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FIBArk

June 18 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 pm

FIBArk: June 15-18, 2017

2017 marks the 69th anniversary of FIBArk, the nation’s oldest whitewater festival and Salida’s signature event. Since 1949, every June during the Spring snow runoff, Salida has hosted FIBArk, “First in Boating on the Arkansas.”

The festival focuses on whitewater boat races and paddlers from around the nation and world come to compete. The town is consumed with FIBArk. Every person who lives in Salida is involved as a merchant, a volunteer, or a spectator and people who come from out of town fill Salida to the brim to witness one of the premier boat races in North America.

Now, celebrating it’s 69th year, FIBArk continues in its long tradition to celebrate its past, experience the present, and embrace its future. The FIBArk Youth Paddling Program is a successful instructional series which develops the next generation of paddlers beginning with safety, roll and stroke coaching. The current board of directors has placed a greater emphasis on continuing this popular and important part of the FIBArk mission.

The festival is presented by a group of dedicated people who volunteer their time to organize the event and annually a Board of Directors is chosen to plan, promote and present all the weekend activities. FIBArk would not be possible, however, without the support of literally hundreds of people in the community who help as event sponsors and volunteers. The FIBArk Board of Directors thanks everyone again for their contribution and support toward this wonderful whitewater festival.


Sunday Schedule

08:00 AM

F St. Bridge

FIBArk 10K Trail Run

Join Salida Recreation & Subaru on the last day of FIBArk for this fun and challenging race. The 10K trail run will take you behind Tenderfoot Mountain on the new Arkansas Hills Trail System. The terrain is varied, including dirt roads and single track. The trail run is also the final of the Triple Crown Competition. Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers.

09:00 AM

FIBArk Boat Ramp

09:45 AM

Salida Whitewater Park (Salida to Cotopaxi, 26 miles)

Downriver Raft – START

FIBArk’s signature event, the Classic Downriver Race is the longest, oldest, most prestigious and perhaps the toughest race in North America. Celebrating its 66th year, the Downriver Race is truly an athletic marvel and continues to be one of the most respected (maybe even feared) whitewater races. Competitors negotiate Class III rapids that would be challenging to a well rested boater.  Age groups: Junior (18 and under), Senior (19-39), Master (40 and over).

10:00 AM

Riverside Park

Community Church Service

Hosted by the  Salida Vineyard Church

10:00 AM

F St. Bridge

Mountain Bike Races

Join us for the 5th annual FIBArk Mountain Bike Races. Registration categories include Expert, Single Speed, Sport, Beginner and Kid races. All races take place on the Arkansas Hills Trail System; course length and difficulty depends on race category. Sponsored by Absolute Bikes.

10:00 AM

Salida Whitewater Park (Salida scout wave to Stockyard Bridge, 2 miles)

Downriver Race – Novice

FIBArk’s signature event, the Classic Downriver Race is the longest, oldest, most prestigious and perhaps the toughest race in North America. Celebrating its 66th year, the Downriver Race is truly an athletic marvel and continues to be one of the most respected (maybe even feared) whitewater races. Competitors negotiate Class III rapids that would be challenging to a well rested boater.  Age groups: Junior (18 and under), Senior (19-39), Master (40 and over). Sponsored by AHRA.

10:00 AM

FIBArk Awards Platform

10:15 AM

Salida Whitewater Park (Salida Whitewater Park to Rincon, 10 miles)

Downriver SUP START

Part of the Colorado SUP Championships! Veteran river rats are rediscovering the adventure of Class I-III rivers that may not pose much of a challenge while sitting down, but when standing up they present a whole new set of challenges and adventure. Sponsored by Badfish SUP & Surf Salida.

10:30 AM

Poncha Springs

FIBArk Chain Drain Disc Golf Tournament

Now a classic, the FIBArk Chain Drain Disc Golf Tournament will take place in nearby Poncha Springs. Two rounds of 18 holes will be provided on the challenging and scenic course overlooking the valley. Disc Golf uses “Frisbees” or discs instead of golf balls and players throw at chain link baskets instead of holes in the ground. Sponsored by Salida Mountain Sports.

10:30 AM

Salida Whitewater Park (Salida Whitewater Park to Rincon, 10 miles)

Downriver Race – Intermediate START

FIBArk’s signature event, the Classic Downriver Race is the longest, oldest, most prestigious and perhaps the toughest race in North America. Celebrating its 66th year, the Downriver Race is truly an athletic marvel and continues to be one of the most respected (maybe even feared) whitewater races. Competitors negotiate Class III rapids that would be challenging to a well rested boater.  Age groups: Junior (18 and under), Senior (19-39), Master (40 and over). Sponsored by AHRA.

10:45 AM

Salida Whitewater Park (Salida to Cotopaxi, 26 miles)

Downriver Classic START

Open Canoe. FIBArk’s signature event, the Classic Downriver Race is the longest, oldest, most prestigious and perhaps the toughest race in North America. Celebrating its 66th year, the Downriver Race is truly an athletic marvel and continues to be one of the most respected (maybe even feared) whitewater races. Competitors negotiate Class III rapids that would be challenging to a well rested boater.  Age groups: Junior (18 and under), Senior (19-39), Master (40 and over). Sponsored by AHRA.

11:00 AM

Salida Whitewater Park (Salida to Cotopaxi, 26 miles)

Downriver Classic – Kayaks, C1, C2 START

FIBArk’s signature event, the Classic Downriver Race is the longest, oldest, most prestigious and perhaps the toughest race in North America. Celebrating its 66th year, the Downriver Race is truly an athletic marvel and continues to be one of the most respected (maybe even feared) whitewater races. Competitors negotiate Class III rapids that would be challenging to a well rested boater.  Age groups: Junior (18 and under), Senior (19-39), Master (40 and over). Sponsored by AHRA.

12:00 PM

Salida Boat Ramp

Crazy River Dog Contest

Dogs and owners meet us at the boat ramp and listen to the PA. The exact location will be determined by water flow. This fun event celebrates our fearless, dedicated pooches as they retrieve items from the roaring Arkansas River. Sponsored by Colorado Barkery.

03:15 PM

FIBArk Awards Platform

Details

Date:
June 18
Time:
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Event Category:
Website:
http://www.fibark.com

Venue

Plaza