Buttercup Slalom Races Brings People Across the Country to Wausau

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Teagan Johnson-Moore first started kayaking when she was six years old.

"I love being in a kayak. I love water," she said. "It's always been my thing. I've always been close to water."

Now 15, she enjoys kayaking competitively in slalom racing-a sport that involves navigating a course of gates hung over different rapids. The idea is to have the fastest overall time.

Here in Wausau, the Buttercup Slalom Races have attracted the attention of people from several states. And while many paddlers in attendance have navigated their fair share of courses, some say that the course here, Wausau Whitewater, is among their favorites.

"This is by far the best water course in the country," said Tarion O'Carrol.

And while the goal in slalom racing may be to get the fastest time around the course, for many people, it means more than just competition.

"It brings together so many people from such a distance," said Marcia Lochner, a volunteer. "What I find so amazing is that they have so many people from across the country to come to Wausau for this event."

All in all, Wausau Whitewater is a competitive event that has the ability to bring people together. More competitive events will be held during the summer, as well as instructional lessons for those interested in becoming paddlers themselves.

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