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Paddlemania on the St. Louis River open to everyone this weekend

Whitewater kayaking can be an extreme sport but it can also be for the casual paddler that enjoys class II and III rapids. These philosophies converge at Paddlemania where expert and novices share in good times. The Blast to the Bridge race features expert whitewater kayakers racing through the complex and beautiful rapids of the St. Louis River. The Team Rafting event pairs teams of four with an expert guide in the raft steering them through a slalom course.

Paddlemania is an event where whitewater paddlers from around the region and nation converge to enjoy the beauty and the challenge of the St. Louis River’s rapids. The event is also for those that are interested in getting into whitewater paddling, but aren’t sure how. The event is open to the public!

Saturday July 30th and Sunday July 31st 2016 at the Outpost in Thomson, Minnesota on the St. Louis River and Jay Cooke St. Park

 Saturday 1 pm Blast to the Bridge Whitewater Kayak Race - Watch expert kayakers paddle the steep and technical rapids of the lower St. Louis River through the heart of Jay Cooke State Park. Racers begin below the Thomson dam and race to the finish line, the Swinging Bridge in Jay Cooke St. Park. Best time wins!

 Sunday 1 pm Team Rafting Event - Watch teams of novice paddlers lead by an expert guide negotiate six sets of slalom gates on a timed course through class III rapids. No experience necessary. If you are physically fit enough to paddle you can participate!

 Spectators need a Minnesota State Park sticker or a $5 day pass from the park.

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