Scott Shipley maneuvers through a gate in the K1 slalom event Saturday at FIBArk. The three-time Olympian won the event with a time of 79.5 seconds. See results at www.themountainmail.com.
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Luca Bohn, 15, competing in the wildwater division of the classic FIBArk Downriver Race Sunday morning, digs deep as he makes his way through a small rapid just east of Big Bend. Bohn finished his run in 1:24:43.
Kids in the Beginner Class of the FIBArk mountain bike races take off from the starting line Sunday. Riders could compete in Beginner, Sport or Expert classes. The classes differ by length of the race course. See FIBArk bike results at www.themountainmail.com.
Cory Munsch, Livermore, California, makes a run for the finish line in the 5K Saturday. Munsch finished in first place and said the weather was beautiful. Not pictured, Kristine Clark, of Salida was the first woman across the 5K finish line. She said she prepares for runs by running with “OL…
Joel McBride looks like he means business while competing in the FIBArk Downriver Race. The 55-year-old wildwater competitor placed second in his division Sunday with a time of 1:01:08, just 20 seconds behind winner Wiley Corra.
As one of the most experienced racers in the FIBArk Downriver Race at the age of 73, Albert Romvari finished in a solid fifth place in the wildwater men’s division with his time of 1:03:56. Above, he is all smiles as he makes his way out of Big Bend heading toward the finish line in Salida.
Jacob DeWalt goes head over heels with his bike at the Coors Boat Ramp Saturday. DeWalt and other bike tricksters entertained spectators between heats of the Hooligan Race at Salida Whitewater Park.
This year’s inductee to the FIBArk Hall of Fame was Nate Lord, who was known for nurturing a love of river sports in youth and promoting river sports, FIBArk and the Arkansas River to worldwide competitors.
This year’s FIBArk Downriver Race had a new venue but a familiar champion. Andy Corra was able to add one more title to his collection, winning his 12th FIBArk Downriver race Sunday during the first edition of the marathon race’s new venue through Browns Canyon to Salida.
A day after winning the Pine Creek giant slalom, Tren Long came back and used a penalty-free first run to win FIBArk’s slalom competition Saturday at the Salida white water park.
The FIBArk downriver race will travel the full length of Browns Canyon this year, forcing boaters to navigate some of the toughest and biggest rapids on the Arkansas River during the marathon.
FIBArk’s mountain bike and running events will have a different format this year. Instead of everyone lining up at a starting line and racing to the finish, the competitors will record their times virtually this year. The events officially began July 4 and will run through Aug. 7.
FIBArk’s downriver racers took on a new course this year, starting in Hecla Junction and rowing 14 miles to the finish in downtown Salida.
Cully Brown of Durango won FIBArk’s first Heavy Half, besting fellow Durango resident and five-time FIBArk downriver winner Mike Freeburn.
The new route featured some big rapids at Twin Falls and Seidel’s Suckhole near the start and Class 2 water after that, compared to the old route that started with easier water and then finished with the course’s most challenging rapids.
Salidan Michael “the Governor” McGovern defended his world SUP (stand-up paddleboarding) Boxing title Sunday, knocking foe after foe into the pool with his 20-pound gloves (when they’re dry).
Salidans Timmy Devos and Derek Scott triumphed Saturday at the FIBArk skate competition, with Devos winning the BMX open and Scott winning the pro skateboarding category.
The 8-Ball Rally returned to FIBArk for the second year Friday, pitting kayakers racing against seven “8-ball” kayaks determined to do anything to slow them down on their way to the finish line.
Cat Hardman of Huntsville, Alabama, was the only junior female competitor in the FIBArk kayak freestyle competition. With no other girls to compete against, Hardman went up against a trio of boys Friday.
All of the freestyle competitions at FIBArk took place on the Office Wave this year. The high water dictated the switch from the wave in front of the Coors Boat Ramp, but the competitors seemed happy to go with the flow.
Salidan Miles Harvey, 17, said he tries to get out and surf the waves in the Salida Whitewater Park twice a day. That time in the water paid off Saturday when Harvey won his fourth stand-up paddleboard surfing title, this time on the Office Wave.
In the FIBArk kayak slalom finals Saturday, Durango 17-year-old Nate Foster got to race against two former Olympians – Scott Shipley and Eric Jackson.
Salidan Taryn Ceglowski followed up her victory in the Tenderfoot Hill Climb Thursday by winning the women’s category and finishing sixth overall Sunday in the FIBArk 10K trail run.