More than 50 slalom paddlers will compete Saturday and Sunday, June 21 to 22, at Wausau Whitewater Park. Event organizers are getting ready for competitors from more than 10 states who will compete for the USACK Age Group Nationals and the Buttercup Slalom Series titles.
Spectators are welcome to cheer on the paddlers in the seating along the course on the east channel of the Wisconsin River.
Wausau Whitewater Park is located along River Drive, southwest of the Marathon County Public Library.
The boats come in solo and tandem models, allowing for different classes of competition. Look for the type of paddle to quickly determine if it is a canoe or kayak paddler. Unlike the kayaker’s double-bladed paddle, the canoeists use a single-bladed paddle.
To make things predictable for spectators who want to see the timed action as the racers make their way through slalom gates, some of which have to be navigated while paddling upstream, the schedule is the same for both race days.
Paddlers take their first runs from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. There is a one-hour lunch break and racing resumes from 1:00 to 3:30. Awards will be presented at a Saturday evening dinner for USACK Age Group Nationals Champions and the Buttercup Series awards will be presented after Sunday’s competition.
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