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Kayak competition kicks off today

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Special to the DailyRacers paddle down Ten Mile Creek in last year's race.

To put it pretty simply, the Ten Mile One Mile isn’t an ordinary kayak race.

There’s no timing, no staggered starts, and no order – at least while racers are on the river.

Taking place in Frisco on Sunday, paddlers begin with a Le Mans start in the parking lot of the Frisco Kayak Park. They hop in their boats, strap on the splash skirt and bump down the slight slope into Ten Mile Creek. Taking the winding waterway into the Dillon Reservoir, boaters then paddle across the bay to the Frisco Marina. Once ashore, they sprint up the beach to the finish – carrying their boats and paddles, of course.

“If you’ve never experienced a whitewater race, or really, even if you have, this isn’t like something you’ve ever seen,” said Matti Wade, director of the event. “It’s pretty simple: You run to the boat, run to the finish. There’s no timing. The first one to cross wins.”

The 1-mile race culminates the two-day event at the kayak park.

Saturday at 8 p.m., paddlers will compete in a “best trick” competition under the lights in the playhole.

On Sunday, there will be a kayak rodeo from 2-4 p.m., with the downcreek race beginning immediately afterward.

The race is broken down into two men’s and women’s divisions: creek boat (9 feet and under) and play boat (6 feet and under).

Wade, who owns the Frisco boating shop Ten Mile Creek Kayaks (located across Main Street from the park), is putting on the event for the third straight year. In 2008, Wade helped resurrect a once-annual race in the area.

This year, he expects the action to be entertaining for those that choose to watch from the stone bleachers at the park or at the Frisco Marina.

“For a while, I was worried about there being too much water in the playhole and it getting a bit dangerous,” Wade said, referring to the recent high flows of the Ten Mile. “But it’s come down, and now it’s pretty forgiving. And there’s plenty of water in the creek as you go down.”

The competitions are free for competitors and registration is available up to the start of each event. For more information or to sign up, call Ten Mile Creek Kayaks at (970) 668-9294.

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