Events

Whitewater Junior Olympics

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Date: July 28 - 30, 2017

Time: 10 am

Price: $45

Age: 18 and Under

Nantahala Racing Club hosts the 2017 Whitewater Junior Olympics on the Nantahala River. This national-level youth event features slalom, downriver and freestyle competitions, as well as just-for-fun on and off-the-water events such as duckie-cross, SUP free paddle, and yard games. Family-friendly and fun for beginner through advanced paddlers, the Whitewater Junior Olympics are a great opportunity to meet young paddlers and families from around the country and get inspired about whitewater.

For more information, check out nantahalaracingclub.com

Event Details

Slalom: Olympic hopefuls compete at the Nantahala Bridge Gates
Downriver Sprint: a quick downriver race through the NOC campus
Freestyle: Beginner competition at Founder's Bridge wave, Advanced competition at 2013 Wave
SUP Free Paddle: take a break from the competition and unwind with some flatwater freetime below Big Wesser Falls
Duckie Cross: a mass start race in inflatable kayaks at the Nantahala Bridge Gates

Registration

Pre-registration: Register online by July 27th to avoid late fees
Onsite registration: Register each day from 10 to 11 am at the event tent, $20 late fee applies
Registration Includes: registration for all classes and events, event t-shirt, one entry to banquet dinner
NRC members receive a $10 discount. Click HERE for NRC membership.

Friday, July 28 Time Location
2017 Event Schedule
Check-in & Late Registration 10 - 11 am Event Tent
Competitors Meeting 11:30 am Event Tent
Adventure Dash Relay 12 pm Event Tent
Slalom Open Practice 12-4 pm Nantahala Bridge Gates
Downriver Sprint START 4:30 pm Nantahala Bridge Gates
Yard Games 6:00 pm Event Tent
Live Music 6:00 pm Big Wesser BBQ

 

Saturday, July 29 Time Location
Check-in & Late Registration 10 - 11 am Event Tent
Slalom START 12:00 pm Bridge Gates
Duckie Cross START 3:00 pm Bridge Gates
SUP Free Paddle 4:00 pm Below Big Wesser Falls
Banquet Dinner and Awards 6:00 pm Event Tent

 

Sunday, July 30 Time Location
Check-in & Late Registration 10-11 am Event Tent
Freestyle START 12:00 pm Event Tent
Giant Slalom 3:00 pm Nantahala Bridge Gates
Awards Ceremony 4:00 pm Event Tent

Visit NantahalaRacingClub.com for more information.


Directions

Nantahala Outdoor Center's main campus, the Nantahala River Outpost is located in far Western North Carolina on US Highway 19. 12 miles from Bryson City and on the south side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the outpost is nestled in the Nantahala Gorge. If you are on a Rapid Transit rafting/train excursions, the meeting place is in Bryson City at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot.

From Asheville, NC: Take I-40 West towards Knoxville, TN. Take exit 27 onto US 74 West towards Waynesville. Stay on 74 West, the outpost is 50 miles down this road. 8 miles past Bryson City, the 4-lane will split into two 2-lane roads. Stay on 74, the left lane. You will enter the Nantahala Gorge and after 5-miles you see the Nantahala River and NOC's Nantahala Outpost.

From Gatlinburg, TN: Take 441 South through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and through Cherokee. Just past Cherokee, get on 74 West. After 15 miles, the road will split into two 2-lane roads. Stay on 74 W, the left lane, and continue the 5-milts to the NOC Nantahala Outpost.

From East Atlanta: Take I-85 North to I-985 North. At Gainesville, take 365 North to 441 North. Just past Dillsboro, NC, 441 merges with US 74. 8 miles past Bryson City, the 4-lane splits into two 2-lane roads. Stay on 74, the left lane. Continue 5-miles and arrive at the NOC Nantahala Outpost.

From West Atlanta: Take I-75 North to I-575 North. I-575 becomes State Hwy 5, and then Hwy 76. Stay on this road until Blue Ridge, GA where you turn left onto Hwy 60 towards Mineral Bluff, GA. In Mineral Bluff, turn right onto Hwy 60 Spur. Follow it into North Carolina to US 74 East, turning right towards Murphy and Andrews when the road ends. Stay on 74 East, NOC's Nantahala Outpost is 20-miles past Andrews. You will follow the Nantahala River for the last 8-miles.

From Chattanooga, TN: Take I-75 North towards Cleveland, TN. Take the 1st Cleveland exit, the US 64 Bypass Exit. Go 6-miles and take the Ocoee Exit onto US 64 East towards Murphy, NC. In Murphy the road number changes to US 74. Stay on 74 East, NOC's Nantahala Outpost is 20-miles past Andrews. You will follow the Nantahala River for the last 8-miles.

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