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OGDEN NARROWS RACE

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Re: OGDEN NARROWS RACE

Post by Jeff Young on Sat 17 Sep 2011, 6:52 pm

As of this moment, the Narrows (green bridge on down) is now wood free. Low hanging branches that have always annoyed me are gone too.
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Re: OGDEN NARROWS RACE

Post by Jeff Young on Sat 17 Sep 2011, 6:55 pm

Going to need as many throw ropes as possible for shore safety to use. We will have a ton of people on the shore, so if you have a rope please drop it off during registration (please put your name on it) and we will return it to you when we announce awards. Please give me a heads up if you are down with that so I know how many to expect. Remember- the rope that gets thrown to you could be your own.. Smile
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Re: OGDEN NARROWS RACE

Post by npackham on Mon 19 Sep 2011, 5:55 pm

I'm excited to come and help out. How about posting some information on the race format here for us non-facebookers.

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Re: OGDEN NARROWS RACE

Post by Jeff Young on Mon 19 Sep 2011, 6:10 pm

Thanks Nate, you should race if you want.

Class 4 down river race on the Ogden Narrows, projected flow of 600 cfs.
Sept 24th
Registration 0900-1030hrs (at the take out)
Racer meeting 1030hrs (at the take out)
Practice 1030-1200hrs (water turned on at 1000hrs, one hour to full flow)
... Race 1200-1600hrs (water turned off at 1600hrs, one hour left of full flow)
Awards and raffle 1700hrs at Crystal Wave (19th and Wall, behind Walmart)
BRING YOUR PLAYBOATS TOO as the flow will still be high at the play
feature. There is a large dirt parking area and a place for setting up
grills at the wave. When parking, please be respectful and do not
block others in.

Race Format- quickest single lap time of three laps
Cash payout for winners.

Rules- Boat length 9' (equal too or less than 9' even)
Float bags required, no bags = no race for you
You will have four hours to complete your three timed laps
Good Samaritan Rule- stop to help a fellow racer, you get to rerun that lap
1 minute spacing, passing allowed, overtaking racer must pass safely
All racers must be present at the 1030hrs Racer Safety Meeting

Raffle- one ticket given with registration, $1.00 for additional tickets

Entry Fee- $25.00 regardless of ACA affiliation. $5 goes to the ACA,
the rest goes into the cash prizes. Please ensure that you bring cash
for the entry fee. (Checks, Credit, small children not accepted)
ACA waiver must be completed at time of registration
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Re: OGDEN NARROWS RACE

Post by brianteats on Tue 20 Sep 2011, 10:58 am

I have float bags someone may borrow on the 100% gaurantee- signed in blood, that I get them back. I'll be at the race, but I won't be floating anything Saturday due to prior engagements
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Re: OGDEN NARROWS RACE

Post by Jeff Young on Thu 22 Sep 2011, 4:37 pm

Just a heads up that the city is being super cool and are going to start releasing about 350-400 CFS in the narrows now until the race where it bumps to 600. I haven't seen the gauge bump yet. ENJOY
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Re: OGDEN NARROWS RACE

Post by Vertder Miff on Thu 22 Sep 2011, 5:12 pm

Awesome! Who wants to run it tomorrow?
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Re: OGDEN NARROWS RACE

Post by brandon on Thu 22 Sep 2011, 5:14 pm

what time?
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Re: OGDEN NARROWS RACE

Post by Vertder Miff on Thu 22 Sep 2011, 5:18 pm

Before rush hour would be best. I could go early afternoon. Meet at 2:30pm?
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Re: OGDEN NARROWS RACE

Post by Jeff Young on Thu 22 Sep 2011, 8:23 pm

Keep an eye on the gauge, it hasn't shown a bump yet and crystals was at normal flow this evening.
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Re: OGDEN NARROWS RACE

Post by unattendedboat on Thu 22 Sep 2011, 10:28 pm

Ill bail from work early if a group forms... I need to make sure i can still even paddle a boat.
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Re: OGDEN NARROWS RACE

Post by Vertder Miff on Fri 23 Sep 2011, 12:45 am

Dan, I'm planning on meeting some guys at around 2:20pm. This is, of course, dependent on the water being there. As of now, the gauge still says 41cfs. I'll post tomorrow to confirm.
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Re: OGDEN NARROWS RACE

Post by Craig.Bilderback on Fri 23 Sep 2011, 12:47 am

I would love to go early in the morning, I have to be back in SLC at 3. If the water shows up and anybody wants to do a few laps in the morning I'm down. I'll check back, otherwise climbing...would LOVE to get a little more paddling in this season!

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Re: OGDEN NARROWS RACE

Post by Wil on Fri 23 Sep 2011, 11:31 am

Craig, I was supposed to be out of the state for work this weekend, but am back. Was going to head up with the family and watch the race, but may be able to talk them into going early and letting me run a lap or two with you. Early is good for me too.


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Re: OGDEN NARROWS RACE

Post by Vertder Miff on Fri 23 Sep 2011, 11:52 am

It isn't looking promising. In fact, it's actually dropped from 41cfs to 40cfs.
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Re: OGDEN NARROWS RACE

Post by brianteats on Fri 23 Sep 2011, 11:59 am

Maybe they added a zero by accident and we're only gonna get 60 cfs tomorrow. "Welcome to the 2011 ELF Narrows Race" LOL!

Actually that would really suck, they better not renege on the flows.
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Re: OGDEN NARROWS RACE

Post by Jeff Young on Fri 23 Sep 2011, 12:46 pm

Now Brian, stop staring at your bellybutton and cheer up. This extra flow not happening doesn't translate into an ELF race. I'm bummed that its not flowing early for some reason too.
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Re: OGDEN NARROWS RACE

Post by Jeff Young on Fri 23 Sep 2011, 3:33 pm

Just got a call from the city, water is supposed to be turned on today sometime and flow through to the end of the race tomorrow. Watch the gauge, there's your heads up and if it happens, great...
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Re: OGDEN NARROWS RACE

Post by Jeff Young on Fri 23 Sep 2011, 4:16 pm

Just spoke with the water manager directly. Don't count on water until tomorrow. Sorry about getting your hopes up with an early release, was getting bad info from the city it appears.
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Re: OGDEN NARROWS RACE

Post by wasatchbill on Sat 24 Sep 2011, 11:21 pm

looks like you got pretty close to 600! how'd it go, other than the lost paddles? (anyone searched downstream yet?) Race results?

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Re: OGDEN NARROWS RACE

Post by Dave on Sat 24 Sep 2011, 11:39 pm

It was AWESOME! I finally got to run the Narrows! ...thanks to our river guide... Sam! A fair share of carnage was dealt too. Lost/snapped paddles, a pinned boat.... affraid

Spectators might have thought there was a swimming competition today, LOL. Just kiddin. Laughing

A BIG thanks to Jeff and everyone that helped make it all possible!!!
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Re: OGDEN NARROWS RACE

Post by Jeff Young on Sun 25 Sep 2011, 11:36 am

From my perspective, the race went very well.

Results-



1st- C. King $284 payout

2nd- A. Pruzan $170 Payout

3rd- Craig Haaser $113 payout



33 registered racers, tons of swimming action, boat/paddle carnage along with some serious game faces.

600 cfs got their attention. Smile



Timmy gets the award for consistency. He swam twice yesterday, at the same spot and this is the second year his boat was one of the ones that ended up pinned.



Only one injury, guy took a rock to the side of his face but is going fine.
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Re: OGDEN NARROWS RACE

Post by brianteats on Sun 25 Sep 2011, 12:34 pm

I've got a whole bunch of race action photos on my facebook (sorry that's the only place I have to share them online). It's a public folder so view, tag, download, get the word out, whatever. Enjoy.

They're only slighty doctored for posting purposes. Lemme know if you want the raw image.
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Re: OGDEN NARROWS RACE

Post by Timmay on Sun 25 Sep 2011, 1:06 pm

I had a blast with the race, even with the two swims. It was great watching the lines people took through poison ivy and demon while wishing I could make the same moves. Yes, my boat got pinned for the second year in a row but it was fine with no damage for the second year in a row. Thanks to all of those manning the throw ropes and pulling me out of the water.

There was another pinned boat as well at the top of the Narrows section. His almost new Remix did not fare as well as the cockpit was facing upstream.

Again, thanks to Jeff for organizing a great event and I hope to try to race again next year, except without the carnage and pinned boat.

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Re: OGDEN NARROWS RACE

Post by Flying_Spaghetti_Monster on Sun 25 Sep 2011, 4:36 pm

@Timmay I would suggest you start getting on the narrows at different flows. Hit it from around 200 to 650 or so. At 200 cfs the lines are tight, but the water is slow. The big plus to running it this low is you can see what is under the water at higher flows. 350 to 450 is about the best beginner level flows the lines are the same as 600, but the water is less pushy, and the holes less sticky. The down side is there is more pin potential. If you run it at those flows hit hard eddies, bomb down it as fast as you can with out hitting eddies, and run it in a play boat. When the flow is at 600 cfs it will be a breeze. I love flows around 600. It is just the right amount of water it is pushy, fluffy, and if you flip you may not hit a rocks. I was planning on handpaddling it yesterday, but my trip from SC to Utah took longer than I expected. I will end by saying this I love the narrows, and know it well at many different flows, it is close to my house, and when it is running, and I am around I run it all the time. If you are serious about running the narrows well I am willing to help you get comfortable on it.
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