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Ten Mile One Mile cancelled

Jason Starr

The drought strikes again.

Water levels in Ten Mile Creek and Dillon Reservoir are too low to hold the annual Ten Mile One Mile Kayak race and festival. The event, which would have been in its 12th year, was scheduled for June 8.

“I based it on the lake, because half the race is going across the lake to the docks,” said Earl Richmond of Summit Kayak, which recommended to the town that the race be cancelled. Myles Porter, of the Frisco Yacht Club, which puts on the race, went along with the recommendation.

The event had become a multi-water sport festival, with a rodeo, slalom and boatercross all taking place on the creek. The creek may have been able to hold the boatercross and slalom, but without the flagship mile-long downriver race, the whole event was lost.

“It was a good spectator event, so it’s definitely going to be missed,” said Frisco community relations director Linda Lichtendahl.

The town and Summit Kayak say the event will return next year.

The inaugural Breckenridge rodeo, planned for June 9 at the new whitewater park on the Upper Blue, was also recently cancelled. But Summit Kayak and the Breckenridge Brewery are still holding what was supposed to be the post-contest party, calling it the Beer and Gear Party. It will be June 9 at the Brewery.

With the dryness, rodeo boats have been the most popular selling item for Summit Kayak this season, Richmond said.

“We’re having our best year ever for playboating,” he said. “That’s the upside of low water. It’s the best time to learn and get in a playboat. You can’t control Mother Nature, but you can control what kind of boat you’re in and still have a good time.”

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