hour before the start of your event.
Duckie Dash wave times will be posted at the registration tent. The early waves are reserved for individuals who are also competing in the WAR on the Arkansas adventure race. All other waves will be filled in the order you register. A mandatory safety talk will be given 15 minutes before your wave starts at the take out. The take out is located near the train depot. Please make sure you are on time for your wave.
Casting Competition start times will also be posted at the registration tent. Please make sure you bring your own rod. We will provide the reel and line. We will have one rod available in the event you forget.
WAR is going to be HOT, HOT, HOT! Please make sure you are hydrated. We have built in cooling elements to help with overheating, so be prepared to get wet. The starting line for WAR is across the river at Veterans Park .
Please email me at Brian@joinFAR.org if you have any questions or visit the Fremont Adventure Recreation tent inside the festival.
We look forward to seeing you this weekend for Boats, Bands and Beer-and some great adventures.
PPB- Free Drink to top 5 male/female. Overall male/female receives $50. Second place overall receives free entry for next year. Overall winner receives pair of yellow socks. King of the Mountain -$20 and KOM socks.
DD- Free Drink to top 5 male/female. Overall male/female receives $50. Second place overall receives free entry for next year.
WAR- Free Drink to top 5 male/female. Overall male/female receives $50. Second place overall receives free entry for next year.
Progressive TRI-Overall tri winners male/female receive 1) $100, 2) Free Tri 2013.
Team Relay Tri-Overall team tri winners receive a Free Team Tri 2013.
Casting Competition: Free Drink to top 5 male/female. Overall male receives a Beulah 9 ft 5 wt rod & overall female receives Plum anodized Wright & McGill Big Game Dragonfly reel. Second place overall receives free entry for next year.
Disc Golf Tourney: Free Drink to top 5. 1st $60, 2nd $40, 3rd free entry 2013
Pedal Paddle Battle (Friday-6:30)- A shotgun start kicks off the 2nd edition of the Pedal Paddle Battle! That’s right, in this race the boats and bikes will battle for bragging rights, as they race each other to the finish line in Canon City, CO. Rafters and riders alike can take a deep breath and await the countdown…3-2-1-Go! Say “good-bye” to the highway (at least for now), and begin the gradual climb south on County Road 3. Four and half miles of undulating, yet nonetheless challenging, terrain looms. Make the split onto County Road 3A at the Copper Gulch Road Y intersection, and you’re now headed for the crux of the day’s challenge, the south side climb up to the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park.
Cuddle-up to the cobbles and enter the pain cave, because after grabbing as much speed as possible from one last little dip, it’s now time to dig deep and go toe to toe with The Beast. In truth, there are no cobbles, but that doesn’t mean the “backside” (as locals call it) is smooth. In fact, the road quality reflects the harshness of the climb perfectly, including a cracked-out surface and the occasional pothole. Aside from a couple flat spots, this section is wholly a grind, climbing 800 feet in 2.1 miles. On all other days, visitors pay an admission to cross the nation’s highest suspension bridge, but on this day, your race fee already covered the bill, so you’re free to fly across the wooden slats of the bridge. Take a quick peek down (1,100 feet to be exact), and you might just see the competing rafters making their way toward Canon City, hammering through class IV whitewater of the Arkansas River. But don’t look too long, because cyclists still have their own bit of hammering to do before the day is done. After exiting the park, there’s a bit more climbing to do, followed by a fast descent back toward HWY 50.
Once to the highway, riders only have eight more miles of pedaling, and thankfully almost all of them are downhill. Point the nose of the bike to the east and hope for a tailwind, because what comes up must go down, and riders have come up quite a ways. In fact, from the top of what is commonly called 8 Mile hill, there’s a full thousand feet to be dropped before competitors finish up in town. Wide sweeping turns and long straight-aways typify the exhilarating plunge down. Once into town, riders will put the power to the pedals one last time and make a mad dash to the finish line, which in the PPB, happens to be smack dab in the middle of the 4th Street Bridge. Exhausted riders can look down at the river once again, and hope that they don’t see a raft crossing the bridge before they do. After all, a free beer awaits the winner! All told, riders will cover 20 miles of pavement, climb 2,000 feet up and plummet 2,000 feet down, so regardless of who technically wins the PBB, everyone who completes this epic contest will be the victor. This is leg 1 of the Progressive Triathlon. Must be 16+ to participate.
Duckie Dash (12:30-3:00)-Starting 1 mile west of Centennial Park, at Canon City’s brand new pedestrian bridge, participants will dash into town through the Whitewater Park, splash through the feature play wave in front of cheering crowds, charge under 4th St bridge and finish by landing their boat at the train depot take out. The river may be raging so expect highwater and numerous obstacles. Participants should be comfortable being on and in the water! This event will be run in waves of 12 at approximately every 30 minutes. Duckies, personal floatation devices, and paddles will be provided but you can bring your own river appropriate gear if you choose. This event is the 2nd leg of the Progressive Triathlon. . Max # Participants: 60. Must be 16+ to participate.
Whitewater Adventure Race (2:30)-This event is run in two divisions, competitive and citizen. Both divisions will begin at Veterans Park. The competitive wave will run along the Arkansas Riverwalk trail to the Ropes Course. The participants will complete 3 lower elements at the Course, which may include walking the plank, shimmying across wire, and scaling a rock wall. They will then get back onto the trail continuing to Centennial Park where they will enter the obstacle course, consisting of approximately ten obstacles. The runners will go through the obstacles and finish with a slip ‘n slide into home plate at the baseball field. The citizen division will run from Veterans Park to Centennial Park and only complete the obstacle course, removing the 5K run from this wave. This is a timed event for the competitive division and completes the 3rd leg of the Progressive Triathlon. Runners must be 12+ to participate.
Progressive Triathlon-Complete the Pedal Paddle Battle, Duckie Dash, & WAR on the Arkansas to be eligible for the Progressive Triathlon awards and bragging rights as the toughest athlete at the RGWF! Awards for both male & female winners based on cumulative time.
Team Triathlon-Grab two friends and create a team. Each teammate completes one of the 3 events (PPB, DD, & WAR). Fastest cumulative time wins. So what are you waiting for, register NOW!
Gorge Hills Disc Golf Tournament (9:00-11:30)-An 18 hole amateur disc golf tournament held at the scenic PCC-Canon City course. The first 9 will be played from the front tees. The back 9 will be played from the back tees. This is a wooded, hilly course that takes advantage of the natural landscape to challenge players of all abilities. PDGA rules will be followed. Max # Participants: 45 (9 groups of 5) ages 12+
Royal Gorge Casting Competition (11:00-1:00)-Men & Women will be competing for accuracy & distance in this timed event. Each angler will have one (1) minute to prepare (strip out line) once he/she has stepped into the casting box. Anglers must then place the fly back in his/her hand. Judge will clear the clock and the angler will then have two and a half (2 ½) minutes to complete the three casts at all three accuracy targets and the three casts for distance. When time expires, the caster will be considered finished with the course and the score achieved when the clock expires will be considered final. There is no “time-out” for any reason, except for outside interference as determined by the Organizers and/or appointed judge. In the event there is a tie for fifth (5th) place for the men and third (3rd) place for the women, the angler with the longer distance cast moves on to the finals. Max # participants 40. Must be 12+ to participate.