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Photo essay: Kayaking in the Root River Challenge

May 9, 2019  |  Topics: Events, Spotlight


By Eddee Daniel

 

The seventh annual Root River Challenge was held on May 4. According to the organizers, 110 kayakers were registered, a new record. Luck was with us and the cold, dreary week turned into a spectacular Saturday. Because of the rain the river was exceptionally high, which made the run from Linnwood Park in Caledonia to Riverbend Nature Center in Racine both fun and challenging. We were warned at the start that a certain percentage of boats generally capsize during the event, even under normal conditions. I personally witnessed three spills and have no idea how many more there were. This was my first time for the event and I look forward to the next one! Here is a selection of photos I managed to shoot (with my waterproof pocket camera) while I wasn’t in danger of tipping over.

 

Group portrait at the launch site in Linnwood Park

Group portrait at the launch site in Linnwood Park

 

Volunteers assisting with the launch

Volunteers assisting with the launch

 

kayakers

 

Kayakers costumed as mariachis

Kayakers costumed as mariachis

 

Kayakers

 

Kayaker

 

Members of the Flatwater Kayakers Meetup group

Members of the Flatwater Kayakers Meetup group

 

The Irishman in a kayak

The Irishman

 

Approaching the takeout point at Riverbend Nature Center

Approaching the takeout point at Riverbend Nature Center

 

Queuing for the takeout

Queuing for the takeout

 

Eddee Daniel is a board member of Preserve Our Parks. You can see more of his photography on his website and on Flickr.